Boo-Fucking-Hoo

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As furloughs loom, unions try to soften sequester blow for federal workers

Federal government labor unions and agency managers are bargaining over how and when to carry out first-of-their-kind furloughs of more than a million employees as deep spending cuts are all but certain to kick in Friday.

Union leaders cannot stop the furloughs or determine who in each agency must take them. They say their best option is to soften the pain of unpaid days, which could slash federal pay by up to 20 percent this fiscal year. They are demanding that employees be able to choose when to take days off and volunteer for more to help financially strapped colleagues. They want guarantees that no one will be penalized when work does not get done and assurances that managers cannot choose favorites to spare.

“Many of you will be missing eight, 10, 20 days of work,” Alex Bastani, president of Local 12 of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), told a standing-room-only crowd of 400 Labor Department employees Thursday at a lunchtime town hall on sequestration.


I wonder if by “favorites” they mean “the most productive employees”?

Seriously, I have worked at places that were downsized or had seasonal layoffs. Those of us who still had jobs were still expected to get 100% of the work done anyway. We were grateful we still had jobs.

These horrible cuts amount to no more than 2 days a month – in most cases the employee can use their vacation time to compensate.

Boo-fucking-hoo.

Old joke:

How many federal employees work for the government?

About half of them.


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49 Responses to Boo-Fucking-Hoo

  1. DeniseVB says:

    When we were on active duty in the 70’s, we survived worse. They slashed the military (post Vietnam), though my husband was selected for Major, he had to wait 2 years to be promoted. Oh but that was better than the other guys who were “riffed”, thrown out of the military at 12 or 14 years. (you need to serve at least 18.5 years to collect full retirement bennies for combat vets). That was under Nixon or Ford? I think when Republicans were Democrats or something ;)

    • DandyTiger says:

      Both parties have always been equal opportunity veteran bashers as far as I can tell. Oh, but they “support the troops”. Yeah, right.

    • When is “first ever” not first? Apparently the way things work now we could send someone to the moon in a rocketship and it would be the first time all over again if one wasn’t born or conscious way back in the olden times of 1969ish. Lot’s of us went through this back in the early 70’s and even later. BIG NEWS! Finances run in cycles.

      Was a Part Time state worker back then and one of the most productive in office when all of us PT’s were called in midshift and sent home “indefinitely” for budget reasons. Lasted less than two weeks. Two of us were called in 8 days and could have come in even earlier for a couple of hours a day but refused due to commute costs. It was a game. They “found” the funds to bring us back from somewhere else in the budget. The lines in the office had gone from 20 minute wait to over 2 hours and there’s no way the public would put up with that. The Full Time staff were crying in their beer over the “pressure”. Bunch a lazy twits, IMO. When I became their boss 3 years later I got rid of the bunch. Humanely, of course.

  2. lyn5 says:

    My family will be losing a month’s pay, and vacation time cannot be used to make up for it. We won’t be hurt, because we save, live below our means and have no debt. I’m leaving my part-time job on the 28th, and we still will be OK financially. Not being dependent on others is where the power is.

    • yttik says:

      Amen to that! Not being dependent on others IS were the power is.

      I’m sorry about the furlough threats and the whole political game that goes on. They could take the money from waste, from management, from millions of projects, but they never do. They always make sure to take it from the bottom first.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    Via Legal Insurrection:

    You can sit with your Apple laptop and your fuzzy slippers, you can be an 800-pound disabled man that can’t get out of bed and be a journalist, because you can blog something. Does that give you the right—because you blog in your fuzzy slippers out of your bedroom and you don’t go out and you haven’t gotten that degree—should you be called a journalist?

    FTR: I don’t own an Apple laptop.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Scary when anyone can have a voice. Even the peasants that don’t have a magical talisman. What happens to Oz then?

    • yttik says:

      An 800 pound disabled blogger has just as much, if not more of a right, to call themselves a journalist, than what passes for “professional journalist” these days.

      I see the article implies that real journalists have degrees and don’t wear fuzzy slippers. Yep, that about sums the standards up. You don’t have to know how to write, how to investigate, or have any personal integrity. It’s all about what footwear you have and where you got your degree. Lie, cheat, and mangle the language, we don’t care.

