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Old 04-13-2020, 12:37 PM
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Essential Here... was giving paperwork from SECDEF to put in my vehicle 2 weeks ago...

I support a DOD Site as a contractor
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Old 04-13-2020, 12:51 PM
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Spring outage season is half done so I'm starting my travels for plant tuning and testing to make sure the power plants meet their target summer output levels. That way the grid keeps working and everyone working from home has lights, AC, TVs, and computers.

My company controls 10% of the US natural gas flow and 10% of the US electricity flow in the country. We have multiple power plants with black start capabilities that operate on 2 separate grids at a time. So we can start up 4 of the different grids in the US from complete power blackouts. When we stop being considered essential, S really has HTF.

I specifically chose this line of work after being laid off from a manufacturing plant in college. I looked for an industry that I thought would be last to go down. This event gives everyone in the country a glimpse at what is considered essential and which industries go down first. Now is the time for some career introspection for millions of people.
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Old 04-13-2020, 12:55 PM
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Spring outage season is half done so I'm starting my travels for plant tuning and testing to make sure the power plants meet their target summer output levels. That way the grid keeps working and everyone working from home has lights, AC, TVs, and computers.

My company controls 10% of the US natural gas flow and 10% of the US electricity flow in the country. We have multiple power plants with black start capabilities that operate on 2 separate grids at a time. So we can up 4 of the different grids in the US from complete power blackouts. When we stop being considered essential, S really has HTF.

I specifically chose this line of work after being laid off from a manufacturing plant in college. I looked for an industry that I thought would be last to go down.
Which is exactly WHY I bought a wood stove!
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Old 04-13-2020, 12:56 PM
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Broadcast Engineer supporting two TV stations.
The Fed's consider us important.
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Old 04-13-2020, 02:06 PM
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Working more now than before the "pandemic". Gotta make hay while the sun is shining
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Old 04-13-2020, 02:51 PM
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I say you’re essential. Not sure if there is ever an essential govt employee. They cause chaos so they can put on their monkey suits to act like they are doing something. To many department bureau employees around.
You might need to adjust your definition there.

Need an ambulance or fire truck? Govt employee answers the phone and sends the help.

The ems crew that treats you and takes you to the hospital? Govt employees.

Want the road you drive on to be in good condition? How about the grocery store scale charging you the correct amount? The gas pump delivering all the fuel you paid for? All govt employees.

Want the sewer to work? How about the streets plowed in the winter? Those damn govt employees again.

I get that to some a govt worker is a suit and tie in Washington, but 99% are actually local people doing local work everyday.
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I am in an essential industry but mostly work from home. I had to meet with clients last week. I can't say much about where we met or why we met or it would be easy to look me up on the internet but I will say that it was very weird, we had to wear masks, gloves, sign a legal waiver, were limited to a two hour meeting and go through a bunch of other hoops to meet. I have had to turn away a few new clients in the past week who wanted to meet because 1. I don't have childcare and my coparent is also in an another essential industry 2. I want to limit the number of people I am meeting with to clients who absolutely HAVE to meet due to deadlines rather than risk exposure to take on clients who aren't really facing deadlines.
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Old 04-13-2020, 03:54 PM
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My son is essential as a gear cutter for a big machine shop. They work 4 ten hour days, off Friday.

I skipped work today since I knew I would have to stand outside in a pouring rain before I'd get my temperature taken, I have 4 days left and I'm OUT for good. Called in and my boss said he stood outside for 25 minutes.
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Old 04-13-2020, 06:20 PM
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I'm a supervisor for a legacy airline here in the US. I'm considered "essential" for some stupid reason.
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Old 04-13-2020, 07:40 PM
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Yes & no. I work for a company deemed essential. I’ll be one of those people all suited up to screen incoming workers. They keeping pushing back the start date for us... this is now dragging on into week 2, waiting for them tell me to report “6am tomorrow”. I check my email for the last time at 9pm local time. If you didn’t get to me by then, ToughS I won’t be there.
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I am absolutely not essential. And yet I'm still working.
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Essential or important?
I m sorta important

But I’m bored and ready to go back to my normal schedule.
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Old 04-13-2020, 07:59 PM
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Essential. NADA used there lobbying might to convince Homeland security that auto dealers are essential. Well Joe Q public ain't bringing their cars in for repairs I can say that much. Maybe essential but right now it's unnecessary.
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Old 04-13-2020, 08:04 PM
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I work in the petrochemical industry, still going to work everyday.

My wife is in education and has been off for a month.
My wife is a primary level special needs teacher, they're still getting paid and doing basically busy work from home.
The district put together some pretty good packets for the reg ed students to work on at home that go out each week, but how do Special Needs kids work from home? Each kid's IEP (Individual Education Plan) differs, and so do their abilities, level of function, etc... impossible.
Esp since many of the parents are woefully unequipped to handle these kids education needs, if they're even at home with them during the day.

She's really worried about her kids, and as usual gets limited feedback from most of their parents. It's not her forte to be concerned about herself, so she struggles.
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Old 04-14-2020, 06:17 AM
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Figured I'd get up early this morning and sign onto the company portal to record any symptoms I may have. Gave it a go at 6... followed the directions on the 8-page handout, email, password... NG. Tried the cell phone (which is registered) option, still NG. Even re-booted my PC, tried it again, still NG.

So I call my boss, he said just drive up and they will ask a few questions, scan my forehead and that was it. I never got out of the car, they never asked my employee number, the security gates were all open. The lady taking the temperature, she all but climbed thru the window to take my temperature...
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Essential Here... was giving paperwork from SECDEF to put in my vehicle 2 weeks ago...

I support a DOD Site as a contractor
Same here, although they currently have us teleworking. Keeping the paperwork in my purse, though.
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Old 04-14-2020, 10:25 AM
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KS, my husband had, and I assisted (in HS) a visual education teacher. I used to help him translate print to braille (my braille is terrible), etc. He made it possible for the blind student to navigate the sighted world. BUT that was 30 years ago I don't know if they are doing it these days or just throwing a teched-up computer at the kid and saying "good luck".

And I was "cool" with blind guys by the time I met my husband, he kept remarking on that. My teacher assistant gig got me married.
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Three sons all "Essential" and working from home.
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You might need to adjust your definition there.

Need an ambulance or fire truck? Govt employee answers the phone and sends the help.
The military? Yuppers.....gov't employees. Don't think we'll be outsourcing national defense to Blackwater anytime soon.
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