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  • "Real Work"
    FederalEmployee
    I urge everyone to read Anne Marie Slaughter's essay entitled Why Women Still Can't Have it All in the June/July issue of The Atlantic. She bravely goes where few have dared to venture. She discusses the fact that in order to be successful in today's environment, you are expected to work 12 hour days, travel extensively, and work on weekends. I am very glad that I am not that important, because I define myself by who I am, not by my chosen profession or how high I have climbed up the ladder. Do I do real work… you bet I do. Do I work more than 40 hours… sometimes but not often. Do I earn my pay? Absolutely. Do I do something meaningful that contributes to society … it depends who you ask. I have been an IRS employee for 25 years. I believe that I positively contribute to the betterment of our nation, however those whom I have audited may not agree. I started working at 15 years of age as a waitress. I waitressed for 7 years.. all the way through college. The summers that I was 16 and 17, I waitressed 40 hours a week at a Howard Johnsons. When I was 18, I had enough money saved to buy my first car. I paid for my own college, food, clothing, health insurance, telephone and rent during college...no one gave me a dime (wait - I did get a $100 scholarship!!) My Dad was my role model in the hard work and ethics department. I was taught to earn my keep; to save up for something rather than buying it on credit, and to be thankful for what I had. I would have never dared ask my parents for money…that was a huge no no. I was also taught how to be polite and courteous and respectful - something woefully lacking in today's society. These days the gum chewing, tattoo covered, and nose ringed cashiers, wait staff, and ticket counter clerks act as if you are there to serve them, not the other way around. I have carried that hard work ethic into my adult life, and although I get quite disgusted at the way the show is run, I still have to be able to look at myself in the mirror. I am quite tired of the fed bashing and the threats to change my retirement benefits 25 years into the game. I am looking forward to retiring in 8 years, 3 months and one week (but whose counting) so that I can enjoy the fruits of my "real" work and live happily ever after.
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  • To Federal Employee
    Linda
    A most likely related book to your Ann Marie Slaughter's "Why Women Still Can't have it all" is titled "Why Women Earn Less". It deals with the fact that women, in general, are more family oriented, and take time off to have children, don't work as many hours, etc. When you take 10 to 15 years out of the work force, you loose valuable senority and experience..............When Single Women's (or women with no children) wages are compared to men, they are almost the same.............People make choices and family is important, so making less money should not be considered bad, just a fact of life...............Some of the Men who have been collecting Un-employment for the last 3 years will probably find the same issues. Less pay for the same work of guys who kept working, even if "under-employed".
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  • Stick with the issue and not the cosmetics
    Moderate
    I got stuff you did not get. My parents paid for my first 2 years of college and I paid for the other 2 years. Of course the cost of college and books was financed by a part time job after school. I used my mom's car when I needed it which was not often. My parents paid, through the job, for health insurance.I did not want many clothes (much less than my parents bought). And yes, my job is similar to yours. I work steadily and have decent technical skills (4-5)------- I can understand if you have a problem with service, but do not pick on nose or other earrings, gum chewing, etc. I have seen those give good service. In my youth, the adults picked on long haired hippies with torn jeans. If they are good people forget the baloney. (I had shorter hair and no jeans.
    worker
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  • RE: Stick with the issue and not the cosmetics
    FederalEmployee
    It is interesting how people have different interpretations on what they read. My point in bringing up the "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" article is that Ms. Slaughter discusses the fact that long hours, taking work home and working on the weekends are expected of well-paid professionals in the private sector. Many look down on government employees because we only have to work 40 hours a week - although many work far more than that. Moderate - Your comment is off the mark and out of line. I have read many of your responses to other's who post here. There is no need to debase and degrade others. This really should not be a forum for more fed bashing.
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  • You are way out of line
    Moderate
    I realize that most of your writing was about why women can't have it all. However, just because a person wears a nose, lip, or other ring, which is not a fashion I enjoy, or chews gum, that does not make them bad. If the person gives bad service, then you have a good point. This is true whether they wear rings or chews gum or dresses in a suit. Again, stick with the issues and not the cosmetics.-- As far as my other comments are concerned, see what they write. Yes, I criticise radical right propaganda. And I have been very pro fed worker as you know if you read what I wrote.
    worker
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  • Feds and "real" work
    Govt Mule
    I'm an IRS employee. Ask some of our "non-taxpayers" with wage and bank levies if I'm doing "real" work when they call in.
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  • If you don't think that
    obscurechemist
    basic scientific research is real work, then you try it, junior.
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  • Late in life
    Linbob
    I also came to government work right after college. But I went to college late in my life, working a a few jobs to gain experience and decide what I wanted in life. I decided I wanted a college education and more promising future. I had both in my career. I find that work in the public sector is harder to do than in the private sector - because you are walking up hill against the cold wind (Congress), with shackled legs (the public you are trying to help takes their anger at those who lead the government - whether local/state.national - out on you), and hands tied behind your back (government-wide budget cuts, restrictions that apply to the federal workforce but not to Congress, personnel cuts/layoffs, no raises (while everyihing else goes up in price), ridicule, and Congress using the federal workforce as a piggy bank for their inept or lack of governance. Less than two years to go. I don't envy the younger feds. If things don't change for the better, they will be pushing bolders up that same hill.
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