California State Employees are a Bunch of Overtime Maniacs
If you have ever wondered why our fair state is broke, this should shed some all-important light on the issue.
State workers at two Bay Area hospitals raked in tens of thousands of dollars in overtime during a five-year period and some worked so many hours they may have put patients at risk, according to California's state auditor.
Some workers at the Napa State Hospital and Sonoma Developmental Center more than doubled their pay with overtime while their co-workers received little or no extra work, an audit released this week found.
The state paid $2.1 billion in overtime to state workers in all its agencies, excluding the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, from fiscal years 2003-04 to 2007-08, according to the audit. Of that, $1.3 billion went to workers at five agencies: the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Mental Health, and the Department of Developmental Services.
The departments of Mental Health and Developmental Services paid out nearly $440 million in overtime during that period, including to 103 people who took home more than $150,000 each in overtime pay, the audit found.
In one case, a nurse at Napa State Hospital racked up $733,000 in overtime during the five-year period by working as much as 51 extra hours a week. Two other Napa Hospital nurses took home an average of $132,000 in overtime pay per year, nearly twice their annual salary, the audit found.
I am so in the wrong line of work.