    • wmcb says:

      By this asshat’s definition, NBC’s Chuck Todd has no damn business being in the WH Press pool and asking a president jack squat.

      Todd’s degree is in political science, not journalism. If only a degree in journalism is sufficient, then about 2/3 of of the DC press needs to get canned. But I’m sure this dingbat wasn’t talking about those people.

      Oh, and you know who DOES have a degree in Journalism? Sarah Fucking Palin, that’s who.

  4. votermom says:

    Oh dear, not even Buzzfeed Idiot Andrew is taking the sequester threat seriously

  5. Somebody says:

    Lyn5 is correct Myiq, you can’t use your vacation days to compensate for furlough days it doesn’t work like that.

  6. HELENK says:

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/02/the-vast-right-left-wing-conspiracy/

    sometimes you should make sure your memos do not get leaked

    • Or one could spend their efforts and intellect building something positive and productive rather than sneakily tearing down others’ edifices. Just depends on one’s own character, I guess. Choice between battering and building.

  7. Somebody says:

    I’m late to the party today, but if anybody cares…..I posted something to the end of “The Sky Is(n’t) Falling” thread below.

    As I already stated my husband is an ATC. I posted what our understanding of the situation is based on the information provided to us.

    Again as I said above Lyn5 is correct federal employees absolutely can NOT use their vacation days to compensate for furlough days that is unequivocally not true. Seriously what would be the point of a furlough if they were allowed to do that????

    • Somebody says:

      Oh wait I think I know where you’re getting the vacation thing.

      The FAA has stated that they will try to schedule furlough days for employees during their vacation time, to the extent possible.

      That’s not for the benefit of the employee, that’s for the benefit of the agency and the flying public. It’s easier to furlough somebody when they’re already off the schedule for scheduled leave. It’s a win for the agency because if somebody is on leave and they furlough them they’re not really losing that employee’s services because they would be on leave anyway.

      From an employee standpoint that means you’re on an unpaid vacation. Most would rather have their furlough days spread out.

  8. HELENK says:

    because I need a just because

  9. HELENK says:

    http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=usa&wwa=Blizzard%20Watch

    blizzard warning for Colorado.

    please be careful, prayers are with you

  10. myiq2xu says:

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  13. HELENK says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/02/23/cnn-chicagos-war-zone-like-gun-violence-the-republican-partys-fault/

    remember how we used to laugh at North Korea’s insane claims. Now todays msm has become just as nuts

  14. DandyTiger says:

    OMG, so even after Obama’s press secretary and others admitted the sequestration was Obama’s idea, Slate comes out (after that) and says it was all the GOP’s idea. I hate to link to them, but it’s so unbelievable.

  15. HELENK says:

    http://watchdog.org/62420/co-secret-energy-lab-spawns-million-dollar-govt-employee/

    great job if you can get it. get paid a million dollars and recommend failures

  16. wmcb says:

    This is why I freaking love Ted Cruz. He doesn’t cower when the media plays the “you’re a crazy extremist so SHUT UP” card. And he has a vicious sense of humor:

    • DandyTiger says:

      LOL. Obviously MSNBC and CNN are racist in their attacks of Ted and Marco. According to their own rulz.

      • Somebody says:

        If the GOP was smart they’d put MSNBC and CNN back on their heels and whip them around with the race card.

        For instance they should claim “Watergate” is a dog whistle…….water…..hispanic…….wet back……Rio Grande. Clearly talking about Rubio’s water problem is coded racist talk, it’s a dog whistle. (I know he’s Cuban, but you could work that angle too)

        Seriously they should throw it right back at them and make them eat the race card. Alinsky use your opponents own tactics against them.

        • DandyTiger says:

          Agree. Even done as a joke would have a good effect.

        • Constance says:

          The house Republicans should put together a Media Consumers bill that says consumers must be offered the OPTION of a la carte TV since the cable company is a monopoly. It would make consumers/voters happy and CNN and MSNBC would either have to shape up or consumers would drop them and they would go out of business bring liberal media into the free market and their influence will disappear. FOX has far more viewers than either CNN or MSNBC and should do fine.

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