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Federal Workers to Congress:
Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

National Journal, by Eric Katz

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Posted By:CEP, 11/20/2012 7:40:53 PM

The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff." Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily. “Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: KTWO, 11/20/2012 7:46:30 PM     (No. 9026559)

Words fail. But I hope they are treated as they deserve.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 4Justice, 11/20/2012 7:47:11 PM     (No. 9026564)

If they only knew what it was like in the private sector now. Struggling in tough times? Not as much as we are.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: eoddad, 11/20/2012 7:50:33 PM     (No. 9026571)

I am currently a Federal Worker. I hope there is an immediate pay freeze, hiring freeze and push for early retirement. What I am not, is a UNION Federal Worker. Cut the Federal Work force to a third of its present size and most things would work better. My agency worries about little more than justifying its existence NOT supporting the needs of the American People. Unfortunately the Obama Gang sees us as part of his constituency.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lylacat, 11/20/2012 7:51:31 PM     (No. 9026574)

The post office just posted a 15 Billion loss for this year; it is time to let the private sector deliver the mail. UPS or FedEX will do it better and cheaper. Out postal service is outdated, overpaid, and it is time to cut the cord. The are whining because the postal workers have to actually fund some of their huge pension benefits; it is damn well about time they paid their fair share, and it time for them to make sacrifices like the rest of America. And the horrid TSA wants to unionize. Oh Brother.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tennman, 11/20/2012 7:56:12 PM     (No. 9026585)

What have they given up? Their raises keep coming and they´ve no layoffs. I work in a state government. We´ve not had increases in 3 years and have had about a 15% work force reduction.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: miceal, 11/20/2012 8:15:37 PM     (No. 9026612)

When I think of public sector union employees I see "blood sucking leaches." Sorry, all public sector unions should be outlawed and serious downsizing needs to be accomplished at all levels of government....

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/20/2012 8:21:43 PM     (No. 9026619)

They ARE the "fiscal cliff."
Is it any coincidence that the Postal Service character on the TV show "Cheers" was named, "Cliff"?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Jiobaobubai, 11/20/2012 8:45:21 PM     (No. 9026662)

Tough shat.

We PAY you, you need to EARN it.

We are never asked if you have earned it.

There are exceptions in those such as # 3 above.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: strike3, 11/20/2012 8:48:39 PM     (No. 9026668)

I have a useless brother-in-law who retired from the PO around age 57 and he lives like a king. No sympathy here. They have it almost as good as school teachers.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: sceptic82, 11/20/2012 8:59:34 PM     (No. 9026686)

Cut the federal work force by 15% and institute a two year pay freeze. Sorry, but the pain must be shared by all and so far federal workers haven´t felt a thing. (And sure, raise my taxes some if you need to trade that with the Dems for REAL and immediate cuts to the federal budget.)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: DARling, 11/20/2012 9:11:56 PM     (No. 9026694)

The American people to the federal workers:

"No."

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/20/2012 9:19:54 PM     (No. 9026700)

They have no shame.
Think of troops all over the world, with 60 lbs. on their backs, cold and hungry..missing their wives and children back home..and THEY are targeted to sacrifice to pay more for Tricare?
Congress should take a 89% pay cut..isn´t their approval rating 11%..they are worth nothing and we are not getting our money´s worth out of these louts.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: caljeepgirl, 11/20/2012 9:23:09 PM     (No. 9026704)

Boo hoo.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: jimK1, 11/20/2012 10:53:59 PM     (No. 9026806)

Cut the Federal spending by 1 trillion THIS YEAR, not over 10 years, that´s a joke. Fire 1/2 of the Federal employees, starting with EPA, TSA, ATF and on and on. There are so many useless Federal agencies it makes one´s head spin.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: killerbee, 11/20/2012 10:56:17 PM     (No. 9026808)

Public employees are raking it in while the private sector is hurting more and more every day. I don´t expect they´ll lose a thing in this deal. Active and retired military will get their hard earned bennies cut, but streamline the civilian government? Blasphemy!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Scribelus, 11/20/2012 10:57:48 PM     (No. 9026810)

So many Federal employees are simply agents of redistribution. Compassionately dispose of them, without prejudice, of course.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: lana720, 11/20/2012 11:03:45 PM     (No. 9026815)

Yes, just another group of zippy voters. So special - NOT. They couldn´t make it in the private sector. Cry babies!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Salt5792, 11/20/2012 11:34:32 PM     (No. 9026844)

Blatant hypocrisy.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 11/20/2012 11:47:31 PM     (No. 9026854)

@#4: What makes you think UPS or Fed Ex want to deliver mail?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: PChristopher, 11/21/2012 12:07:40 AM     (No. 9026867)

Are you kidding me? They should take the first and biggest hit.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: msjena, 11/21/2012 12:09:03 AM     (No. 9026870)

How have federal workers contributed towards reducing the debt? They are part of the problem.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/21/2012 5:51:54 AM     (No. 9027010)

I read an article the other day that a bunch of Barry´s inner circle owe almost a million in back income taxes. Maybe the cuts can start with those leeches.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: cheeflo, 11/21/2012 1:51:10 PM     (No. 9027928)

There´s that term again -- "fair share." What the H-E-double-L does that mean? Who decides?

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