UPDATE: Union criticizes state's reliance on overtime
New York's increased reliance last year on overtime is being criticized by the Civil Service Employees Association.
According to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office, overtime earnings at state agencies rose by more than 10 percent in 2012. The rise is in keep with an escalation that began in 2009.
A copy of the report is available below.
In response to the report, CSEA President Danny Donohue said it demonstrated "glaring deficiencies" in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administation's ability to manage.
"The Cuomo administration continues to purposely understaff state agencies and mandate overtime to a perverse degree," Donohue said in a statement. "They tell the public they're cutting the public work force and improving operations when they are really eroding decent middle-class jobs, leaving people at risk and still costing the public plenty."
In response to this post, New York State Division of Budget spokesman Morris Peters said, “Since the Governor took office, agency budgets were cut by 10 percent in the first year and spending has remained flat ever since. Each agency is managing their workforce to stay within their budget. As a result, overall payroll spending is down.”
According to the comptroller's report, seven agencies accounted for more than 25 percent of employees working overtime to meet agency needs. The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Office of Mental Health and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision all saw a steep increase in overtime hours in 2012.
Dinapoli said in a statement, "New York State policy requires limiting overtime to a minimum, and I urge all agencies to ensure that this expense is reduced whenever possible.”
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