Skip to comments.Federal Workers in Shutdown Limbo
Posted on 04/05/2011 6:09:15 AM PDT by Poundstone
With just five days left before a government shutdown, federal workers are pressing lawmakers to cut a deal that will keep the government open for business.
The stakes are high. If lawmakers fail to pass some kind of spending bill by the end of Friday, hundreds of thousands of government employees are likely to be furloughed, and their paychecks stopped.
The National Treasury Employees Union and the National Federation of Federal Employees, which represent a combined 260,000 workers, announced Monday they have asked their members to call lawmakers and encourage them to strike a deal.
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Having experienced the shutdown in 1995-96, I sympathize with my fellow Federal FReepers. It’s an anxious time. I can only note that in the last shutdown, we federal employees all received our back pay and benefits that were due to us, and I’d expect the same thing will happen this time if there’s a shutdown.
Looking forward to the shutdown.. .In Belgium, the citizens are overjoyed not to have a central government, going on a year there.............
That’s Belgium. We definitely don’t need a shutdown here!
Don’t they (and didn’t they) get paid for even the time it was shut down last time? Just after the end of the shutdown.
Then I am hoping they never reopen.
How will we know if there’s a government shutdown?
Fed employees, yes, but contractors won’t get paid.
Cry me a %^*(&in’ river.
Did you work for it?
That’s true, whatexit, if the shutdown lasts very long. If it’s a short one, many consulting firms pay the employees even if the government won’t.
If back pay and benefits were received for the 'down time', why the anxiety? It's a paid vacation which I'll bet wasn't charged against regular vacation time.
See all the files in the picture?
That is the Freeper section & it grows by the minute.
From the article:
“The National Treasury Employees Union and the National Federation of Federal Employees, which represent a combined 260,000 workers, announced Monday they have asked their members to call lawmakers and encourage them to strike a deal.”
Once again UNION for taxpayer paid employees.
Of course the article is hateful. Government employees are making $74,000. Also they are “white”. What is this? Complete and utter BS.
The Republicans should beat the rush and proudly take credit for the shutdown before the media blames them for it.
The government can’t protect us from invasion at our southern border. The government didn’t protect us from foreign attacks on the Trade Center in 1993 or 2001. Defense is the one responsibility given to the federal government and they have failed miserably. We would be much better off spending our tax money locally, rather than sending it to the useless, wasteful D.C. government.
A shutdown is a shut down. Everywhere but the government - no work, no pay.
Frankly, the “shutdown” would impact conservative sacred cows more than liberals. Lib pockets would still go on, but we’d lose things like veterans benefits along with revenue generators like monuments.
And it wouldn’t save any money—it would just provide free paid vacations for many.
True reform is needed, whether or not the “shutdown” occurs.
Even more dangerous for people like you would be that the taxpayers might realize they have very little need for a federal government.
With the prolonged shutdowns following 9/11, at least some stopped all administrative leave.
Playin small violin. When I get a client backing out on a job, I don’t get a cancellation fee, even if I’ve spent time to bid on the project. I just go on to the next bid & hope I get it.
PS my biz is down 62% & I gotta still pay my own healthcare & SS; so nope don’t feel any sympathy in regards to persons with loads of gov’t perks & bennies.
You have got to be kidding or smoking something. Medicinal pot perhaps.
There is nothing we need more than a government shutdown.
“How will we know if theres a government shutdown?”
The sun won’t rise. The earth will stop turning on its axis. And people will never fall in love again.
The National Treasury Employees Union and the National Federation of Federal Employees,
This is part of the problem.
“We would be much better off spending our tax money locally, rather than sending it to the useless, wasteful D.C. government.”
DC is corrput and incompetent. Shut it down.
In the private sector that uncertainty is a constant. If the product doesn't sell or the service isn't wanted we are out of a job.
If we asked for a paycheck anyway because it was "due" us we'd be either laughed at or escorted off the premises.
Exactly. Welcome to the real world, Mr. Federal Employee. There’s no law saying that you have to live in conditions that the rest of us can’t afford. At least not yet.
Same here, bud. Have my own biz in the film industry and I go full throttle everyday knowing my current contracts may be my last. I would like to note that I hate unions.
Just so I am clear with this, we are looking to shutdown the government based on “Last Year’s” budget with which money was already spent?
We are already on the 2012 budget. Cut whatever you can out of this one, both sides claim victory then everything that they tried to cut this year but couldn’t just add to the 2012 cuts.
Remember, Obama is going to have to run for office on a Republican proposed 10 year, 4 trillion dollar cut. He can’t, the left will go nuts. There is no way the Senate or Obama can spin 2011 numbers for the election.
Save the shutdown for next year. Get as close to 61 billion as you can and go from there.
Just like the auto workers. In the past, the UAW workers that I knew loved to have plant shut downs. They still got paid and were able to take long vacation trips. If the govt. shuts down for two or three weeks, no problem. It’s just a paid vacation.
Less traffic in certain metro areas at rush hour?
The 1995 “shutdown’ was all kabuki theatre. Every federal employee who participated was given extra paid vacation leave. The only problem was a shortage of parking at Pentagon City Mall (a shopping center).
Lets roll!....shut her down!
Only the times where I have been furloughed, I didn't get back pay.
And here is another thing. It is only “non critical” employees that will be sent home right? So how long will that non critical job exist? Something that my company deals with on a weekly basis.
How will we know if theres a government shutdown?....
You won’t, except for all the whining and crying on government run media.
The longer the shutdown goes on and if Americans ignore Obama and the media you will see no change because by law Obozo cannot shut down essential services. What he can do is illiminate all those $100,000 dollar a year jobs he created since plopping his butt in the White House.
I think the sooner the government shuts down, the safer America will be.
Au contraire. Why do you deserve a steady paycheck while private citizens don’t? I never know whether my clients will pay or not. Perhaps ed workers need a little reality check, unless we all should be on the Federal dole?
Oh yes, the media will play the violins nonstop if this happens, and blame the Republicans. It will be sickening. But, I don’t plan to listen to their cry me a river song.
There’s a lot of scuttlebutt that the feds won’t get paid this time around. Too many people in the private sector have lost their jobs. Too many State and local government employees have gotten furloughs. A paid vacation for the feds would not look good. That would explain why the unions are weighing in for an agreement instead of lining up to cheer on the dems.
(1) California Water Czar Given that the Sierra snowpack is at close to record highs - Permanent Dismissal.
(2) Government Performance Czar - self-evident?
(3) Guantanamo Closure Czar - read the news recently?
I could go on but why waste our time, Obama will grow government because that is all he knows and is comfortable with. The rest of us peons will have our wealth distributed!
To the chant of "Drill, baby, drill" add my plaintive refrain of "SHUT IT DOWN ALREADY!"