Bonus pay unmerited
I promised myself I wouldn’t write a Public Forum letter, but this payroll debacle in the Veterans Administration made me go back on that resolve.
“VA gave bonuses to 65 percent of execs.” “Merit pay came despite delays.” There were numerous other quotes from the articles, too.
I was employed by the California Highway Patrol for more than 30 years. I retired from top management with responsibility for hundreds of personnel and multimillion dollar budgets, but never heard of a bonus or merit pay reward.
I did what I was paid to do to the best of my ability and felt lucky to have the job. Once, I left behind more than 800 hours ($35,000) of unpaid overtime, because policy didn’t allow it when I was promoted. Was I happy about it? No, but getting promoted sure felt good. That’s what you do when you’re devoted to your work.
It’s disgusting to see bonuses paid to any governmental employees who swore to do their job to the best of their ability. They knew the pay and benefits scale when they went to work and should be happy to have a good job with promotional potential for pay raises. If they don’t like the job as originally offered, quit and find another, if they can in this economy.
If employees don’t do a good job, with or without bonuses, fire them and find someone who will. More than 12,000 new applicants just graduated from our two major universities. They’re eager to work, probably starting at far less than the dissatisfied workers made before they were fired.
Many people live on Social Security, welfare or less. They’d love to just put food on the table from a very small portion of what those VA executives were paid.
John W. Hope