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that private sector employees (with the exception of the top 2% of course) are largely being screwed by having to work more hours,

and turn that around to say "see, that's the problem with public employees, they're lazy!"

Apparently, private sector employees on average work a couple hours more per week than public sector employees. They either don't know, or have chosen not to share with us, how private sector work weeks of today compare with those of the past. I'm guessing it would not fit their narrative.

Considering that wages have been stagnant against inflation over the past several years, it doesn't sound like a great deal to me.

But if you think the guys who wrote the article sound like jerks, scroll on down and read some of the comments....

Originally posted to t o on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:16 PM PST.

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  •  I worked for a small, family-owned consulting... (2+ / 0-)
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    radarlady, Calamity Jean

    ...firm, that had 8.5 hour days. They got in trouble with the DoL for that, and I recived a check from them for back overtime pay about a year after I left their employ. I worked for two other consulting firms with 8 hour days, and my final employer, the City of Chicago, had me working 7 hour days. At my hourly rate, an 8 hour day would be something approaching 108K, versus the 94K I earned working for the City. Of course, as a private consultant I wouldn't have had to deal with either the public, or the local politicians.

    The WSJ can live in their little bubble, and continue to play all of us unwitting workers against each other, per their lord and master Murdoch the Merciless.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:04:50 PM PST

  •  Due to current management WSJ is working overtime (2+ / 0-)
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    radarlady, JeffW

    due to their bosses agenda. To me that is not productive. They have had and still have some great writers but nowadays they seem to be more about an agenda than about reporting.

    Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” webofdebt

    by arealniceguy on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:30:55 PM PST

  •  Tell them to talk to public school teachers (3+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron, JeffW, Calamity Jean

    who are paid for a 38 - 40 hour work week but who typically work a 55 - 60 hour workweek.  Every time there are budget cuts we get our pay frozen and more work to do.  Last year, my district implemented a new curriculum.  Typically we would be paid our per diem rate of pay for several days in the summer to be trained in the new curriculum.  Because of budget cuts, that wasn't the case.  We were left to do it on our own.  This has amounted to 1.5 - 2 hours more work per day.  That's a lot of unpaid overtime, already added to existing unpaid overtime!

    “It is the job of the artist to think outside the boundaries of permissible thought and dare say things that no one else will say."—Howard Zinn

    by musiclady on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 04:15:09 PM PST

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