(Closed) Federal employees– re: goverment shutdown

posted 9 years ago in Legal
Post # 17
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94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Fiance is a federal employee, for the Corps of Engineers, and they discussed furlough today.  If the shutdown is not averted they will go into work on Monday (without pay of course) to go into the emergency shutdown plan…and turn in Blackberries, laptops, etc.

Fiance is less worried than I am, but it is pretty scary not knowing what is going to happen or how long it could last!

Post # 18
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389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow, I am so out of the loop, I didn’t even know this was going on.  I’m just a state employee, though.  We’ve taken a 4.6% pay decrease in the form of one monthly furlough day for the past 2 years now, wage/merit increases frozen and absolutely not allowed (not even cost of living increases), and a hiring freeze.  Our insurance has been stripped to a shit bare bones policy (my deductible has tripled and I now have to pay 20% of the cost of each visit) and our Governor wants to take away our furlough and permanently cut our pay by 5%.  Being a public employee sure sucks!  We’re always getting the shaft!!

sorry, I know I’m not a federal employee but I just had to whine a little bit and this sounds worse than what I’m going through, if it actually happens…  I can’t believe there might be a shutdown….I guess it’s time go to read cnn.com!!!!

Post # 19
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429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i hope i dont have to turn in my laptop.  :::surfs weddingbee::

Embarassed

Post # 20
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268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yeah I hope the govt doesn’t shutdown it will suck though I will be on leave getting married for the next 2 weeks.

Post # 21
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42 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am a federal employee. We received an email today stating that we have to report to work on Monday to see whether or not we will be furloughed. There are certain essential positions that have to stay. Only the higher-ups in my office are essential so I don’t understand why they just can’t tell us before. The email we got said we will receive pay for Monday for going in and getting our letter that says we are furloughed. There are a lot of websites out, including OPM, that says we should be able to file for unemployment. 

If we truly have a furlough and it lasts a good amount of time, all my wedding savings will be gone. This situation is very stressful. 

Post # 22
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94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@akayh: Fiance was told today that after 7 days they can file for unemployment.

 

He was given the choice of furlough or to use annual paid vacation leave.  He chose to use his leave because we have virtually no savings, and I don’t see how we could make it [possibly] several weeks without his income.  The last time the government shut down employees were given back the leave that they used, but that’s not a definite.  We may have to change our honeymoon plans if the shutdown lasts too long.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@tamaracks: I agree… I am also a federal worker and I am pretty sure that we will not find out anything until the very last minute…. Hopefully, everything will work out but right now…..it’s not looking too good….things can change so we shall see…

Post # 24
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3165 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i’m a federal employee and we’ve been getting updates every time the continuing resolutions come close, starting back in November i think when they were forseeing this becoming a problem. they’ve been getting a continuance at the 11th hour every time it seems so i’m not that worried but i am watching it.

Post # 25
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7680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Time to fight for workers’ rights!  I hope that everything works out ok for everybody.

Post # 26
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50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m not a federal employee, but my husband is active duty Navy.  We found this information that says he’ll still earn money, but not be paid until the budget is settled.

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=59615

I feel thankful that we’ll at least be reimbursed, but of course I’m hoping if it does happen, it doesn’t last long at all.  I’ll be keeping you federally employed Bees in my thoughts and prayers.

Post # 27
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429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think it is absolutely ridiculous what they’re doing to all of the federal employees, ESPECIALLY THE MILITARY!! I’m not a federal employee, but I’m enraged. Congressmen have tons of money, so they don’t know what kind of shape that puts the everyday worker in to go weeks/months without a check. And even though they’ll reimburse the military, I still that’s the dirtiest thing they can do. If any position should continued to be paid, it should be our military. They’re not pushing pencils, they’re defending our country! Geez!!

Post # 28
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7691 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Pretty much all of our friends and my SIL and BIL work for the government since we live in the DC area. It definitely sucks and I feel so bad that it has come to this point. I wish they would just figure this shit out. Leaving people without work/pay for an unknown period of time is ridiculous. Hopefully it wont last too long. 🙁

Wishing all you fed bees the best

Post # 30
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18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We haven’t heard anything (we are both government employees).

I have heard that we are going to have to report on Monday to hear if we are furloughed but it hasn’t been officially announced (just to supervisors).

I don’t know what we will do without income if it lasts a while.

Post # 31
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622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

I am a federal employee and Mr. Lox is a federal contractor. Needless to say, losing income a month before our wedding is not something we’re looking forward to. Right now we’re not sure if we’ll lose just my paycheck or his too.

I have to say, it looks pretty grim. We will be contacted via personal phone or email on Saturday if we get shutdown. Right now, everyone kind of expects that this is going to happen.

I swear you all, we are working in the only industry where we lose our paychecks because someone else can’t do their job. Love it.

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