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Want an extra day off? Try creating a petition.

Federal employees have taken to “We the People,” the White House’s official petition site, asking for Christmas Eve off.

As it stands now, Christmas Eve falls on a Monday and is not an official federal government holiday, so employees would either need to work or use a vacation day.

The petition, signed already by more than 9,000 people, urges President Obama to issue an executive order on the issue. A petition needs 25,000 signatures for an official White House response.

“Federal employees have had a pay freeze for the past several years and the pay and benefits for the federal workforce have been under serious attack during the national elections held this year,” the petition said. “Giving federal employees an extra holiday on December 24th, 2012 would be a good gesture to improve morale of the federal workforce.”

  • Elle

    I am a contracted employee without benefits who has looked for a full time job for two years. I am blessed to be finally be working albeit a job without benefits, I and will not get paid for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Any federal employee who is petitioning for Christmas Eve to be a federal holiday is selfish. Take a vacation day or a day without pay and be happy. Please realize how blessed you are to have a federal job with benefits, paid holidays, sick days and paid vacation days.

    • Elle

      I am a contracted employee without benefits who has looked for a full
      time job for two years. I am blessed to finally be working albeit a
      job without benefits, and I will not get paid for Christmas Eve or
      Christmas Day. Any federal employee who is petitioning for Christmas Eve
      to be a federal holiday is selfish. Take a vacation day or a day
      without pay and be happy. Please realize how blessed you are to have a
      federal job with benefits, paid holidays, sick days and paid vacation
      days.

    • http://www.facebook.com/janie.r.williams.3 Janie R. Williams

      As a Federal employee I am tired of being judged by contractors. While I am sorry that you have no benefits and were unemployed for a length of time, it is not at the hands of the Federal workforce. While I have not signed the petition to make Christmas Eve a paid holiday (I am taking leave), I understand my associates appeal. Just as you were unemployed for a length of time, many of us are supporting aging parents on salaries that have remained stagnant for nearly 3 years. We are also helping or supporting siblings and children who remain unemployed for even longer than you have been, on these stagnant salaries. A good number of us, during this period of stagnant pay, have seen our daily commutes increase 300% or more, due to our agencies relocating to other areas. Your Federal workforce is committed to defending and protecting our nation, our President, our population, and supporting our military. Whether our Federal workforce petitions for a day off, is something that can only be judged by someone who has walked in our shoes. So until you do, and you are more than welcome to join our forces if you have the same commitment, please refrain from judging the Federal employee. We are not selfish, we remain committed to this Nation, despite all else.

      • EntropyMan

        Agreed. At my local municipality, we have not seen any cost of living increases, raises, etc in over 4 years. Our medical has skyrocketed and I live paycheck to paycheck. Also, we are here every single day, rain, sleet or snow to serve a public who thinks that since “they pay for my salary” they have the right to be rude, demanding and insulting. They have no idea how hard we work to try and keep property taxes low, all functions running and am willing to help anyone who walks in our door. I am not asking for a paid day off on Monday, I simply want the OPTION to take it off. Since it is not a holiday I have to come to work on Christmas Eve and work all day even though there will be zero people here at the courthouse. I would gladly use a day of vacation time to be home with my family.