Criticism of Social Security workers is unwarranted

March 11, 2011

As a longtime Social Security Administration employee, I consider the letter sent to your paper by Gregory Prush ("Social Security employees deserve a pay cut or two," March 9) an affront to the many dedicated and loyal SSA employees who ensure on a daily basis that millions of qualified U.S. citizens receive their Social Security retirement and disability benefits in a timely manner.

Mr. Prush presented a completely distorted picture of the agency and its workers. At no time in my career have I encountered anyone taking a 2-hour lunch or anything close, nor anyone sleeping at their desk. Because of limitations on SSA computers, watching movies, playing games, etc. can result in suspension or removal.

I am not denying that the agency has some individuals who are less than professional, but I challenge Mr. Prush to name one business, private or government, that doesn't have some slackers. On a daily basis, the overwhelming majority of SSA employees come to work to do their job, do it well, and do so in a very professional manner.

For Mr. Prush to suggest otherwise is a complete falsehood. To paint such a negative picture of thousands of SSA employees he has never encountered in SSA offices he has never entered is beyond the scope of reason. I also challenge Mr. Prush to prove his comment that pay is double the private sector equivalent.

For the record, I am neither a union nor a management shill but a proud SSA employee.

Gregory A. Simmons, Windsor Mill

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