We are all watching with great curiosity the current struggle taking place in the private sector as more and more municipalities and state governments are asking their employees to assume a greater share of health care costs and looking at ways to reduce their long term pension and retiree obligations – necessities to sustain long term municipal health.

These changes will be perceived as significant take-aways by public employees, resulting in significant workforce moral issues. Many public employees feel they have put in years in the public sector with an understanding that their ‘employment deal’ consisted of lower salaries than their private sector counterparts, but richer benefits. Although recent studies now point out that the average salary for a public sector employee is in fact greater than their private sector counterpart, the perceptions are what they are and they’re significant.

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