That's easy, they had the foresight to see that times, they were a changing. If you had to carry around a clipboard, a file folder, for 30 plus years, trying to appear busy. It is quite challenging. The paper yellows, tears, and eventually will give you away if you are not careful. To repeat your story about your weekend, seemingly endlessly, is a challenge to keep it fresh. As we said, Bob worked harder, spent more energy avoiding work, than if he just relented and did the task at hand. And remember the best of all, older fed employees avoided being part of that ponzi scheme (aka Social Security). Finally, I get into this argument with Union people ALL day. Most can't believe it, because Obummer was such a skillful liar. FEDERAL WORKERS ARE NOT PART OF OBAMA'S GIGANTIC, SCALE BUSTING, GAZILLION PAGE HEALTHCARE REFORM. Like the Senate & House, they have their own caddilac health plans, whose cost won't appear on their W-2. The bill, we of course pay for. Maybe we'll get a deduction for this expense?
Just like the CEO signed a contract to receive 100 million a year, and retire in 5 years with a 25 million signing and 5.6 million per year for the rest of his life,
Middle Class workers signed employment contracts also.
Because they're 'special'...NOT. Decades ago, when they were paid below scale, everyone accepted their early retirement and benefits, but since their salaries have become above scale and recently 2 times scale there is no reason for their early retirement and/or pompous benefits.
Thus the major reason for abolishing all unions...
So you want to change the rules every time there is an economic downturn? Granted, there is some abuse by the political worker types, but most just work regular jobs for the government like people in the private sector. I agree that the government is bloated and should be downsized. Some agencies are not needed and are a waste of money. What about the millions paid to entertainers, CEO's, hedge fund managers, bankers, and athletics? Do they deserve that kind of pay?