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Not Gruntled at all

February 13th, 2011 at 02:28 pm

That is to say--disgruntled. I love my job, I truly do, but the current situation in my state is making it hard to like it very much. As I've blogged before, the state cutbacks mean at least a 10--and more like a 15% paycut. That alone makes me uneasy, but worse than that is the rhetoric coming out of the governor's office that threatens protesters against the governor's attempt to eliminate various kinds of collective bargaining with the National Guard. Gee Guv, we teach your children. Is this a reasonable way to talk to us? There are all sorts of ads running about how overpaid state employees are fostering a climate of distrust and disrespect that I find tremendously unhealthy. I know what I make, I know how much I work, and if I'm indeed overpaid, it's news to me.

I'll likely be in a sulk for several days, but I'm spending Sunday afternoon as I usually do: working.

6 Responses to “Not Gruntled at all”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    I know. I think government employees are just an easy target. People feel like they need to blame someone, and there are all the civil servants, with their supposed pension funds, doing all the grunt work. My sister and mom worked for government-- low pay, thankless demanding work. Makes me mad!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I had to Google to see which state's governor is threatening to call the National Guard out on teachers should there be any "unrest"--to use his word. So it's Wisconsin. Your governor says the National Guard is ready to respond. Yeah, I bet NG really wants to aim their guns at their kids' teachers, the water treatment plant technicians, the pathologists in the public health lab, and the clerks who record fishing licenses!

    But I've been noticing for months, maybe more than 2 years now, an increasing gripe against public employees as though they are pigs feeding at the trough. I've even seen hits of it in the discussion forums at Savingadvice.com. So maybe there are idiots who think teachers should work for less and have their pension systems dismantled.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Thanks gals. And it is Wisconsin, but I suspect it's almost as bad in lots of places. I honestly don't know how our admin people and our TAs are going to afford a doubling of their health insurance premiums. There's plenty of "unrest." I'll bet many of them don't sleep much these days.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Oh wow, that stinks. I also got a fright because for some reason I always assumed you lived in Minnesota like me, and I thought our new governor Dayton had done that! It would've been completely out of character. Yep, state budgets are bad everywhere, but that doesn't mean collective bargaining should be brought to a halt by military force. Yeesh.

  5. My English Castle Says:

    ceejay--I'm a Minneapolitan by birth and upbringing, but have been gone for a while--in the UK then here. I can't imagine Mark Dayton calling out the National Guard either!
    I need to stop sulking, but can't quite bring myself to it yet.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Ugh! I heard about that yesterday and thought of you. It is so utterly ridiculous. Unfortunately as other posters noted, the public view of government workers - especially ps teachers - is that they should have to suffer along with everyone else - why should they be guaranteed a pension when our 401ks are dismal? (that's a viewpoint I heard at Christmas - I of course listened with my mouth hanging open .. considering I was a teacher, and soon will (hopefully) be a PS employee again ...)

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