Some Federal Employees Eligible for One Day Off Per 1.4 Days Worked
On Wednesday, Senator Ron Johnson blocked making Juneteenth a federal holiday on the basis that it would create one more paid day off for federal employees in addition to the ten paid holidays they already receive, and the up to 99 other paid days off they can be eligible for.
As the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported:
“I am happy to celebrate Juneteenth. I think we should celebrate the fact that we did remove that original sin by emancipating slaves,” said Johnson in blocking Senate approval.
“I simply don’t believe we should make American taxpayers in the private sector pony up $600 million a year, $6 billion over 10 years, to give federal workers, who already are paid quite generously and have quite a few days off, one more paid day off,” he added.
But the most damning statistic came when he broke down how federal workers don’t even need to work two full days for every one they’re eligible to take off.
At a minimum, he showed in charts, federal employees are eligible for some 96 days of paid leave. That includes 60 days of parental leave. At a maximum, it totals 109 days of paid leave.
That means, said Johnson, those who take the maximum leave get one paid day off for every 1.4 days they work. Those who don’t take the 60 days of paid parental leave but do all their holiday, sick, and vacation time, still get a paid day off for every 4.3 days of work, he showed.
So, best case scenario a worker can take a day off for every 1.4 days worked, or in the worst case scenario, are awarded roughly a four day work week.
Being a federal worker also has some Hotel California-esque attributes.
As the Foundation for Economic Education puts it, in the public sector, “nobody quits, and you can’t get fired.” Owed to its excessive benefits, the rate of quitting in the public sector 70% lower than in the private sector – probably due to them avoiding five day workweeks.
And the discrepancy isn’t much different for firings. Federal workers are fired or laid off at rates 71% lower than in the private sector, with the only exception being when state budgets faced severe pressure in the summer of 2010.
To put it mildly, it’s ain’t a bad gig.