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01/14/03  Employee Sick Leave

I saw Councilman John Loza on Channel 8 tonight, as well as an Assistant City Manager addressing the sick leave abuse policy at City Hall.  

I listened in disbelief at both Mr. Loza and the Asst. CM's comments on this issue.  Neither saw any abuse of this policy.  

According to news, $6.3 million was paid out in accrued sick leave last year.  Does Mr. Loza and the Asst. CM (financial wizard??) not realize this is 6% of the $95 million shortfall?

I work for a multi billion dollar corporation.  We get 5 paid sick leave days per year and accrue a maximum total of 10 days.  We have short term disability pay, which is a program that pays the employee 75% of their base pay for a total of 26 weeks.  An employee must be off 5 consecutive work days to be under this plan.  The City of Dallas should look into this type program for the 12,000 employees. 

If any city employees think they can find another job elsewhere, give them the boot.  There are many other unemployed candidates waiting in line to fill their positions in today's economy which are probably better qualified to do their job than them.

Thanks,  Mike Perry
Joe Cop: 
I get so sick and tired of this comparing private and public sector benefits.

If Mike or anyone wants to make comparisons, then do it across the board, i.e. salaries, bonuses, cars, travel etc. Also do it during those good economic times, which means nothing to those in the public sector, nothing changes for us.  

There are a lot of differences between the public and private
sector.  That's why there are different salaries and benefits.

What we give up in salaries, we make up for in benefits, but depending on the company you compare us, we might not make up anything.   

Finally, there are no lines going out the door for people wishing to be police officers.  I guess even those who are unemployed think unemployment is better than starting pay and benefits of a police officer.





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