Pensions, other non-cash payments narrow gap
By LAURA NORTHROP, The State Worker blog
First published in print: Friday, April 30, 2010
A study of Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows state and local government employees are, in general, better educated than their counterparts in the private sector, but paid less overall — a situation that accounts for the more generous benefits public employees receive.
In New York, the study showed state employees are paid 7 percent less overall than private employees, and local government employees are paid 5.9 percent less.
The study was performed by faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and commissioned by two Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit research groups, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and the National Institute on Retirement Security, groups with goals of improving the public sector work force and defending defined-benefit pension plans.