LaborPains disagrees, finding that PEU members are paid five percent MORE than comparable private-sector folks (without taking into account the benefits...)
In his original analysis released by the Economic Policy Institute, Dr. Keefe found that public employees suffered a 4 percent compensation penalty relative to similar employees in the private sector. Correcting for errors in that analysis, the Center for Union Facts demonstrated that the 4 percent penalty is actually at least a 5 percent premium—a 9 percentage point margin. Keefe and EcPI made an attempt to defend their errors, but—as we’ve shown here—those defenses amount to more rhetoric than substance.
The conclusion of our original piece still stands: public employees are overpaid.Has to do with some deficiencies in the EPI analysis.