Hill Air Force Base employees protest government shutdown

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  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Oct. 3, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    All I can say to the government workers is, well..... welcome to the reality the economy and what many others have been through. My husband was out of work for 5 months. He is highly educated and well skilled. Due to Obamacare many employers are not willing to hire directly and have been using contract positions to fill any needed employment. My very worried kids can hardly sleep at night. I've had to not grocery shop for weeks and make do with what is on the shelves. We have had to purchase our own health insurance since contracted employment positions don't pay health benefits. What do you do when you are out of money? Do you go on a shopping spree or do you figure out how to do with what you have? Its time the government stops spending more than they have. Maybe its time for us all to take a look at ourselves, realize how blessed we are and maybe try to stifle our greed and envy.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Oct. 2, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    So basically what they are saying is that they want others to be demoted to part-time and have their insurance premiums go up as much as 70% so they can have their full time job? No way!

  • goodnight-goodluck S.L.C., UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    They should be camping in the officer of their Senators, and Congressional Representatives!
    Protesting at the gates to the base seems much like singing to the choir.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Tell it to Rob Bishop. Go to his office, call him, send letters and e-mails. Get others. Maybe he will eventually listen to his constituents rather than the Tea Party which works against Bishop's constitutents.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    I have to laugh at the union on Hill AFB. They will fight tooth and nail for those who sleep on the job, show up late for work everyday and then leave early or take 1 1/2 hours for lunch when they are authorized 1/2 hour. Their real protest is that they cannot sit around and do nothing all day and then work overtime. Trust me when I say that most of these people live for the overtime they are getting for not doing their job on regular time.

  • Hochmut West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Like in the past, it will come out later that we will pay most of the Federal workers that have been furloughed after this is all settle; So we pay them to sit home? Why not just let them work and pay them later for the work when this is settled?

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    To all Federal Workers that have enjoyed their bullet proof enviorment. Now you know how many of us in the private sector feel since the King wqas elected to office.Sone of us have been on furlough for 4+ years.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Oct. 2, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    A law needs to be passed that mandates furlough status on the entire U.S. House and U.S. Senate ANYTIME there is a government shutdown.

    I hold one man accountable for this one, and it is our Imperial Leader King Obama. Worst President in U.S. history. Period.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    repub candidates elected in 2010 and 2012 promised to shut down the government.

    They delivered.

    Why protest?

    Voters received exactly what they voted for...

    On the other hand...

    Maybe don't vote next time for these or similar repub anarchists...

    Who knows?

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    Kinda ironic that unemployment and foodstamp checks are still going out, but many who do a decent job won't be getting a check this time around. Seems like our priorities are outta whack. I don't understand what sort of message they're trying to send, when the majority of people who drain the government of resources feel absolutely no impact, while those who provide quality civil service are punished... It's been 3 years with a pay-freeze, the sequestration that caused a 20% pay cut for at least 6 weeks just this summer, and now this. Stop beating up the wrong people and either support our elected officials or get new ones.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    They now an count on Senator Lee and his squadron of tea party congressman to be totally ineffective due to recent political shenanigans.

  • Let's Agree to Disagree Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 1, 2013 11:30 p.m.

    That is tough, but those of us in the private sector have seen LOTS of layoffs, furloughs, cut salaries, and high unemployment over the past few years. This issue is bigger than hundreds of thousands of government workers it is about millions of citizens and how there employment and healthcare will be changed by this law.

    Before to cheer for Obamacare, do you honestly not know anyone who has been told when the employer mandate kicks in that their hours will be limited to 29? Do you honestly not know anyone whose premiums are about to become unaffordable?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 1, 2013 11:22 p.m.

    Don't believe everything a union tells you.

    Congressman Bishop (and every Utah Republican Congressman and Senator) voted FOR three versions of a continuing resolution which would have funded the workers at Hill and the IRS. Today Bishop voted for another one specifically to fund DOD and several others for other departments.

    EVERY ONE of the first three was rejected by Harry Reid and his Democrats in the Senate. The DOD and other department specific versions today were blocked by Democrat Nancy Pelosi and Democrats in the House. Democrat Jimmy Matheson has really been scared by Mia Love's campaign, and managed to get permission from Pelosi to vote with the Republicans to pass all of these continuing resolutions.

    Yes, Bishop has been collecting government checks since the 1970s, as a Brigham City High School TEACHER, and concurrently as an elected member of the Utah Legislature until 2002. He is now in his sixth term in Congress. In my opinion he has done a superb job and earned every dollar he was paid.

    AFGE is a government employee union, which was deeply committed to the Obama campaign, and the local members are being used as props to push a national agenda.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 1, 2013 10:57 p.m.

    With the funding of Obama vacations, and IRS conferences:

    * parks, and monuments stay open.
    * many uninsured Americans get insured.
    * White House tours continue

    We've been scammed!

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Oct. 1, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    Your congressman is Rob Bishop, who has been collecting a government paycheck since the 1970's, and he supports smaller government.