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Public employees get their perks

Published: Fri, May 4, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Public employees get their perks

It seems as though I read in The Vindicator almost every week about some public employee who is being paid or getting ready to be paid for unused sick time or vacation time.

April 26, front page, “City law director — Legal shake-up adds flexibility.” How many more coffin nails do we need to see before the private sector taxpayer, those of us who pay for these outlandish perks of payments for unused sick leave and vacation time, say enough is enough? Unfortunately the governor should not have bitten off more than he could chew with SB 5. If he’d only gone after these two perks for public employees instead of the whole enchilada, getting himself labeled a union buster, maybe reasonable people would have voted for it.

And what about the April 25 headline, “YEA chief to teachers: Expect layoffs.” I’m no mathematician, but it begs the question: how many part-time teachers or staff could avoid future layoffs if recent retirees or those about to retire had not been paid large sums of money under their contractual agreements?

I’m still amazed how some public employees can go month after month, year after year, without taking vacation time to be with family or friends to recharge their batteries. They either have jobs with little or no stress, or they find a way to take time off and chalk it up to some business, or “monkey business.”

The slippery slope of greed and selfishness did other great societies in. Our once-great society is slipping away at a pace. Even the woods, where money used to grow on trees, are no longer there.

The answer? I’m not sure there is one anymore.

As a nation, we seem to have turned our backs on God, and even He must be shaking His head — just as we do so often with our children, who have lost respect for what they see as a lack of morals in our adult leadership.

Robert DeFelice, Poland


1RustOnMyBelt(157 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

An important point that is missed here is that many public employees ,like a lot of private sector jobs are pressured into doing more with less or more specifically,doing more with less employees.Its not easy for them to take off on vacation when the last two days of it will be filled with worry about what mountain of work will be waiting for them upon their return.If an employee is doing the work that two employees used to do then they are also returning to twice the work they otherwise would have expected in the past.Lastly,there is the issue of public employees whose main function is to serve the public.Now that their workloads have increased,they still desire to serve the public to the best of their abilities. This means that they will sacrifice their own free time that could be spent with family for the sake of serving the those "customers" who depend upon them.They are largely committed to their jobs and will often go the extra mile before allowing the system to fall apart-even when that means their own free time will be lost.As a result of these factors vacation time builds up, the employees do become stressed and the stress may eventually force them to be off of work due to health concerns.

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The emotional arguments attemptig to justify excessive pay and benefits for public employees need to be ignored. I am not saying that public employees are the sole cause for our economic problems, but it is a major contributing factor.

Our ecomy will collapse when hyper inflation erupts along with the weakening dollar, higher taxes and huge debt/deficit.

People will no longer be hiding cash under their mattress. Rather there will be more and more people renouncing their US citizenship and taking their riches to low tax foreign countries.

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3DontBanThisDrone(715 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

chuck_carney wrote: "...there will be more and more people renouncing their US citizenship..."

Did you see the Yahoo article about a week or so ago? People have already begun doing this.

When The People are impelled to take such a drastic measure as to...um...Renounce Their U.S. Citizenship!, we hope that you're mature and logical enough to realize that - hey, something just ain't right here. lol


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4peacelover(805 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Spot on, Education_Voter.
Yes, let's all go after the under-$50,000 crowd. They make way too much money. But God forbid any millionaire should pay an extra dime in taxes. They are the job creators, after all, LOL.

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5300(573 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

For someone who left Youngstown, you spend a lot of time reading your former hometown newspaper. Is it that where you live now, nobody cares about your opinion?

I've met a fair number of people like you, the "teachers are stupid" crowd. I've also noticed that the people who think like you do are usually not the sharpest tool in the shed. You look to blame someone for your frustrations, just like this guy from Poland, but it's nobody's fault but your own for your lot in life.

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6300(573 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

That's funny, formerytown, because I graduated from 2 "Ivy League" universities, and I'd never refer to them as "ivy". If I refer to where I went to school, I use the specific name, not the generalized label. If you actually had gone to one, then you'd know why.

I can tell from your posts that you're making up stories.

Needless to say, someone who's content in life doesn't need to come back to his former hometown and complain on a forum.

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7doubled(210 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

fd - possibly the best post regarding this type of issue that I've ever seen.

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8grand4dad(208 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Very well said fd.

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9chairman(12 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey DeFelice--"when you point a finger
you have three pointing back at you, and
one of them is the middle finger.

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10southsidedave(5072 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

@ FLHTCUI...post the link to your data next time for all of us to learn

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11DwightK(1370 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Maybe we should stop saying public employees earn to much and ask our elected officials why they can't attract better paying jobs for the rest of us. Paying for decent civil servants stops being a problem if we all make better money.

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