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September 30, 2013
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Letter: Government shutdown: What's the point?

What does it really mean?

Possible government shutdown? I went through two previous “government shutdowns” while working in the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Urgent Care Department. We were told all “non-essential workers” would be laid off; those of us remaining would have to “do their work until they returned.” The first question we all had was “what was a non-essential worker?” The next question was “what does a non-essential worker do?”

We were all nervous with the first “government shutdown” coming. The day before the “shutdown” those “non-essential workers” had sad faces as they left the parking lot. During this “shutdown” nurses in Urgent Care were waiting to be hammered with all the extra work we were told we’d have. No one in UC had any extra work placed on them and to my knowledge there was not a single “essential worker” who had one minute of extra work to do. When the “non-essential workers” returned, they found all their “non-essential work” completed and they all received total back pay without using vacation pay.

When the second shutdown occurred, the “non-essentials” were all laughing, smiling and waving when they drove out of the parking lot. We again had no extra workload, and they all got their pay upon returning.

Will this be a government shutdown or simply politics?

Clyde Blakely


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The News-Review Updated Oct 14, 2013 12:56PM Published Oct 10, 2013 07:20PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.