Monday, September 19, 2011

Is Federal Government Cheating Some Employees?

Is Federal Government Cheating Some Employees?:

The first law passed in 1995 after Republicans assumed control of the Congress was quite succinct: “Congress must abide by all the laws that they impose on the rest of America.” Ever since then, hundreds of stories have been written that describe how our Federal government reserves special treatment for itself. Some illustrate the benefits that elected officials award themselves, while others focus on special treatment for federal employees. While researching a new category of special treatment, we discovered much more than we bargained for.

A reader brought to our attention the plight of federal temporary workers. She had been employed, as a temporary worker, at both the US Postal Service and the USDA, and claimed that she received none of the benefits to which a permanent employee was entitled.

She was told “We hire temps so we don’t have to count them as regular government workers, so the government doesn’t look as big as it is.”...........

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