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If the state can’t pay its workers on Friday, will you show up to work?

Response Percent Votes
41% 256
35% 220
I work in the private sector
23% 147
Total 623


Alia Ahmed 8 years, 11 months ago

I am surprised by the % of people who say they won't show up on Friday if they don't get paid. I work for the university (taking a planned day off today) but obviously believe I'll eventually get paid even if it doesn't happen this Friday. I hope Governor Sebelius doesn't cave into the political blackmail being perpetrated by the legislature. Obviously, it will mean a hardship for me if I don't get my check on Friday, but I sure don't want this political grandstanding by the legislature to be rewarded.

Shane Garrett 8 years, 11 months ago

Nope not me I am Mad as Hades! And I will not play nice. Also temporary certificates issued in prior years were also only allowed when there was already a balanced budget. It is unconsitutional for the State of Kansas to deficit spend, period. Even if the Certificates were allowed, a case would be taken immediately and an injunction issued and the matter would then be tied up in the courts. Balance the dang budget Sebelius, that is your job.

Katherine Greene 8 years, 11 months ago

As a state employee, I wonder if they will pay our health insurance premiums, even if they don't pay us. I'd hate to lose my health insurance over this.

trinity 8 years, 11 months ago

why would i be dismissed if i decided to take a "sick" day on friday or monday? hah-if i'm not getting my paycheck for work i've already performed (plus 2 more weeks worth of work, time will go in on friday for), i AM feeling rather sickly. i'd rather be home watching my dish network while it's still on. ;)

and yes-i am one of the thousands of state employees.

DMH1983 8 years, 11 months ago

I will go to work because I believe I will eventually get paid or laid off so I can collect unemployment. I will not be fired for no showing.

deskboy04 8 years, 11 months ago

I think that we should all be understanding. The right wingers are using their power to make the governor do what them want her to.

jayhawkox 8 years, 11 months ago

As one of those state employees, I certainly hope that if I don't get paid on Friday not a single one of those idiots in Topeka has the gall to pay themselves. I'll be on a business trip anyway, so I'll have to be at work on Friday, but the next week may be a different issue. The government's job is to protect its constituents, and as an employer it is to pay its workers in exchange for services performed. Clearly, the Kansas State Legislature is failing at both. Now stop play silly games with each other and get me paid!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 11 months ago

"Wouldn't not showing up be adequate grounds for dismissal"

Yeah, but talk about politically incorrect moves... Firing those people would be rediculous.

Besides, this is best done as the "Blue Flu". Like when the law prohibits cops from striking in labor disputes. They don't strike, they just all call in sick. Every one of them.

xfactor 8 years, 11 months ago

In this economy I wouldn't take the risk of an unexcused absence.

think_about_it 8 years, 11 months ago

I find it amazing that almost 300 state employees have already responded to this poll. It has only been up for a very short time. Don't you people have some work to do?

jonas_opines 8 years, 11 months ago

Whether I get paid or not, my kids will show up for class expecting me to be there. If I have a day off they'll have to come on the Friday before Spring Break, and I will get lynched.

workinghard 8 years, 11 months ago

Careful think, there is such a thing as karma, and they do get breaks at work. Wait until the employees that don't have access to a computer at work get off. I know many that work the evening and night shift. How do you know that these people are actually not off duty?

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 11 months ago

no, wait I work at home darn guess I have to show up.

cthulhu_4_president 8 years, 11 months ago

think about it: you obviously didn't do that very hard before posting.

jbaby0687 8 years, 11 months ago

I am a student who works on campus. I was surprised by the amount of people who wouldn't show up for work too. If we didn't get paid on Friday we will get the money another day. Is it that big of a deal? You show up 9 out of 10 week days not expecting to be paid on that day.

9070811 8 years, 11 months ago

Actually, Kathy is being politically blackmailed. She doesn't wish to remove edu funds. Although, they are misused (in my opinion), regarding flatscreens, new fields. Rumor is that a coal plant is tucked in that bill, which she is against. I understand if she votes on account of the environment, and quite frankly long term jobs can be created for alt. energy uses.
The payroll money is there, it is just in a different fund that the gop senate will not (allow to) transfer until she signs their version of the bill.

staff04 8 years, 11 months ago

Who do contract employees sue for breach of contract?

jayhawker2008 8 years, 11 months ago

@jonas_opines - It's really ok if professors don't show up for class- we don't care, honest!

jonas_opines 8 years, 11 months ago

Too late Madmike, as I'm absolutely willing to bet that you have been brainwashing them since they were old enough to think at all. But I simply use class to present facts, the students are free to interpret as they will.

(you probably can't comprehend that at all, can you?)

But don't worry, my class content deals with Asia, which is not America, so I doubt you'd let them attend my class anyway.

jonas_opines 8 years, 11 months ago

jayhawker: Fridays, that's too true. Even worse, my classes MWF are at 2 and 3.

(not a professor, just a GTA)

Super54 8 years, 11 months ago

How would the people in the Legislature like to go home to their families and tell their children "Sorry you don't get to eat this week because of blackmail politics." We are already struggling to keep the standards of Ku going with the layoffs. The people that is left to keep the bldgs clean (like restrooms and classrooms) are already wore out. So to be told you aren't getting a paycheck is a real slap in the face. This isn't only affecting Ku. It also affects all state workers in Kansas. Road workers, highway patrolmen who patrol our highways, etc. So it is all politics at the working peoples expense.

JoRight 8 years, 11 months ago

I don't think it's necessarily people worried about not getting paid, I think it's just the premise of not getting paid on time. Don't pay the credit card company on time? Get penalized. Don't pay your mortgage on time? Get penalized. . .all of which show up on your personal credit history.

State doesn't pay on time? There has to be some sort of consequence for this type of behavior.

bevy 8 years, 11 months ago

Yes I will be at work - because my work has to be done, and I won't be penalized for a no-show day. Will I be happy if I don't get paid - NO! Have I already expressed my displeasure to my elected representatives - YES!

What more can I do?

captain 8 years, 11 months ago


I am wondering how you manage to make ends meet on your student salary? I would say it would be pretty much impossible to pay your tuition and your daily living expenses off of that alone. If you are somehow managing to do that perhaps you should go directly to our state leaders and teach them how. If not, and I suspect that is the case, maybe you should get off your high horse and stop criticizing people about getting upset when the pay they work for and expect is held up in a political blackmail scheme. You see, in the real world, people have bills they are expected to pay by a certain date and not getting an expected and earned paycheck makes those bills difficult to pay. I think a few days in the real world without financial aid or mommy and daddy's credit cards should teach you that.

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