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Re: Pay Wages For Small Engine Mechanics

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I did what cwtech suggested I left the farm after graduating from high school and found a job with the US government. I still helped my dad with morning milking. This was doing the Korean war and we worked 7 days a week. We received 26 days vacation and 13 days sick leave. Was paid time & one half for over 8 hours. Was testing engines on stationary dynanmometers that were run 24 hours a day. We tore them down when new and measured every part and when they completed the endurance tests they were tore down again and measured for wear. Started as a Wage Grade 5 and in 6 months was promoted to WG 8. Then I was drafted into the
Army and served 2 years and 6 years in the reserves. When I was discharged I was rehired back in my old job as a returning vet.

Six months later I was promoted Wage Grade 12 and this was when they had 26 Wage Grades. About a year later I was promoted to Grade 16 and then to 18. When Jack Kennedy became president he wanted government workers to be paid what privave industry was paying help. So they went to only 12 grades in the wage grade system. Then I was Grade 12 and got a few cents more. About the same time government health insurance became available and I signed up for it in 1960. Ike and Nixon had started this when they were in office. When the 1970's rolled around they said our current job description was wrong and we were converted to General Schedule known as GS employees and I was a GS-11. Worked there 43 years counting my Army time. Had 3000 hours of sick leave and 90 days vacation. The man that replaced me is still working and has over 51 years of government service. They made that position a GS-12. Look up GS and Wage Grade schedules for the Philadelphia area for current rates. Not many jobs where you can work that long. I kept my health insurance when I retired and can change
to a different company during the month of November.

From the 1970's until the 1990's I bought tractors and Troy Bilt tillers that needed repaired. I had over 30 Troy Bilt tillers. Paid my house off in 10 years and sent our daughter to nursing school and she has an AA degree, BS, MS all in nursing, MPH in Public Health from Hopkins. Hal I had farm tractors and garden tractors

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