Thoughts on the fire in the GEF 1 building and the aftermath

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Warning to SENSITIVE readers:
Contains swear words.

By now everybody has heard that about one thousand State of Wisconsin workers were displaced by a fire in the GEF 1 building just off the Capitol square. I’m late to comment on it but – well – I have a few thoughts on the matter.

1) Doesn’t hurt Walker campaign contributors

First things first, it bugged me that I didn’t catch what sort of work was normally done by the workers.

They work for the Department of Workforce Development and the Department of Children and Families. Uh oh.

Any delay in getting them back to work hurts poor women in Wisconsin and their children. Also, such a delay hurts people who are needing unemployment compensation.

If this Channel3000 piece is correct, DOA delivered 2,000 boxes to alternate work sites Tuesday and got the ball rolling again.

This situation is exactly the sort of thing Walker’s “Care Too Much” administration could manipulate to shrink social services some more. It’s worrying.

2) It’s the Wisconsin DOA

Wasn’t it DOA that was so busy changing the Capitol building rules over and over so they could be sure they were putting the screws to singers? Wisconsin DOA sure knows how to crack down on FOLK SINGING but …
Basically, if DOA is indeed finding sites for all the displaced workers, it will be a new refreshing demonstration of pragmatism.

3) Way to mess up worker vacation plans, Walker

“DOA has told the workers who can’t get their usual tasks done to either take vacation/personal holiday time/sabbatical/accrued comp time or else take time off without pay.”

If it were an itty bitty company we were looking at, well, that’s one thing. But this is another. The employer is one of these 50 great United States. Why be an asshole and ruin vacations and trips to summer weddings and family renunions and such if you don’t have to?

4) Loose lips sink state jobs

Dee Hall of W.S.Journal reports that, “All of the employees who contacted the newspaper declined to be named, saying they feared disciplinary action or termination for speaking without authorization.”

Who can blame them for keeping their mouths shut? If they open ’em they might blurt out something completely true like, “Scott Walker is an asshole!”

5) Top Ten Signs Your Governor Is An Asshole

Did I say “asshole” back there? Well, yes. Yes I did.

As you may remember, Walker read this “top ten ways to tell if you might be a member of a public-sector union” list as a little joke to put “his staff at ease” during the 2011 protests.

Notice that #10 says “You take a week off to protest in Wisconsin and your office runs better”. Is that what he’s privately saying about this fire?

It’s an embarrassment and a disgrace that Wisconsin ever had to see this from Her top executive.

The thousand GEF 1 workers are Wisconsinites. They’re OUR workers. They are not a joke. I hope they’re back on track helping the people that need them.

Walker’s list to put everybody “at ease”:

10.) You take a week off to protest in Wisconsin and your office runs better.

9.) On a snow day when they say “non-essential” people should stay home you know who they mean.

8.) You get paid twice as much as a private sector person doing the same job but make up the difference by doing half as much work.

7.) It takes longer to fire you than the average killer spends on death row.

6.) The worse you do your job, the more your boss avoids you.

5.) You think the French are working themselves to death.

4.) You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe.

3.) You spend more time at protest marches than at church.

2.) You have a Democratic congressman’s lips permanently attached to your butt.

1.) You pay more in union dues than you do for your health care insurance.


3 thoughts on “Thoughts on the fire in the GEF 1 building and the aftermath

  1. speaking as a displaced GEF 1 worker: get bent

    1.) Scott walker has nothing to do with this. I didn’t vote for him (either time), but taking an event like this and putting his name anywhere near it is just dumb. The fire was a significant accident that nobody could’ve seen coming and from what I’ve seen everybody involved is doing their best to keep things rolling as smoothly as possible with the significant infrastructure changes we’re dealing with.
    2.) I’ve not heard of DOA changing rules in the capitol, but I did walk through there a couple of times prior to the fire and there were people protesting by singing. They were too loud to be anything but a nuisance, maybe that’s what DOA changed the rules for.
    3.) I have yet to hear of any confirmed incidents of people being required to take comp time or go without pay, but even if that is happening, how is that bad? If you’re not working why should you be paid? Why is it understandable for a small company but not for the state?
    4.) My name is Brian Le Mieux, I work at DCF.
    5.) Again, Walker has nothing to do with this, take your ad hominem attacks and lay down before you hurt yourself.

    • I guess you will receive a one of those salary bumps for your support, just like the other toadies! Meanwhile thousands of your fellow state workers get zip! My names Ken Pickett and worked for DOC for 36 yrs.

    • 1 Nobody could have foreseen the fire? Why then do we have fire insurance, fire fighters, safety inspections. And whose Responsibility are these safety inspections? I’ll give you a hint – DOA.
      3(a) Large business and governments should have what are called contingency plans. In the first case, to insure profits to the investors, in the other case to insure services continue to flow to the public. Many of these services may make the difference between life and death.
      Many small businesses do not have the resources to execute a contingency plan, even if they have one.
      3(b) Also I noticed by your comment that you are still on the payroll – perhaps if you weren’t you would be more sympathetic to the plight of others.

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