Skip to comments.Govt. Union Rep: Employees Only Have To Be “Available To Work” To Get Paid
Posted on 08/22/2017 7:02:11 PM PDT by Hojczyk
ts not just the VA where were having trouble cutting out the deadwood, however. This report from the Washington Post has at least one real eye opener in it. The head of the Treasury has been made aware of problems at the Patent and Trademark Office. Over there, a number of workers were found to be falsifying their time reporting, billing the government for hundreds of thousands of dollars for time not worked. In some of the most severe cases, workers put in two hours of time, then had the audacity to charge the government for a full day plus two hours of overtime. Only one person has managed to be fired in that scandal and that case may be put on hold also.
Sounds like this should be fairly easy to clean up, right? Not so fast. Enter Harold Ross, president of Local 243 of the National Treasury Employees Union. He doesnt see any reason for disciplinary action because even if his union members werent on the job, they were available to work. (Emphasis added)
A union official denied any impropriety, saying his members were available to work but often finished their tasks quickly and awaited more assignments, a practice that went on for as long as a decade.
My employees are not in the wrong, said Harold Ross, president of Local 243 of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents the unit. They produce fast. Theyre available for the whole time. All of a sudden, management wants to come against them.
Patent office spokesman Paul Rosenthal said in an email the agency does not comment on specific personnel cases. For the umpteenth time we see the disconnect between reality and how things work in the union world.
(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...
Why does this exist?
Nice work, if you can be available for it.
Guess it’s time to review the departmental budget.
So, they "work" for the union, but get paid by us. Sounds about right.
My brother used to work in HR there. He was in charge of interacting with the unions. The stories he used to tell me. Just as in the article, he would have employees come to work, work for a few hours, then read comic books for the rest of the day. In another case, he had a worker come in with a baseball bat, threatening to assault other employees. Due to the unions in both cases, he couldn’t fire them.
The very idea of union workers working quickly and efficiently is ludicrous on its face.
“The very idea of union workers working quickly and efficiently is ludicrous on its face.”
The ONLY THINGs any union is good at are f*cking their employer (in this case us) and f*cking off!
The only thing as pathetic as fed unions is fed management. Pack of morons.
I have to work with unions from time to time. Usually means projects behind schedule and over budget. I get a kick out of how the unions wave American flags and call it a brotherhood.
Socialist back stabbers, suck up to the commissar or don’t get work is the reality. Only they call him the shop steward.
According to whom, and under what authority?
What's up with Federal employees or their Union choosing to accet limitations or ignoring rules they agree with or not?
Is Obama's no longer transferable and criminal unconstitutional arrogance still transferable?
Where’s my check?
Well it sounds like a down sizing makes sense. I’ve seen government sinecures like this, however.
If federal employees are working for a federal agency that cannot be justified under any of the powers that the states have expressly constitutionally delegated to the feds, most of these powers listed in Congresss constitutional Article I, Section 8-limited powers, then these employees need to find new jobs outside the federal government imo.
Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States. Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
From the accepted doctrine that the United States is a government of delegated powers, it follows that those not expressly granted, or reasonably to be implied from such as are conferred, are reserved to the states, or to the people. To forestall any suggestion to the contrary, the Tenth Amendment was adopted. The same proposition, otherwise stated, is that powers not granted are prohibited [emphasis added]. United States v. Butler, 1936.
Also, although Trump is accomplishing a LOT as president, it remains that since the uniparty Congress wants to get rid of him that his first two years in office are arguably just practice. That being said ...
swamp sewer! Drain the sewer!
Remember in November 2018 !
Since corrupt Congress is the biggest part of the sewer (imo) that Trump wants to drain, it is actually up to patriots to drain the sewer in the 2018 elections, patriots supporting Trump by electing as many new members of Congress as they can who will support Trump.
In the meanwhile, patriots need to make sure that there are plenty of Trump-supporting candidates on the primary ballots.
Patriots need to qualify candidates by asking them why the Founding States made the Constitutions Section 8 of Article I; to limit (cripple) the federal governments powers.
Patriots also need to make sure that candidates are knowledgeable of the Supreme Court's clarifications of the federal governments limited powers listed above.
Also, unlike incumbent members of Congress who wrongly remained silent while misguided state officials abridged the constitutionally enumerated rights of citizens during the lawless Obama Administration, patriots need to make sure that candidates on the 2018 primary ballots commit to the following.
Candidates need to commit to making and enforcing 14th Amendment-related laws to prosecute misguided state officials who use state powers to abridge constitutionally enumerated protections, 1st Amendment-protected religious expression and free speech for example, such actions prohibited by Section 1 of the 14th Amendment.
14th Amendment, Section 1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States [emphasis added]; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Again, drain the sewer! Drain the sewer!
well, one thing is right.
they CAN get their work done in 2 hours - because, on average, these ‘can’t fire’ gov’t jobs have 2-3 people on the payroll for every job that could be handled by one person -
If this is NOT in the labor contract, a simple letter to the union saying that this illegal practice will cease immediately should suffice. If it is in the contract, which I doubt, that is why we have union contract RENEGOTIATIONs.
Jeez, when I was growing up, if I told them (a private workplace) to pay me for being available, I’d be shown the door. If my employees did that, I’ll tell them ‘Don’t let the door hit you in the ass!’
Most government jobs are workfare to feign assimilation by certain ethnic/gender minorities; they cling to government because many have little value in the private sector.
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