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  • Unemployment
    contrarian
    One day off per week doesn't sound like qualification for unemployment. However, 5 weeks straight sounds like unemployment might kick in. Does it then become a "sabbatical" or would the benefit come with a requirement to take another job, even if it was temporary? Life could get real interesting for some people. Either way, I'm sure most Feds don't want to learn how this option works.
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  • Furlough Congress
    FederalEmployee
    One of our long-time, beloved Senators will not run again when her term is up. She cites Congressional dysfunction and its inability to do its job as the main reason for her decision to retire. She is frustrated with the way things have been going. It is sad that she is leaving as she is a voice of reason among a bunch of babbling, squabbling children. Congress answers to no-one, and that needs to change. If Congress cannot meet its deadlines, each and everyone of them should be furloughed with no pay or benefits. If I fail to meet a deadline, there are consequences.The same should be true for the House and Senate.
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  • We're here to save the day
    Putt-Putt
    Congress has a severe case of Hero Syndrome - they formulate a scenerio of doom that only they can solve, and then at the last minute, ta-da, they come up with the solution. Every year its the same melodrama performed in the kabuki style. There is no easy way to brign this long-running production to an end. The same lead characters are re-elected each election cycle; and if not, the newly elected Dudley Do-Rights come in with their save-the-day messages of slash-and-burn which actually turn out to be just a sub-plot of reward-my-contributors (you've seen it so many times: federal employees=Bad; Contractors=Good). I've always believed that real change is fomented only with true leadership, and in this election year I see no leaders, presidential, senatorial or representational, that will bring about this change. So sit back and enjoy the show.
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  • Be prepared
    dailycheese
    I realize that there are many federal employees that live paycheck to paycheck. For those employees, do your best to ensure you build up an emergency fund in the event of an extended furlough. However there are plenty of federal employees out there that would gladly take a few weeks off without pay. In this time of buyouts, agencies could do themselves a favor, and ask for volunteers to take unpaid time off, especially with the approaching Summer.
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  • Be Prepared
    Linda
    Daily Cheese - good idea. Ask for volunteers. There are a lot of people who would love more summer off and could afford to take it. I have my emergency fund saved up and it wouldn't put me in bankruptcy if I had to take a month off. Wouldn't like it, but could do it. But, some people, especially those close to retirement, have their houses paid off, their kids gone, may want to see what retirement is like and take a month or more off in the summer and can afford it. Great Idea. Probably not enough to save everyone, but could cut down on the furlough time. If it comes to that.
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  • I do not think so
    Moderate
    Your pension calcuilation is based on highest pay. If you take time off w/o pay, your highest pay is then lowered. This affects the retiree for the rest of his (her) life.
    worker
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  • Highest Pay
    Linda
    I am no where near worrying about my high 3. But, I can understand for those who are.
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  • High 3
    Fran
    Could be wrong, but I believe your high 3 is based on your official yearly salary, not what you actually earn for the year.
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  • Unemployment
    Linda
    I believe whether you get unemployment for 1 day a week of depends upon the State. I understand my state pays limited unemployment if you hours are cut, even though you still have a job. (So I have heard, not seen in writting by the state). But, if people are laid off long enough to get unemployment, or get unemployment for limited hours and states have to foot the bill for hundreds of thousands of federal employees, you will hear some screaming there as well. Their budgets are tight or over drawn and they don't want to pick up the bill for the feds either. But, Causey is probably right. I don't see anything happening until after the elections.
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