Payrolls down but payouts up

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 31, 2012 - 9:46 PM

Counties and cities are coping with the rising cost of paying departing employees for unused sick and vacation time.

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lpkrogersApr. 1, 12 9:25 AM

"A union official defended the compensation as an appropriate reward for "highly productive long-term employees" that is much less generous than the multimillion-dollar packages some receive in the corporate world". The difference being that this is available to all County Employees, not just high level executives as in the corporate world. Either there needs to be a finite number of days that are used or lost each year, or a cap on the number of sick days that can accumulate over a career. Sick leave isn't intended to be a benefit or reward, but a safety net for short-term illness. Ridiculous.

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grumpy42Apr. 1, 12 9:29 AM

IMO- If these monies were paid out as a result of collective bargaining they should be be paid. While I am not a "union person per se" if the county makes a contract with people through the union they should be obligated to pay. When the contract ends they have an opportunity to change the policy. This does not have to be an enduring problem.

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samiamApr. 1, 1210:29 AM

I wonder how many of these "payouts" are to executive level employees like the one featured in the article and not the union rank and file. It would have been interesting to break down the numbers a little more. If nothing else this pales in comparison to severance bonuses given executives in the private sector.

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oldmotorheadApr. 1, 1211:12 AM

How about cutting Drazkowski's and his buddies benefits; especially when they go into extended sessions like last year because they are to too stubborn to compromise!!

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dumpstrib3Apr. 1, 12 9:44 PM

kpkrogers: The number of hours you can accrue are capped as per contract guidelines. This guy had 38 years into this.

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reader2580Apr. 2, 12 8:33 AM

I don't believe government is required to compensate employees for unused sick time unless contracts mandate it. I believe vacation is required to be paid out at termination, but why isn't there a cap on accrued vacation days? Many private employers now have a paid time off policy that lumps all paid days off into one category. These PTO days usually expire at the end of the year or a small amount can be carried over.

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mitchcrystalApr. 4, 12 4:52 AM

Fifty bucks a week for not calling in sick - I think it's very fair - probably saved a lot more on overtime for not having to call others in to work for him. Add up your own sick days and times it by 38 years - it's probably a lot more $$ !

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