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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Do not support bill targeting longevity pay

  • Chairman DeGraaf and members of the committee who are hearing HB2178, my name is Resa Boydston. And I would like to share a piece of my life with you.
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  • To the editor:
    Chairman DeGraaf and members of the committee who are hearing HB2178, my name is Resa Boydston. And I would like to share a piece of my life with you.
    Way back in 1981, I went to work for Kansas Neurological Institute. My daughter was a toddler and I had no idea I would still be at KNI at this date in time. I oppose HB2178.
    Since I and veteran coworkers have not seen a raise in over 10 years, the longevity compensation is a lifesaver for us. Usually, my longevity is spent on necessary expenses – like getting my vehicle fixed, or paying off some lingering medical bills.
    My longevity is not spent on luxuries, like a vacation to some lovely destination, unless buying some new socks and some shoes at Payless Shoe Source is considered a luxury?
    Veteran staff, like me, who provide the stability for the people who live at KNI deserve compensation for our many years of service.
    Treat us with dignity and respect as we do our clients at KNI. We should not have to come back, year after year to beg for a small reward of our time served. Longevity pay should be gladly given. We are good employees and we deserve it.

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