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During Shutdown Workers Will Still Get Overtime

First we have this from the Associated Press:

Federal workers get shutdown instructions

By SAM HANANEL | October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal workers will still have to report to work for about four hours Tuesday even though the government is shutting down.

That’s rough. Imagine having to go into work for four hours before setting off on you paid vacation.

With no late deal averting the midnight Monday shutdown, several federal agencies say employees would be limited to doing work related to the shutdown, including changing voicemail messages, posting an out-of-office message on email, securing work stations and documents and completing time cards.

At the Environmental Protection Agency, for example, employees were told they cannot work on "any projects, tasks, activities or respond to emails." …

Once they head home, furloughed employees are under strict orders not to do any work. That means no sneaking glances at BlackBerrys or smartphones to check emails, no turning on laptop computers, no checking office voicemail, and no use of any other government-issued equipment

In other words, just like with the sequester, the administration wants to make this shutdown hurt as much as possible. But we’ll try to bear up.

Employees will receive an official email Tuesday explaining whether or not they are essential or slated to be furloughed. The email will include appeal rights and a form to use for seeking unemployment insurance. Some workers may be eligible for unemployment depending where they live. Some states require a one-week waiting period before applying, while others allow workers to apply right away…

Will they give back their unemployment benefits when they receive their back pay? As they always have and always will. (They are unionized, after all.)

Meanwhile, we have this from the Washington Examiner:

Even in shutdown, Feds get overtime, comp time, ‘Sunday pay’


A federal government shutdown will temporarily cut off pay of thousands of Uncle Sam’s workers, but for those considered “excepted employees,” there could be a nice salary bump thanks to rules allowing overtime, compensatory time and other benefits provided to those the administration feels too important to furlough.

Of course, the is real problem here is that there are 800,000 ‘unessential’ government workers. (Who are all getting a nice paid vacation.)

Back in 1996 there were only about 284,000 federal workers who were furloughed. Why do we have so many more unessential government workers now? And, in fact, why do we have any unessential government workers?

In advance of the potential shutdown, the Office of Personnel Management distributed a 30-page “Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs” that spells out who will get what, if anything…

Most workers won’t be considered excepted employees, but OPM emphasized that it’s not because their work isn’t valued. “Excepted employees include employees who are performing emergency work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property or performing certain other types of excepted work,” said the guide…

Three quarters of the government workforce are still going to come to work. Are they are all vital to protecting life and property?

But for those called in to work, the guide reveals they will be eligible for extra pay. “Excepted employees who meet the conditions for overtime pay, Sunday premium pay, night pay, availability pay and other premium payments will be entitled to payment in accordance with applicable rules, subject to any relevant payment limitations,” said the guide. Comp time is also available, said the guide.

And while current federal workers might see their pay cut, retirees won’t. “Federal retirees,” said the guide, “will still receive their scheduled annuity payments on the first business day of the month.”

No federal workers are going to see a pay cut, either. Once again, they have unions. And they vote Democrat.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “During Shutdown Workers Will Still Get Overtime”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Small point of order here.

    The government service employees, who are NOT unionized, who work at military facilities throughout the world, do not get paid. They will NOT get paid, either. They are on unpaid time off.

    I have a friend who’s a GS-9 and was told to go home this morning. The longer the shutdown lasts, the less likely he is to be able to pay his bills.

    Rest assured, he knows who’s responsible for all this. Few, if any GS’s are obama hacks. Of course, the national socialists are perfectly happy to have it this way because GS’s are very unlikely to vote for their party anyhow. They must be punished.

    This is childishness on a grand scale. Steve has explained it thoroughly and very well. Rush will do likewise in about a half-hour.

    Thinking Americans seem to know what’s up and possibly even those wishy-washy types are sensing the broken record effect of a petulant prissy president who is going to the tropics to avoid all us proles & hoi polloi, a Greek term which means “the majority”.

    They desperately want control of you and me and will willingly cause harm to get their way. They can’t give up now since they are so close to having the foundation for a pure socialist government apparatus.

  2. captstubby says:

    no use of any other government-issued equipment…

    Employees will receive an official email Tuesday explaining whether or not they are essential or slated to be furloughed. The email will include …

    so will they get Official notification on twitter?

    or maybe ABC/Yahoo?

    and wow, must be a “blow your mind” reality check to find out your job is non essential !

    Oh, the pain the pain.

    Dr. Zachary Smith:

    “Lost in Space: (1966)

  3. Astravogel says:

    World War Two Veterans, who broke Germany, Italy,
    and Japan, were not having any when the Park Police
    barracaded the WW II Memorial in Washington. Photos
    on Drudge Report today, 1 October, 2013

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