Apparently, our city (aka Hogtown, the Big Smoke) is in dire need of cash.
That is actually quite hilarious considering what I have learned today.
What I have learned today is that the city has plenty of cash. So much cash, in fact, that a city worker, who gets called in during an on-call scheduled duty period to work overtime, is paid for four hours of duty time at time-and-a-half. Even if the worker doesn’t put in the whole four hours.
Let me draw you a picture:
Worker reports for regular duty from 7 am – 3 pm. It is understood that there are several union-enforced breaks, and lunch. This translated into the workday being more like 5 or 6 hours, not 8 hours.
Once a month or so each worker puts in so-called on-call duty. For when there are mechanicals out on the roads, for example.
The overtime pay is time-and-a-half and is paid for a minimum of a 4-hour shift.
If the worker does in fact get called, and the work takes, say, 20 minutes, this worker still gets paid time-and-a-half for a 4-hour shift. Even though he never worked the four hours.
This time-and-a-half for a 4-hour shift pay on top of the regular, already inflated salary these people are making, is coming out of the taxpayers’ pocket.
That would be my unemployed, stay-at-home parent pocket.
Interestingly, the worker I happen to know is also an inhabitant of this city. He is a homeowner, and a taxpayer.
If you ask me, this is not only a waste of taxpayers’ money, but also a disgrace.
Funny that this same week we received a notice from the federal government that we are receiving additional child tax credit benefits for having had a second child. The most prominent part of the notice however wasn’t the bottom line, but the middle portion that describes that we are being deducted $90 of the total amount for making over $37,000 (give or take) in family income.
If you know anyone who is living above the poverty line on $37,000 in this city, let me know.