Eliminate All Overtime in the Public Sector
We’ve probably all heard of the coordinated sick/overtime scam. I call in sick one day this week so Joe gets to come in on overtime. Next week, Joe calls in sick and I come in on overtime. Now multiply by X.
Add to that the nonsense that Justin brings to our attention of elected officials in Tiverton who irresponsibly signed a contract which fails to specify that employees stagger their vacations so as to keep manning requirements at reasonable levels.
Readers are encouraged to append their own examples of systematic or contractual overtime abuse.
How much of the overtime paid out, say, over the last ten years, was really necessary? And what has been the cost?
Enough. End overtime in the public sector. As we listen to the gasps of horror from certain quarters at the mere suggestion, keep in mind that workers would not be “paid in apples”, as Justin phrased it, for anything beyond forty hours but his or her regular hourly rate.