Why it’s Time for Underpaid Government Workers to go on Strike

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For too long, government workers have had to get by with minimal leave, insufficient pay, measly employee benefits, stringent performance requirements and excessive accountability. From teachers to Post Office workers to passport issuers, it is well known that government workers are the hardest working and most underpaid workers in America.

One might argue that on average, government workers get paid a lot more than private sector workers, especially when you include benefits and pensions, but this doesn’t account for the fact that government workers work much harder and do more important jobs than private sector workers. The economy could function perfectly without coal miners, fishermen or farmers, but without Post Office workers, teachers or the many nameless government system operators who keep this country running, society would grind to a halt. Without teachers educating our children in a range of important subjects like the gender continuum and the importance of diversity in white countries, we wouldn’t have Critical Race Theory graduates like myself doing accredited journalism and keeping people informed! Without the Post Office, companies wouldn’t be able to send important physical documents, unless they used a more expensive and less reliable courier! Without passport and license-issuing authorities everything would be illegal, and no business could occur whatsoever.

Government workers are fed up with having to work long hours for minimal pay. Many people think teachers get excessive amounts of paid leave, but they have no idea how hard teachers work and how important the job they do is. You’re managing a whole class of rowdy children with only five coffee breaks for relaxation, and the work doesn’t end even end when school closes at 3:30 in the afternoon! You then have lesson plans and extra-curricular activities to coach, which often involve exercise, which many large teachers find exhausting! Now consider the fact that teachers have to do this year after year until they finally retire at 45, after which they have to live on 70-100% of that same minimal salary for the rest of their lives!

And as if that’s not enough, sadistic Republicans now want to take away teachers’ job security! They want to introduce “performance-related remuneration” in which teachers get paid more if their children get better marks, or if they get better feedback from children and parents. This would force every teacher to constantly strive to work harder, as outliers show everyone else up and enforce increasingly impossible standards. Teachers will also have to live with the sword over their heads as they watch their every move, trying their best to avoid getting fired.

What kind of sick society would treat its most prized government workers like this? What kind of society doesn’t honor their best workers with reasonable compensation and pensions that at least let them live the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed? Even 100% of your final salary paid in perpetuity doesn’t cover your retirement expenses. When people retire they spend more money on leisure and they live more unstructured lives with unpredictable expenses. If we had any compassion whatsoever for our best people, we’d be paying them a lot more. It’s time for government workers to say enough is enough. It’s time to demand respect, and until their reasonable demands for higher pay are met, they will refuse to do another day of work in these slave-like conditions.

Pbier

Performance related pay for teachers is the final straw. The whole pay package becomes a lottery, especially if one teacher has more than xer share of cognitively-privileged pupils and another has none. Any variable pay element should be measured using abstract metrics like ‘tolerance’, ’empathy with the underprivileged’ and such like.

Black Lives Matter

Performance-related pay is racist.

trav777

Next thing you know, some sexist will be saying womyn don’t make particularly good firefighters

intersectionalityisforeveryone
intersectionalityisforeveryone

NFL players are down on their knees over just these kinds of inequalities.

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

These deep-state SOBs have gamed the system you big dummy…. The best way to get these lazy bastards to do anything with any measurable benefit: use the damn whips!

Vladmir Putin
Vladmir Putin

Government workers should be careful to not prolong the strike.
We don’t want people to realize that life is better with government non-functional and its workers on strike.

trav777

What kind of sick system would reward teachers for good grades!?!? This will create a bidding war for asian students, further entrenching white supremacy in our society!

Black Lives Matter

African-Americans students are generally the most sought after. Most colleges spend the vast majority of scholarships and financial aid on African-Americans. Everyone knows we’re the best.

Bureaucrat
Bureaucrat

Underpaid?

They are already bankrupting municipalities, states, and the country with their promised pensions.

How will we be able to pay for healthcare-for-all if we give the government workers even more money?

What we really need is more government workers – not higher paid government workers. More government workers = more tax dollars paid into the system.

Grandpa\'s Remington
Grandpa\'s Remington

Beep. Beep. Beep.

Put on your orange safety vest! Liberal logic at work here.

Bureaucrat
Bureaucrat

I don’t think you understand. We don’t need to pay the government workers more.

We need more tax collection to fund our government, and the best way to get that is to hire more government workers.

When we have more tax dollars collected, we have more money to give out in the form of welfare benefits. These government workers requesting higher pay will benefit from the welfare benefits, and will also not have to pay for health insurance with single payer.

Why would you want higher wages that are eligible for taxation, when you can just get that money through welfare benefits?

Vladmir Putin
Vladmir Putin

Are you suggesting that money gets created through hard work?

A trillion here, and a trillion there, and all the computers involved in QE, have lost track of the trillions they created out of thin air.

Bureaucrat
Bureaucrat

No. Not at all. Hard work is akin to slavery.

Wealth is created through regulations that strengthen and expand the employment of government workers, like myself. Regulations additionally ensure that our citizens and global neighbors are safe and healthy.

Black Lives Matter

You cannot be serious. How will we pay for healthcare-for-all? How about raising taxes on the rich for starters?

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz

The Government Printing Office has 3,200 employees. They’re the printers for the US Congress. Five $175k/year union printers for each and every blowhard ant-eatin’ parasite in Congress!! More damn black loafers than Amazon dot com.

Black Lives Matter

The government prints a lot of money. Someone has to look after it.

I’d be okay, though, with letting our most accredited bankers supervise this operation as well.

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz

We have 2,000 loafers at the U.S. Treasury designing currency with old black peoples on ’em. That’s 2,000 too many!

#racist

Black Lives Matter

If those 2,000 people are fired, then who will design the currency with African-Americans? Huh???

Politifact Fact Checker
Politifact Fact Checker

Senator Cruz, I’m afraid you are peddling fiction again. The GPO employs a little more than half of that, and the average salary is in the 80k range. Just Google it.

How about you and your family go conspire to kill some more Kennedy’s.

#accredited-times-pick

Black Lives Matter

The only thing Donald Trump ever said that was accurate was calling that piece of garbage “Lyin’ Ted.”

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