UnionMaine

Trust me, I work for the Government

Is that collar getting tight?

No Cartoon, No jokes, this is too serious for humor.

I must put in a disclaimer. I am not an attorney. I am not giving legal advice or counsel.
This is not an official or unofficial Union communication. This is my opinion and my opinion alone.

Ask a Union representative before implementing any of these suggestion. Take any questions to a professional.

Since the State has money troubles State Employee are expected to chip in, and we have always been willing to chip in if we were only asked.

The legislature refused to bargain and claimed that since they could club us, we had given concessions. A request to help would have worked, but they saw us as they must see themselves.

Now it is going too far.

This is aimed solely at Overtime eligible employees. I will go over what we can do about abuses of the system for salaried employees in another post.

Hourly employees are being told that no overtime is allowed and then given fifty hours of work to do in a week. Upper management is hinting that if you can’t do your work………..maybe you will be in trouble.

First always do what your manager orders you to do, unless it is a clearly illegal or personally dangerous action.
You and your Union can file a grievance later but it is hard to fight insubordination.

This is the advice I am giving to State Employees.

Many State Employees are working over 40 hours every week, but not allowed to collect overtime. Are you and your friends being told not to write down time you work?. If you don’t YOU are the one falsifying a time sheet.

This is the only solution I can see. You must refuse to work over 40 hours in a week unless you are paid. No free work. It is against the law to give you personal days in place of OT.

If you have meetings four hours away, go there, let management know you can not stay unless OT is approved if the end of the day will put you over 40 hours in a week. Vacation, Sick, and Holiday hours do not count.

If time is authorized or refused, act according to what they say. Remember, you must obey any directions given, then file a grievance, if the boss says stay, you stay, if the boss says go, you go. Then the employee says “Here is your grievance”.

At the end of 40 hours even if it is on a Wednesday or Thursday make sure you tell your supervisor your plan to be back at your reporting station at the end of 40 and go home if OT is not authorized.

You must request permission in every case, you must follow directions even if permission is not given, and you must fill out an accurate time sheet. If OT is refused, take notes, save emails, and go home!

Hourly Employees can be given personal days in addition to OT, but not in place of. That is an illegal practice under Federal law.

The Fair Labor Standards Act makes it illegal for you to falsify your time sheet. It is also illegal for an employer to refuse to pay hourly employees for hours worked over 40 even if they have a policy against it.

On the other hand you can be disciplined for filling out a false time sheet, or for working over 40 hours if there is a policy in place.

If your management is aware of this happening on an ongoing basis you can get Federal protection.

State employees must only work for what they are paid for. The dedication we have always brought to our jobs, the willingness to give a little more has been laughed at.

We are not respected for the free work.

No more Free Work. We will give them everything they are paying for.

They like to pretend respect for our labor but they think like mill owners of old using their victims with no respect.

These are our politicians. When they want power they promise or say anything to get elected but when they get the power they forget about the voters, and discard their ideals.

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June 4th, 2009 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, SEIU 1989, shut down days | no comments