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Friday, November 02, 2007


New Jersey state workers are up in arms over Gov. Corzine's decision to open state offices on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

The Communications Workers of America orchestrated a telephone blitz to the governor's office, and so far, more than 3,000 calls have been fielded.

Since the governor says he wants to stop the decades-long practice of giving state workers that day off with pay, I guess they now will be crying in their leftover turkey sandwiches at work.


What a shame they'll miss all this:

Photo by Word Ridden

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Anonymous proofreader said...

Have to stop government waste and spending somewhere. Hopefully, the governor and all other elected officials are at their desks, too. Of course, they'll all claim they are taking off with paid personal/holidays anyway. Now, not only will it still take 40 minutes to get a human contact on these government hotline/info phones, but they will be crankier and more pissed-off than normal on day after Thanksgiving.

Fri Nov 02, 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Now that the day -after Thanksgiving sales begin at ungodly 6 or 7 AM.. these workers can still shop a couple hours pre-work anyway! I feel worse for Wal-mart and department store cashiers, etc. making minimum wage, preparing holiday meals day before and having to awake at 4 AM to make 6AM work for all the nuts lining up for the action figure Jesus or Jeff Foxworthy Redneck 2008 calendars or whatever it is they so desperately need from Wal-mart at that ungodly hour. I'll pay the extra 2 bucks the following day when they are still on the shelves..assuming I am in the market for those things! You'd think they were giving away wartime rations of meat or sugar or gas the way people clammer and claw to be first in line predawn!

Fri Nov 02, 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous A private sector guy said...

I have some close friends,a husband and wife who each run their own particular prison.
He at Edna Mahon,she at Mountainview. They have their lives on the line every day in that environment doing a thankless job for inmates who have little or no future.
I can't comment on the work ethic of any other state employee but the two aforementioned two are more than entitled to that day off.

Besides Gov.Jon Corzine will recoup nicely when he sells off the Parkway and Turnpike.

Fri Nov 02, 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Loved the video!Ahhh! Nothing says "Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men" like the trampling, suffocating swarm of holiday shoppers being whisked away in wheelchairs and the wail of ambulances on Black Friday. I have 2 words for these nuts! Online shopping!

Fri Nov 02, 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous proofreader said...

Sorry, but that is the point..government workers feeling entitled to taxpayer paid days off. They chose this field of work.
yes, it is commendable the work they do, but many of us put in countless , unpaid overtime hours in private and/or non-profit industries because it is profession we choose. It was wrong to tell the workers last-minute in case plans were already made. Corzine should've at least told them Jan. or at latest June 1st so they could make other arrangements or reschedule vacation days, etc. If millions of dollars being saved to help offset deficit, then it is a sacrifice well worth it in my opinion. Next year, everyone will have to take day after Thanksgiving as paid vacation or personal day. I am sure thousands will end-up calling in sick (paid day) anyway just to zing governor.

Fri Nov 02, 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous go gov said...

government employees got it easy. they don't know what it's like to work like the little guy who doesn't get those days off.

Sat Nov 03, 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope Gov. Corzine enjoys his paid Thanksgiving extended four day weekend. Must be nice to have UNLIMITED Vacation and Sick time.
Freakin' hypocrite.

Thu Nov 22, 02:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the old Private Sector

I've worked in the Private Sector and I currently work for the State of New Jersey. Let me tell you something. The private sector is much better than State Government. Private sector pays better and has better benefits and just about equal Pension plan as the State. The “office politics” in the state is horrendous. In the private sector, promotions are based on merit, not who you know or Kiss-Up to. I see people taking tests for measly promotion all of the time and they pass, but they are denied the promotion. Oh, it costs $15.00 for every test applied for. Completely Absurd. I never once had to take a test with my old employer. I was a reliable worker and I always got a decent raise or deserving promotion. I would get 8, 10 and 12% raises. Not the chintzy 1, 1.5 or 2% raises the State gives to its employees.

I retired 5 years ago after 35 years of service with a company I loved and started with the State of New Jersey shortly there after to make a little extra pocket money, plus I love working with people. Friends and family ask me if I can get them in. I tell them “You don’t want to do that.” You’ll never get anywhere working for the state.

Nepotism is every where Private and State, But when it comes to State nepotism, It wins hands down. I’ve seen situations where some one was Number 1 a test for a much better position, and lost it to a Division Directors son. And come to find out he got the Title without a test.

Ahh, I’m rambling. Sorry.

All I’m saying is, if you can’t afford the price of college, DON’T WORK FOR THE STATE. If you don’t have family in high positions to help you advance, forget about it. You’ll never make enough to rent an apartment and don’t even think about purchasing a house.

So all of you Private Sector loud mouths think you have it so bad. Work for the State of New Jersey for six month and you’ll change your tune.

Thu Nov 22, 03:17:00 AM  

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