March 17, 2010

WE SUFFER THEIR REALITY:

Paid for not working (Marta Mossburg, March 17, 2010, Frederick News-Post)

The state estimates sick leave costs $986 per employee, but the price is almost triple because it estimates employees are out sick five days -- the average amount of time private-sector workers are absent from illness each year. The real bill should be $2,564 per employee or $115.5 million for full-time employees each year. Thousands of employees are excluded in DBM's personnel report, so the figure should be higher.

But that is only part of the story. Maryland policy allows state employees to accumulate 15 sick days per year and roll them over in perpetuity, with unused days counted toward pension payments for those smart enough to save their days, inflating retirement costs. Only union members, whose benefits helped to bankrupt General Motors and Chrysler on the taxpayer dime, enjoyed such benefits. And the vast majority of private-sector workers receive no pension and pay for their own retirement through 401(k) plans.

Private-sector workers take fewer days because they lose wages. Congress' Joint Economic Committee released a report earlier this month showing that 40 percent of private-sector employees do not receive paid sick leave. Their benefits are tied to the financial performance of their companies.

State workers do not suffer the burden of reality.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 17, 2010 1:52 PM
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