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.