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State settles suit with workers forced to do 9 minutes of unpaid work a day

Discussion in 'Bizarre and Off-Beat News' started by Casshew, May 30, 2004.

  1. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Nine minutes of unpaid work a day for four years equals a proposed $7.2 million settlement for prison guards and other state workers who were required to do such tasks as checking equipment before their shifts began.

    Those are the terms of an agreement by the state Corrections Department, attorney general's office and Teamsters Local 117 to settle a class-action lawsuit. "It worked out pretty well when all three parties got together," said Lewis Ellsworth, a lawyer for the 1,900 affected workers.

    The lawsuit concerns "pass-downs" - periods before and after each shift when guards are required to check equipment, do inventories or give instructions to guards on other shifts. The pass-downs, usually six to 12 minutes a day, were outside the workers' paid shifts.

    Based on payments of $2.88 a day for each shift worked from March 30, 2000, to April 1, 2004, a typical guard who worked 224 shifts a year for four years stands to receive $2,580 under the agreement, which also includes funds for court costs and lawyers' fees.


    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2004/05/28/477247-ap.html
     
  2. GaGirl

    GaGirl Mommy of One

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    As an office manger who is paid hourly (not salary like every other dentist I have worked for) I think this is good news. My boss fully expects all of us to travel without pay and come in on days off without pay "to benefit the office." I say BS, if I work I want to be paid for it. JMO
     
  3. Sky

    Sky Inactive

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    Everyone should be compensated fairly for their work. Benefit the office? More like the bottom line/checkbook of the boss!

    My Opinion!

    Sky
     

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