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

Washington Post, by Lisa Rein

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 2/22/2013 11:00:37 PM

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

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 2/22/2013 11:04:07 PM     (No. 9191797)

Obama´s chickens coming home to roost....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 2/22/2013 11:16:30 PM     (No. 9191801)

Kabuki theater at its worst...the sequester is a ´cut´ in the programmed growth in spending. Theatrics, hysterics...all smoke and mirrors.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 2/22/2013 11:20:59 PM     (No. 9191806)

FTA:

And everyone from secretaries to senior executives would be hit, except for about 2,000 senior, presidentially appointed officials in the government, civilian employees in combat zones, foreign employees of the Defense Department and some workers involved in sensitive security issues.

So the ones who can most afford to lose the pay of one day per week won´t be part of this sacrifice. Why are we not surprised?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Penney, 2/22/2013 11:21:00 PM     (No. 9191807)

It will again result as an extra paid vacation. ...Not bad for government work, eh?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: strike3, 2/22/2013 11:32:40 PM     (No. 9191818)

The only thing the unions are going to do is to sit back and cry about their own loss of income.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jalo1951, 2/22/2013 11:43:08 PM     (No. 9191827)

The private sector owners and employees have been suffering for years under this administration. It´s time they lived in the real world like the rest of us. So tough. Suck it up and blame your (not my) beloved leaders.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: xcenturion, 2/23/2013 12:49:17 AM     (No. 9191865)

Oh no! TSA will have to lay off their kiddie and grannie gropers!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 2/23/2013 12:55:51 AM     (No. 9191868)

No days will go "unpaid" - merely, deferred pay.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: LAW428, 2/23/2013 1:51:05 AM     (No. 9191901)

The dems invented the word "demagogue."

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/23/2013 6:28:00 AM     (No. 9191991)

This happened in the 80s or early 90s. Even people deemed non-essential and sent home were paid.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: franq, 2/23/2013 7:18:07 AM     (No. 9192036)

How does a 2.3% federal budget reduction "slash" pay by 20%?

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