Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Only in Massachusetts: Government Union Employees Get Double-Time for Working Fake Holidays

Weird Massachusetts: Your Travel Guide to Massachusetts' Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

The holidays are Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day. Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day?
(Boston Herald)- Beacon Hill’s have-it-both-ways compromise on Suffolk County’s notorious hack holidays will this year force the cash-starved Hub to blow millions of taxpayer dollars on overtime for thousands of union staffers to work on Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day, the Herald has learned.

In a recent memorandum obtained by the Herald, Boston Human Resources director Vivian Leonard informed city department heads that “Many unionized personnel will also be required to work on these two days. These employees will be compensated in accordance with the Holiday Pay provision of their applicable collective bargaining agreement.”

Translation: The majority of the city’s 7,200 union staffers will be paid double-time to work the holidays, according to labor relations director John Dunlap.
Why isn't there a voter revolution in Massachusetts?

1 comment:

DaTechguy said...

Just so you know Bunker Hill day celebrates the Battle Bunker Hill the first full formal battle of the Revolution.

Evacuation day celebrates the day when The British evacuated Boston after being besieged by Washington, since it also falls on St. Patrick's day it worked out very well for the Irish when it came.

I'd drop Bunker hill day myself. I think we would never get the votes to remove Evacuation day due to the St. Patrick's day connection.

Considering how liberal this state is on wars I hate to lose anything that celebrates American soldiers but we can't afford it.