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  • Unions
    contrarian
    The problem is they don't when to take a side or stay on the sideline. By aligning mostly with one party they alienate almost half of America. The flip side of the 47%. Big mistake. The country is divided on most issues. There is little consensus. How much should I support all these newly hired Obama era Fed Emps? Should they be RIFed to save jobs for us old timers?
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  • Forgot the "know" in when to ......
    contrarian
    oops.
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  • Unions  (Flagged as Abuse)
    Dennis Retiree
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  • Dennis Retiree
    Lifer
    I find it hard to believe this hasn't been reported as abuse. If this language isn't abusive, I don't know what is!
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  • Lifer
    Linda
    Dennis is just stating his opinion. None of the language is 4 letter and not used in polite society. So not abuse. You may not agree, but as long as he is not using foul language it is not abuse.
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  • abuse
    Fran
    Doesn't have to be four letter to be abuse. Although I don't flag comments as abuse, I say calling people names qualifies.
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  • Lifer
    Spunky
    While Dennis Retiree (glad he's retired so we don't have to deal with him anymore!) may not be abusive, he sure is speaking in an ugly and repulsive tone! But that's a typical liberal move, when you can't argue facts, attack the messenger......
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  • Oh Please!
    Linda
    Hey Spunky, Attaching the messanger isn't just a liberal move, I have seen plenty of Conservatives do it as well. It is an equal opportunity move.
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  • To various conservatives
    Moderate
    To lifer, Dennis is only telling the truth. Every incident he cites plus more actually happened. This is far from abusive. Linda, Thank you for telling it like it is. You took a balanced view in this area. I think you are aware that I am anti censorship and have brought back both rightist and leftist comments that were censored.
    worker
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  • Not abuse!
    anonymous florida
    Oh please, you want to censor someone's opinion. Dennis does not use foul or abusive language. I agree with his point of view and do not think this opinion should be censored. There would not be enough room here to explain why these descriptive adjectives are used. Obviously someone here wants to censor those who disagree with him/her.
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  • Are you for real or illiterate?
    Moderate
    Didn't you read what I wrote? Where did you get the idea that I want to censor him? This must be from your fantasies andmy nightmares. Please learn to read before you write.
    worker
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  • Unions and Republicans
    Baltimore Fed
    Dennis, tell us how you really feel. All of your derogatory adjectives apply equally to Demon-crats. Juan Williams is one of the few exceptions; we saw how the Left treated him yet he still takes the Liberal side. He is an honorable man. You tell me the Left isn't racist? Any African-American who dares hold a Conservative opinion is vilified as an "Uncle Tom." As we heard recently, the President is on record as being in favor of wealth redistribution, and I don't believe his definition of "middle class" includes me. Rather than fix the economy, he spent his first two years in office, with a Democratic majority in both houses, railroading his controversial health plan through. Now, I don't mind the stock market being down in the short term because every share my Thrift Savings contributions buy is at a low, and hopefully will be worth more when I retire. I'll max out at 42 years in another four (I stayed in CSRS). As reported in one of Mr. Causey's recent columns, the President said he wanted to make being a Fed "cool." Well, he's certainly frozen our salaries. I feel a bigger chill coming on, and not one predicted by the Almanac. For a long time I never joined the Union (AFGE), but I voted for it over the NTEU in a representation showdown. I felt that even though the rest of the non-government unions probably didn't like Feds, it was better to be associated with the AFL-CIO. I finally joined late in my career, but had to leave when I was transferred to a non-barganing unit position. I have mixed feelings about Federal Unions. We can't strike, so there's no real strength, but their Congressional lobbying and their support with grievances against grievous managers is still usefull. I've been lucky to work for mostly decent management, but I know there are Hell-holes and Demon Managers even in my Agency. I'm a hard-line Moderate, still a registered Democrat, and I used to vote the straight ticket, but after a while I had to hold my nose when I voted Democrat. Then, still holding my nose, I began to vote Republican here in the People's Republic of Maryland. The Democrats are driving me straight into the waiting arms of the Republicans. The Far Right is noisy and gets the press, but, like their counterparts on the Far Left, they don't seem to realize the most folks are like me: somewhere in the center trying desperatly not to be run over. A Baltimore Fed.
