Skip to comments.Penalties lessened for St. Paul pothole crews accused of loafing on the job
Posted on 09/13/2010 8:06:33 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
St. Paul employees targeted for discipline following allegations they were loafing on the job instead of filling potholes are getting less-harsh penalties than the city had initially announced, records show.
Of the 59 days of suspension the city announced against 17 workers in May, a mere five days of suspension-without-pay have actually been served, according to city records, which are not being released for all 17 workers because the process isn't over.
In May, Mayor Chris Coleman made the announcement, billed as the largest disciplinary action in the city's history, following a flap when TV cameras in March filmed pothole-patching crews taking long breaks and not filling potholes after a winter that spawned especially bumpy roads.
The softening of the penalties follows grievances by the various unions representing the workers, and a union official said that shows the workers' infractions were nowhere near as bad as the public was initially led to believe.
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from June this year:
17 St. Paul workers suspended following 5 Investigation
Tom Besaw from the worker's union said, "I think the whole thing is disgusting. I don't think they did nothing wrong."
none of the government employees there was the “it” guy apparently.
In every government batch of 10 employees, you have 3 who are out sick or on vacation at any one time, 3 who are on break, 3 who are hiding in their offices waiting for those on break to come back so they can go on break, and one person doing the work that those ten should be doing. That person is “it.”
Can Barack Obama be penalized for loafing on the job?
He could even attest to that under sworn oath. If you parse his words...
"I think that the whole thing is disgusting"
"I don't think they did nothing wrong." (double negative)
"I don't think they did 'nothing wrong'..."
That leaves open the possibility that SOMETHING may have happened, but just how prosecutable, procedural, etc, is yet to be established.
The loafing ethic was explicit and condoned at the highest levels of management. Quitting time was 3:30. By 2:30 the entire crew was back in the shop sitting around the time clock on milk crates waiting to punch out. There was a nap room complete with porn magazines. I was told by the department head that I was mowing the ditches too fast and should spend more time in the shop fiddling with my tractor each morning before heading out on the road.
There was one guy that lived on the gravel road he was supposed to maintain with a grater. Funny enough, he had a barn on his property just big enough to hold a grater and never seemed to answer radio calls in the afternoon. Everybody knew exactly what was going on and nobody cared.
Maybe the most relaxing summer of my life.
This article is a complete fraud. We know that all the Porkulus Maximus funds were
well spent on shovel ready products and that the City and State highway idiots would
never goof off on the job.
He's done enough.
You mean people were actually taking ADVANTAGE of the fact that they are paid whether they work or not??!! SHOCKING, ain’t it!!