“Half a dozen bills to boost the salaries of Federal workers will be introduced in the ‘Lame-Duck’ session of Congress that convenes today,” the column begins. A number of employee unions and congresspersons wanted to boost compensation, Kluttz reported. A bill wasn’t expected to pass during the lame duck session, but proponents thought “a running start” would help them in the new session.
The column also lists job openings in different departments, giving a glimpse at the pay scale from that year. A powder and explosive worker could net $1 an hour, while information specialists and engineers could earn up to $6,400 a year to start.