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  • To Baltimore Fed
    Moderate
    You have stated much to be commented on. I do not think that conservative blacks are viewed as Uncle Toms by liberals. Liberals do not agree with them.----Who said the President is on record as being for wealth redistributions? Oh, the radical right said that. Please 1984 and newspeak was 28 years ago.------Please tell us how the President defines middle class since you feel it excludes you.----- You said he railroaded the healthcare plan through. How did he do this except by negotiations and compromises? And please remember that the Republican Party in full refused to participate in the creation of this law. They even tried to stop the law with false advertising. You can thank your friends in the Republican Party for any problems with the law. (cont.)
    worker
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  • Income Redistribution
    Baltimore Fed
    There was a recording of a speech in which is is for redistribution "to make sure everybody has a shot." While that's commendable, how much does he want to redistribute?
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  • Source for Redistribution Comment
    Baltimore Fed
    Not "1984 Newspeak" but 1998 audio recording. Quoting from FoxNews.com: ----- This recording purportedly was from a 1998 conference at Loyola University. In it, the young Obama tells the audience he believes there has been "a propaganda campaign against the possibility of government action and its efficacy." "I think that what we're going to have to do is somehow resuscitate the notion that government action can be effective at all," Obama says. "I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution -- because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot." The broader context of the talk is unclear. But Romney, who on Tuesday faced criticism about some of his own comments in a secretly recorded video, pointed to the Obama recording in arguing that he and his opponent have sharply different views on government. ----- Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/19/clip-purports-to-show-obama-embracing-redistribution-as-romney-slams-remarks/
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  • You speak newspeak very well
    Moderate
    I would not trust Fox News for anything. How about reading the next version which may have the full truth instead of Fox's edited version. The unedited portion is very clear. You just do not want to listen to the full truth. You just want the edited version. As I said before, you speak newspeak very well. Your Fox version is from 1984 by George Orwell.
    worker
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  • To Baltimore Fed part 2
    Moderate
    As far as I know he was involved with the stimulus package. That sounds like an attempt to fix the economy. You just do not agree with the stimulus package.-----You comment about frozen wages, but do not comment about what the Republicans have done and said about frozen wages and our retirement plan. And aren't they the ones pushing for a voucher health plan with government contributions rising at the rate of inflation while premiums go up much faster? I cannot know how you actually voted, but you do not sound like a moderate. You definitely do not sound like one who voted democratic. And what is a hard line moderate?
    worker
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  • Racists?
    Rob
    The term racist is overused and it's unfortunate because racism does exist in our society. Anytime someone disagrees with a person of a different race they are immediately called a racist. I pay little attention to that nonsense. The fact of the matter is both political parties have plenty of members who have questionable views. Ever listen to Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton? How about Louis Farrakhan or Reverend Wright? Half the country will be voting against Obama in Nov. Does that mean half the country are racists?
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  • Racists?
    Moderate
    Please stop the nonsense. I agree with you about Sharpton, Farrakhan, and Sharpton. They are @#%&*. And I am not very fond of Jessee Jackson. What Dennis is writing about are the racists who do not like the results of the 2008 election and try subterfuge such as the President's birth certificate and calling him a Muslim etc. That is pure slop and you know it. And voting against Obama is not racist unless they vote against him for racial reasons. Of course when they bring up slop such as alleging him to be a radical Muslim, that is pure garbage. Stop with the nonsense.
    worker
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  • No Credibility
    Rob
    The fact that unions align with one party is bad enough, but what's worse is what Mr. Causey pointed out in his article. Unions "have been disappointed (in private, enraged). Why can't they be publically enraged? Oh that's right; we have a Democrat in the White House. We only get publically enraged when a republican is in power. This is what turns people off. Union leaders fail to realize that many of their members are republicans; and they wonder why people are quitting unions or just not signing up at all. Good Grief!
