With the congressional deficit reduction supercommittee getting down to business, federal employees could be facing more threats to their pay and benefits. But hey, it could be worse. In Greece, civil servants have shut down the government in protest of plans to put 30,000 government workers on partial pay -- the latest in a series of austerity measures aimed at responding to the country's severe debt crisis.
The Associated Press reports on the effects of the walkout:
Air traffic controllers joined the 24-hour strike, grounding all flights to and from Greek airports. State hospitals were running on emergency staff, while lawyers, teachers and tax officers also didn't work. Public transport employees were holding work stoppages in the morning and evening, and state television and radio pulled news programs off the air.