You can always quit and find another job, right?
Frankly, I can’t drum up any sympathy for “government employees” at this point.
Your hours wouldn’t be cut if you were “essential”, and if you are not “essential”, why are you employed by the government?
Uncle Sugar ran out of money. Talk amongst yourselves.
“Frankly, I cant drum up any sympathy for government employees at this point. Your hours wouldnt be cut if you were essential, and if you are not essential, why are you employed by the government?”
Yes, it is about time the government did what it has been telling us to do for years: cut back, do without, stop borrowing. I’ll even include the military in that; I see no point in gay/minority workfare programs around the world if they won’t even protect our borders.
Not arguing with you, but do understand what the "essential" designation means with respect to government workers. If a job is not listed as "essential", it doesn't mean the job is pointless/useless, it just means that if the job isn't done today, that there's no health, safety, or national security risk associated with that delay or cancellation. Whereas an "essential" job means that the position must be staffed in order to prevent losses in the areas listed above.
To wit, someone in charge of monitoring radio communications in the intelligence field is likely "essential" (either he or an alternate must be there), but the person in the budget office working on next year's numbers is "nonessential" in that next year's budget is not an immediate necessity, although it still needs to be done eventually.