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  • Unions
    Moderate
    Get real Rob. Sometimes the political action arm of unions must take a stand. The Republicans do everything against unions. The President takes a realistic view. The unions back the better party.
    worker
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  • Good news!
    Bill Samuel
    So it's good news that Feds have to pay more in health premiums even though their pay is frozen? Medicare rates are frozen when there is no COLA, but no such luck for Feds. And is it good news that employees get socked with a 3.7% increase when the government share only goes up 3.4%? Seems more than unfair to me. The weird formula for the rates seems to work to screw Feds.
    Bill Samuel Silver Spring, MD 20906
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  • Old news but relevant
    Snoopy49
    My union stories are old but address your question. In the private industry side, I was exposed to unions when my dad worked in the airline industry. In the 50's they went on strike, with certain demands. The first counter-offer was voted down. The second gave in to the demands of the union so my dad didn't even bother to go vote. It was ALSO turned down by the union! He, and I, were disgusted with the union's pushiness. My story comes 25 years later when, as a Federal employee, I moved to an office in Rhode Island that had a strong union presence. When I was called into the union office to discuss my joining, it was made VERY clear that I had to join or they would see to it that I wouldn't advance. The crazy part is that I would have joined anyway. But the coercion completely turned me off. Oh. And when I was put in for an award, the union did not block an administrative move to deny it by giving me a step-raise (which was due). I could have gotten the award then the raise. Instead they lied to me about their efforts on my behalf.
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  • Old News but Relevant
    Jimmac
    Snoopy49, I am very disappointed to hear that the local did not do what was required by law (which is to represent you in any adverse personnel action taken by management). Your recourse in this case is to document the situation and contact the National.The days of Union bosses and Management thugs is over. Anyone not seeing it is not long for employment. Remember-Management always gets the Union they deserve.
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  • Unfortunately
    Wildcat
    Jirmmac, Management does not always get the union they deserve. Our managers try hard to work with the union and it seems to work until after the "solution" is reached, then management gets hit with a grievance anyway. The amount of money spent for full time union representatives wandering around, drumming up business where there has not been a problem, making stewards out of any employee who is currently facing discipline is ridiculous. It is frustrating to know reps are talking the lower graded employees into joining with a "bribe" of $100 without telling them it will be a year if they want to quit. In the meantime the employee must pay $20 per pay period. It is so sad to see a few employees abuse systems with the support of the local union reps who have personal agendas and want to be able to "show they are fighting for employees by getting concessions by management" whether it is justified or not. I am a former member of the union (confidential non bargaining unit) and believe both management AND the union need to be doing what is right. Managers can be wrong, but employees can be wrong too and may need reality checks especially by their union representative, not encouragement to be insubordinate under the claim any management reaction is union animus. I bristle at knowing about $400,000 is being paid out at my unit per year for union reps who behave this way.
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  • FEHB Costs
    smooth811
    To heck with the "low" average rate hike. The employee portion of my plan, Aetna Open Access, went up about 25%.
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  • FEHB costs
    GS5Sec
    Thank you! I thought I was the only one insane....my insurance went up 23%.
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  • Health Premiums Etc.
    Bud
    I have BCBS Basic Self.Premiums going up 6%.It's up 44% in 5 years.I'm retired CSRS.COLA is projected at 1.3%.In last year gas up about 27%,utilities 12%,food 6%,homeowners ins 6%,car ins 6%.CPI-W is worthless.As for the fed unions,JFK was the prez who authorized them.Are they useful?Debateable.Do they help some employees?Yes.Do any presidential administrations irregardless of party pay much attention to fed unions?Nope.
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