March 03, 2015

EXPOSED: If you're a public sector employee, you can watch six hours of PORN a day and not get fired

Rebel Staff

Good luck getting away with this in the private sector.

The civil servant protection system is preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from firing an employee who is accused of watching porn up to 6 hours a day at work since 2010.

CBS News reports that despite finding 7,000 pornographic files on his computer and even caught him watching porn, the employee remains on the payroll.

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy blamed the administrative process at a Congressional hearing for being unable to fire the employee.

The process preventing the employee from being fired is the civil servant protection system, which is meant to prevent politically motivated firings, but allows employees to appeal a termination.

Worst of all, this process can take two years.

Public Service president and CEO Max Stier told CBS the rules make it near impossible to fire problematic employees.

“Many managers would like to get rid of problem employees and find that they have to go through a challenging process,” he said.

CBS News also analyzed cases under review by the Merit System Protection Board and found other instances of employees who, despite committing fireable offenses, were reinstated to their jobs with back pay and interest.

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commented 2015-03-04 23:03:16 -0500
In the case of the employee terminated for not fulfilling the job duties (watching porn) it should be sufficient to prove that the termination is not politically motivated, which the porn files and the whiteness prove it already. That will remove the paid services to appeal the termination.
In case the appeal to termination is provided regardless the cause, this is an abuse and the policy should be amended.
The civil servant protection system should be balanced by the civil servant (or public employee) act which should list the duties, accountability, responsibilities and penalties. Without these being very well clarified, it is possible for the employees to take over the institutions.
commented 2015-03-04 20:52:43 -0500
I started work with the BC Forest Service back in 1968. Back then, there was no BCGEU. We worked 8hr. days for poor wages (monthly salary $342, that was low even back then) and no overtime. We had to put the overtime in, mind you, we just didn’t get paid for it. There was kind of an unofficial policy of taking time off as flex, but at straight time; one hour for one hour. That’s if you didn’t accumulate too much overtime. In a really bad forest fire season, you might accumulate so much overtime that if you were allowed to take it all off, you’d be gone the rest of the year – the work still had to be done. And we actually did the work back then (surveys, mapping, logging plans, reforestation, etc.), not just monitoring forest companies to make sure they did it right. And you know why we worked those long hours for such poor wages? Because we LOVED it! We loved the work! It was the first job I ever had where I actually looked forward to coming to work Monday mornings. I could have gone logging for a lot more money if I wanted, but the work wouldn’t have been nearly as varied and interesting (not to mention that logging was physically much harder). And you could actually fire people back then. My first boss fired three people back then while I was working for him, because they were lazy bastards. Try that in the BC Government now.

But then the NDP Barrett Government was elected. Everything changed. We got bargaining right and started getting all kinds of perks; higher wages, shorter hours, time and a half a double time, etc., etc., etc. I confess, I dank the Kool-Aid like everybody else. I was happy to get more money and shorter days. But the nature of the job changed. We now, collectively, began to ask “What’s in it for me?”. It was no longer about pride in a job well done, it became about “my rights” and “they owe me”. The rhetoric from the union bosses were very convincing, and we were willingly convinced. There’s something in the human spirit that dies when we start to get something for nothing. We (or at least) develop an entitlement mentality, so gradual that you don’t realize it’s happening. But the real tragedy from my perspective is the work stops being fun.
commented 2015-03-04 18:53:44 -0500
What are other peoples’ experiences? I have worked in both private and public sector jobs. The best boss I ever had was Bruce Lee, the Principal at Burnhamthorpe Collegiate in the early nineties. He looked after his teachers who then felt secure enough and appreciated enough that they were happy to do what ever they could to look after the students. That school was the workplace I am the most proud to have been associated with.

I also enjoyed working for Heinz Schultz at Heinzcraft Custom Cabinets and Rick Andrews at Ontario Honda. Both very professional, perceptive, hardworking individuals who ran private businesses with which I am also proud to be associated.

There are numerous private and public workplaces I do not mention since I do not wish to be associated with them. The important factor seems to be having someone in charge who runs the place with effort, integrity and respect. Let’s identify and promote these virtues. Let’s honour them whenever and wherever we find them.
commented 2015-03-04 15:35:22 -0500
Well it’s a good thing he wasn’t fired! I mean, what job would the poor guy be eligible for after that came to light?

But wait a minute….was it was kiddy-porn he was watching! Hey! He could always get a job up here in Ontario as a Deputy Minister of Education! Right! Designing Ontario’s sex-education curriculum for elementary kiddies! Ya, that’s it!
commented 2015-03-03 21:43:46 -0500
hahahaha!!! why is it that the anti-Ezra are trying to mingle here! at the end of the day they like your story Ezra!
commented 2015-03-03 21:28:01 -0500
This is a topic that I’m obsessive about because I really believe that dysfunctional bureaucracy is robbing us and in some instances even killing us. Having moved from the private sector to the public sector part way through my career and having spent many years in public sector organizations (I recently escaped), I am still reeling from what I saw there. We need to know more about it before it bleeds us dry. This guy who watched porn for 6 hours isn’t that unusual. Trouble is, in Canada, it’s another one of those taboo topics and very little is reported about it. I get that simply presenting to a story from another media outlet doesn’t provide the same engaging punch as the video commentaries by Rebel journalists but I’m hoping it’s the start of some more innovative coverage of this topic.
commented 2015-03-03 21:27:41 -0500
Oh man are you serious John Galt? I think your underwear my be too tight – try a different brand and take a chill pill while you’re at it…
commented 2015-03-03 20:12:17 -0500
I agree with John Galt below. Why doesn’t the Rebel staff take a look at what I’ve pointed out on your facebook page regarding crude oil prices vs current gas prices. I’ve added 2 charts on “TheRebel” facebook page that clearly shows Canadian consumers are getting screwed at the pumps. That’s a story I’m interested in, not what some U.S. government employee pervert is up to.
“There is a consistent gap between crude oil and gas prices, which then narrows, then overlaps and spreads in the wrong direction. According to my grade 10 math, the way the crude oil/gas prices sit as of now, if crude went back up to $100 a barrel, gas cost per liter wound be $2-2.20.”
commented 2015-03-03 17:29:56 -0500
I’m happy with stories like this and anything else not normally covered by mainstream press. It’s a symptom of why our government is so expensive. The Rebel staff have done amazingly well, given the short time they’ve had to build this site. Please keep it up!
commented 2015-03-03 16:41:29 -0500
A simple test to determine if someone is a zombie in a suit, if the government didn’t exist would someone pay them to provide their service. -——- EPA Administrator???
commented 2015-03-03 16:37:20 -0500
slow news day, rebel staff? a lot of us contributed our hard earned dollars to this enterprise that promised to deliver a real alternative to the mainstream media. i think most of us were expecting a canadian perspective too. one week later and we’re getting reheated stories from CBS news on the US? the post before this was a re-post of an ezra monologue from last week? and the post before that was a “hot take” from ezra on a US story covered wall to wall by every american outlet. let’s have more signal and less noise, rebels!

i’m still behind you 100%, but sometimes we all need some straight talk. best wishes, Freedom fighters!
commented 2015-03-03 16:16:01 -0500
Hmmm, porn, you say? Virtual? I mean, who does the cleaning?