SCI: Paid leave abuse occurred throughout state

TRENTON – Places where paid leave for union business occurred include the Department of Human Services, state and county corrections departments,

TRENTON – Places where paid leave for union business occurred include the Department of Human Services, state and county corrections departments, and in several municipalities throughout the state, including Atlantic City, Bayonne, Brick, Camden, Elizabeth, Jersey City and Lakewood, according to a state report released today.

While a statute was passed in 2006 that required unions to reimburse employers for the costs, it included a loophole in which the statute didn’t have to be followed if another arrangement was made between union officials and local governing bodies, the State Commission of Investigation said.

SCI released a report today that showed the state has lost tens of millions of dollars due to the practice of public workers on paid union leave.

The examples SCI cited showed the abuse occurred all over the state, in numerous towns, school districts and state government departments.

In Newark, where four police officers are paid with taxpayer funds to conduct full-time union business, officials are provided with a city car and a paid gas card, according to SCI. The city has spent some $7.8 million on paid leave for several police and firefighters over a five-year period.

In Brick, a union schools official who has received more than $275,000 over the five-year period also received $1,375 in “perfect attendance” bonus payments. The SCI report pointed out that “the union official receives it even though he devotes all of his work time to union business and has refused to utilize the district’s electronic time keeping system.”

A similar case was found in the school district of Elizabeth, where officials doing full-time union business were receiving “attendance incentive compensations” of $1,000 a year if they didn’t have any absences. 

Earlier story:

Administration pounces on SCI findings of public union paid-leave abuse

http://www.politickernj.com/56728/administration-pounces-sci-findings-public-union-paid-leave-abuse SCI: Paid leave abuse occurred throughout state