Tweet of the day – and the out of touch NYT

Not to be unsympathetic (honestly), do you imagine that these people are living paycheck to paycheck? If they are, WHY? So far, they have missed one paycheck.

If a worker has been furloughed (not working), they are eligible to collect unemployment compensation (although they would have to repay it when they receive their back pay.)

From the NYT article (linked above):

By many measures, the last couple of decades scorched American workers. Wages crawled up, factory jobs fled to China and benefits collapsed. But those years look less painful if you worked for Uncle Sam.

Since 2000, average pay has grown twice as fast for federal employees as it has in the private sector. That’s partly because the federal work force has become more educated and specialized. It is also built into the job. Even without the salaries that top performers can command in the corporate world, government workers who do well are entitled by law to regular pay increases, an increasingly rare guarantee elsewhere.

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5 Responses to Tweet of the day – and the out of touch NYT

  1. czarowniczy says:

    Using the SEC rates is a bit unfair as we have to look ast not only education levels but locations too. Fed civil service workers get a universal base pay per pay grade and intra-grade step but also a location pay. A GS-5 step on in East Tumbleweed, Wyoming will make less than a GS-5, Step one in New York City or Washington, DC. The SEDC is primarily located in major cities and many of their positions require degrees so payu overall will be higher. Had they picked something like same-series Administrative position across the country the comparison would be a bit more realistic.

    I’m not excusing the pay scales and benefits – hey, I had the potential to not show up and get paid for 65 or more WORKING days a year by the time I retired. How many civilian jobs have that going for them?


    • stella says:

      My point is that their pay and benefits are adequate, and if they can’t prepare to miss one paycheck, why not? Not to mention that most of them can collect unemployment while not working, and they will be paid their back pay as soon as a budget is approved.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Just what I posted days ago. Government shutdowns ain’t new, I was work…errrr, ’employed’…for the first one in 1980 and their threat/actuality continued right thru my retirement in 2008.
        The Feds council new employees about having $$$ on hand for emergencies, specifically shutdowns, and they get lectures again each year when shutdowns loom.
        We never fared badly during a shutdown and had we been around for this one we wouldn’t have either as we took the warnings seriously, we realized we were political pawns. I worked for the Feds, Czarina for the State – we also had other part time jobs so we were prepared.
        Louisiana’s set up sites for furloughed Feds to get food stamps and unemployment if needed BUT the gripes are coming back because the State’s saying they have to pay it back if the Feds pay them for their time off.

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        • stella says:

          Sort of like in the private sector. Layoffs happen. I was put on part-time in 2009 for about six months, and collected unemployment, but I had a cushion in my bank account, and I immediately cut back on spending as much as possible, including changing my car insurance etc. Fortunately, I didn’t lose my medical insurance.

          All financial counselors suggest having an emergency nest egg that covers your bills for a couple of months.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            I believe it’s because Feds have this invincible feeling. I remember when our agency lost that multi-billion dollar program and folks who were doing retirement plans on Friday at COB bumped people and were doing health insurance on Monday. People were moved around but few folks actually lost a job.

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