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  • Working with no work to do
    Teachersson
    The brain drain would be a blessing for me since the people above me have been here over 30 years and won't retire. I have had no work to do for 7 years and counting. This is just dumb and I wonder how many other feds are in the same spot. I must have been a Democrat instead of a Republican in a DoD Republican organization. Only the Republicans can speak, so I am given no work to do. There is a supervisor here who insists that I cannot be used for anything. So I just sit around.
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  • Too much work
    Moderate
    I have more work than I can do. Something is wrong here.
    worker
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  • Just don't see it
    Linda
    Maybe I am lucky to live in an area with relatively low unemployment (4.7% last I heard) and know people with the right skills or right contacts. But, I don't know anyone who is unemployed. I have known people. A friend in California has been layed off twice and gotten jobs twice and is currenlty working. Another friend has her hours reduced, got a second job, and now has a new full time job. I see ads in the paper and signed in store windows with people looking for employees. If the "real" unemployment is 25% according to some, that is 1 in 4 people is un-employed. You'd think I'd know at least one?? What I do see is college kids living at home with their parents because the "perfect" job hasn't come along. I hear about people enjoying their "fun-employment" while unemployed. On the other hand I have a niece just out with her masters has gotten two jobs this year, a summer life guard job and now at Outback. Now she has a master's in Music, so getting jobs, let alone one that pays the bills isn't easy, but that is the choice she made. I got a job at 11.5% unemployment when I got out of school, it wasn't my dream job, it wasn't the perfect job, it wasn't as much as I wanted to make, but it was a job and I am still here. I think more people would be employed if they would just take the job. The longer they are not working, the more skills they lose, the less desireable they are, the harder it is to get a job. They should be taking a job, any job, but don't. Why would an employer hire someone who has been on unemployment for 3 years when they can take someone who is working (even if under employed) and shows they have the initiative to just get a job.
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  • Not any job
    Moderate
    Sorry Linda, but I disagree wih you about take any job. My son is a laid off teacher who made decent money and had good benefits. Why should he take a job at McDonalds or Walmart as a greeter at minimum wage with no benefits? Those type of jobs do not pay the bills and might cover medical costs and little else if they were full time jobs, which they are not. He is better going back to school part time and looking for a decent job (not ideal but decent), or waiting until he gets a second degree in another field. Any job is not the answer. You have a good job with decent benefits. That is much different than a minimum wage job with no benefits.
    worker
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  • There may not be promotions due to retirements
    GR82BMRA
    With the current budget (basically a three-year CR) I don't foresee many promotions if there is a tsunami of retirements. And probably won't be anytime in the future. Whether a Simpson-Bowles-like budget is passed in a continuing Obama administration or a Ryan-like deal is struck under a new Romney administration it's my opinion promotions and new hires will be much lower than needed to meet the needs of the work that's already being done, much less the increased work that inevitably arises with ever-growing federal programs.
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  • A Fast-Moving Fed?
    Not Like Other Feds
    Retirement eligible Feds are coasting toward retirement, hoping that delaying until the last minute results in a buyout offer. Or they are holding on for the 0.5% increase potentially coming next April. Regardless, long-time Feds don't know how good they've had it. Sounds like your agency? Thousands of people want to work hard, want to be hired, but they can't be hired until after these eligible Feds retire. Feds need a better retirement incentive: a 0.5% payCUT to those eligible for retirement who continue to hang on. You'll never see a Fed move so fast--Feds, don't let that door hit you on your way out!
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  • I do not think so
    Moderate
    Yes I am like other feds. I have been eligible for years, but decided to stay because my pension was not good enough. I get awards every year and do a decent job. And yes, I plan to retire relatively soon as my pension will be good enough. Perhaps you need a 20% pay cut.
    worker
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  • Wrong,
    Linbob
    Many of us are not waiting for bouyouts - at besst that would be $25,000 which, after taxes is a lot closer to $15,000, not worth the trouble - and we are not waiting for the .5% increase since we have already had two years of increased insurance, mortgage, food, and gas, costs - .5% still leaves is with nothing. We are waiting for the sick leave benefit to kick in. Funny, Congress didn't want the tsunami to happen too fast so they delayed the sick leave benefit until 1 January 2014. Then the bottom fell out and everyone wanted us to go right away. Many of us are sitting out for 1 January 2014. Not that long to wait for the crest of that wave, kids.
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