Holiday checkout

Monday - 1/16/2012, 2:00am EST

Here we go again!

Another federal holiday that for millions of people — folks working retail, those in service industries, police, fire, EMT and 24/7 media — really isn't a holiday. Some of the people working today will get extra pay.

For many, if not most in the private sector, there is no such thing as holiday pay or federal holidays. Regardless of what Congress says. If your union contract spells it out, you may get time and a half or double time for working today. If it doesn't — or like most workers, you don't have a union contract — you don't.

At one time, federal holidays were just that. Holidays for most federal workers and banks. Lots of other places carried on. In fact, for many businesses, holidays are when they make the most money.

There have always been critical federal services that carry on every day. That includes everything from public safety, security, critical inspections and other operations. Now there are more of you working than ever before. Since the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of government workers have been added to the ranks of people who offices or agencies must be manned (and womanned) around the clock.

Just about every holiday we say the same thing — which is thanks! Whether you are on the job out of pride, or under protest, it is probably a good thing for us that you are doing what you do. Especially on a holiday. So thanks and, if you can spare a minute, drop us a line. We'd like to know what you are doing, and why. Anonymous if you prefer.

(If you choose to respond please try to do it early. They don't know it, but I am planning to sneak out very early. I mean somebody's got to get some rest and it might as well be moi).


NEARLY USELESS FACTOID

By Jack Moore

Some of the most popular videos on YouTube involve cuddly animals doing cute things. In a way, that's how YouTube got its start. The first video posted to the site (on April 23, 2005) was uploaded by site co-founder Jawed Karim. It was an 18-second clip of him standing in front of the elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. And as the New Yorker reports, "Civilization would never be the same."


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