Bill Flanagan: Essentially nonessential

October 19, 2013 

Two years ago, I worked for a thriving Triangle company that employed over 500 people around the country. Quite suddenly the company determined that 95 percent of the employees were nonessential. This company was out of funding money and the only way it could keep operating enough to be essential to its customer base was to remove paid positions in areas of operations that were not essential to keep the basic services uninterrupted.

The U.S. government has now been operating in this manner for over two weeks. It has determined that a large number of people are nonessential. Difference is, the employees of the local private company were released and did not return to work after termination. The government nonessentials are promised back pay for the weeks not worked, job resumption as if nothing happened with great benefits far above the private sector all provided by our taxed dollars. Can we all get one of these jobs?

Bill Flanagan


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