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What is a non-essential state employee?

by: Garrett Quinn

Fri Dec 19, 2008 at 15:09:32 PM EST

At RMG we're wondering, what exactly is the definition of a non-essential state employee? refers to them as "non-emergency" employees. Whatever that means. If they're non-essential why are they employed at all? Would you feel slighted if you were labeled "non-essential"? The author, half-jokingly, says anyone without a gun or badge is non-essential.

So, what is a non-essential state employee?  

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Sal Dimassi is pretty non-essential (0.00 / 0)
On a more serious note that covers a lot of employees.

Everyone in the higher education system as one example.  Everyone from professors to janitors.  Everyone from UMass to Bunker Hill CC.

"Never Head of Michael Graham." - Gabriel Gomez.

More distain from the right... (0.00 / 0)
Howie and Michael Graham were having the same fun with this.  Clearly the state needs another label for employees whose work on a given day is not "essential" to keeps the lights on or to protect people and propoerty in times of semi emergencies.  

But cheap shot artists like Garrett loved to mock people who are just tryuing to do their jobs,  Sure the state, like any large organization, including big companies (I've seen that first hand) have some employees that are overpiad and they underperfom (even in bad times, I've seen plenty of private businesses employ fools).  But for the most part, they are people doing their jobs so they can raise a family.

So F*ck you and your snide attack...I'll tell you who "non-essential" state employees are...

They are the social workers that can't visit cliets when it's snowing.

They are clerks that pay bills, which can be paid a day or two later becuase of the snow.

They are the Assistant DAs who's prep for a case or a court hearing can be delayed for a day or two becasue of the snow.

They are folks at the RMV who have no one visiting there offices because it is snowing.  

They are the auditors in the Revenue Department whose can wait another day before writing an audit report.

And the list goes on.

You Garrett and many here are RNG ahve "non-essential jobs".  Whatever tasks you ahve can wait until the storm passes over.  Sure you'll have to get your work done--as these people do--and that is essential to make your company or governemnt run.  But it doesn't have to be done toady.

So stop beating up on folks.  It's Christmas for godsake, so some humanity to your fellow brethern, and stop being an idiot.

Non Essential employees get laid off (0.00 / 0)
That's the huge difference.  Instead of laying off non-essential employees, like the private sector does, they just cut local aid, and raise taxes.

I remember going to my first wife's college graduation at Mass Art.  There were tons of people wearing buttons that said "furloughed state employee" like it was a badge of honor.  I told her they should have read "former state employee."

I got laid off, because the company wanted to maximize taxpayer value, I don't see wailing and knashing of teeth because of it.  And I'll survive, I'll get a new job.

The state needs the same thing...  Non essential...  most of them are.  So F*ck you right back at ya.

"Don't let me get away with it. Check me out. Don't be the sucker generation." -Ronald Reagan

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Thank you for twisting the issue... (0.00 / 0)
The contention made by Garrett is that if your duties are not so essential that you can't miss work when their is a snow storm, your job should be eliminated.  Is that your position also?  Do you have a job that requires you to be there everyday...becuase if you miss one day, you are non-essential and your job should be eliminated.  About 99% of us fall into that catagory.

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to you Festus (0.00 / 0)
No state employee should ever lose their job, because they are as sacred as clergy, more valuable than a soldier, more vunerable than a kitten.

We really need all those toll takers, and street sweepers, and janitors who make 75,000 a year.

For God sakes, man it's Christmas!  Fire some private sector employees so you can pay your fair share of taxes.

I'm sick of public employees bitching about furloughs and layoffs...  in the next 4-8 years government will be the largest industry of the United States.

"Don't let me get away with it. Check me out. Don't be the sucker generation." -Ronald Reagan

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Rant all you want... (0.00 / 0)
This post, asn my comments, are about the "non-essential" workers asked to stay home becuase of the storm.  You want to expand it to a general rant of all public employees.  I won't defend the toll takers, but find be a janitor in the public sector that makes $75,000.

And BTWm dispite your misrepresentation, so fair the state has laid-off 1,000 employees in the last two months and I suspect thousands more will be added.  But you're not reading a thing I write, so I expect more mindless ranting from you.

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With all the misspellings in your posts... (0.00 / 0)
...I am starting to think you do work for the Commonwealth.  

"The prediction here is that RMG will peter out in a couple of months." - Adam Reilly, 2/28/2007

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Get a life. (0.00 / 0)

"The prediction here is that RMG will peter out in a couple of months." - Adam Reilly, 2/28/2007

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Excuse me, get a life Festus. (0.00 / 0)

"The prediction here is that RMG will peter out in a couple of months." - Adam Reilly, 2/28/2007

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Good point... (0.00 / 0)
...responding to one of your posts is truly a waste of time.  In fact, I can't think of a less prodcutive thing to do than to actually give your opinions credence and to respond to them.

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Play nice (0.00 / 0)
So F*ck you

Be excellent to each other... or else.

"Never Head of Michael Graham." - Gabriel Gomez.

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Play fair... (0.00 / 0)
...Brockton Dave uses the same * as I, yet you say nothing.

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OH MAN - I totally wanted to join in and make fun of gov workers until (0.00 / 0)
I read Festus's fricken post.......and was shamed out of it.

It was the "cheap shot artists like Garrett loved to mock people" comment and the "stop being an idiot" comment that did me in.

Molon Labe

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Non-essential employee. (0.00 / 0)

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Ummmm..... (0.00 / 0)
I AM a non-essential State employee.....unless our freezers fail.

"I acknowledge having racist and classist and sexist feelings of white male superiority." -John Howard

When fast lane is more effective than you are, you've got a problem .... (4.00 / 1)
You know you have a non-essential state employee when a little automated chip can do the work for them ..

IE: toll takers, clearly.

And Festus genuinely gives me a good laugh. No one would come trolling on this site and get so goddamn defensive unless they depended on the state for their quality of life. (Or lack thereof, if Festus spends his time on RMG trying to rile people up) ...  

-Corie Whalen

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