Reyer: Colleagues' disrespect for civil servants irks spouse

  • Article by: LIZ REYER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2013 - 8:47 AM

Q: Making racial, ethnic or gender slurs where I work is unacceptable, but apparently government employees are fair game for all manner of ridicule. This troubles me as my spouse and the vast majority of his colleagues are very hardworking public employees. Any suggestions for how to deal with my stereotyping colleagues on this issue?

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Fair ViewDec. 8, 13 5:54 PM

This is a tough one. There are some good civil servants, but expect the public sector to continue to be critical as long as there continues to be a lack of accountability for civil servants. Public sector is held to a higher standard and this is a normal reaction. Maybe it is the cost of having a spouse with a pension and a lot of vacation time....

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chablis28Dec. 9, 13 8:04 AM

She is hearing criticism of government worker benifits and taking it personally is my guess. No one is saying government workers are lazy. Many of us though do feel they're overpaid relative to proivate sector workers and thier retirement benifits are too expensive for the taxpayer and outdated for the 21st century workforce. Virtually no one in the private sectors retires before age 65 or has a guaranteed income stream regardless of the stock market and the investments supporting that retirement income. Government employee pay and benifits have become a massive burden on the individal taxpayer. To point this out is not a personal insult to the government worker. Unlike other jobs, the taxpayer has a vested interest and right to complain bout these unfair and expensive benifits coming directly out of our pockets. We're trying to save for our hopeful but not guranteed retirement too.

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