Skip to comments.Bay Area Rapid Transit Official Earns $330K Without Working
Posted on 06/09/2013 1:58:36 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
BART's top-paid worker of 2012 never worked a day
With a gross salary of more than $333,000, BART's highest-paid employee last year wasn't its general manager, police chief or a worker who racked up gobs of overtime scrubbing grime from filthy train seats.
It was someone who did no work at all for BART in 2012: Dorothy Dugger, the agency's former general manager who resigned under pressure more than two years ago.
Under a lucrative retirement scheme, Dugger, 57, quietly stayed on the books, burning off nearly 80 weeks of unused vacation time, drawing paychecks and full benefits for more than 19 months after she agreed to quit in May 2011, according to an analysis by this newspaper. By remaining on BART's payroll, she accrued almost two extra months of
The months of extra pay were on top of the $920,000 that BART paid Dugger to leave after the agency's board botched an effort to fire her by violating public meetings laws.
"Wow," said James Fang, a BART board member who tried to oust Dugger. "She was still on the payroll? I did not know this. It's startling."
In 2012 alone Dugger's gross pay could have bought 52,837 round-trip BART tickets between downtown Oakland and San Francisco's Financial district. She even received more pay than the person who replaced her to run the Bay Area commuter railroad, General Manager Grace Crunican, who took home $316,000.
Without leaving her home in Oakland's Crocker Highlands neighborhood, Dugger reaped the astonishing windfall by cashing in more than 3,100 vacation hours, saved during her 20 years with BART.
(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...
Embattled BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger during a board meeting April 14, 2011, at the agency's office in Oakland, Calif. (Karl Mondon, Bay Area News Group)
and some of us... who do excellent work and like doing it, too...............and with far greater qualifications than her, I think, can’t get even interviews for jobs these days
this new economy is sure peculiar
Four years or so ago the Police Chief of SF General Hospital did a bunch of overtime and in ONE year made over a HALF A MILLION DOLLARS...!
His beat is one hospital..!
It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.
Is she married to an Obama?
tip of iceberg
we prob learn about 00.1 % of the corruption in our country
Dugger said she was proud of her time with BART. Asked if her lucrative use of vacation time exposed a fiscal flaw in the agency, she said, I think BARTs track record on fiscal management is quite solid.Given how you made out, you would, wouldnt you, Dugger? The LORD rebuke you and the Land of Fruits and Nuts upside-down governance.
heavy campaign contributor to Pelosi no doubt....
Another example of how Kalifornia is bankrupt. First, morally and second, financially. No one should pity the mess the state is in, they have only themselves to blame.
BART has been a corrupt enterprise since before it even went into operation. I was living in the Bay Area back in the ‘70s when it was launched. IIRC it had two fearfully expensive transit worker strikes long before the first train ever actually ran down the tracks. It’s a perfect example of government/union ineptitude.
She played by the rules. Change the rules but there isn’t one of us who wouldn’t have maximized our payout.
I guess Kalifornia hasn't heard of the "use or lose" provision that federal workers have to deal with.
So we’re all California liberals? No, I don’t believe that.
So, you sign a contract that promises you certain payout. But you stand up and say “No thanks! I don’t want the money.” ? Really?
That’s about 3 weeks of vacation per year, for 20 years, if she never used any. Three weeks per year is hardly out-of-line, especially for someone who has been there for 20 years. LIkely she started at 2 weeks per year for the first 5, 3 weeks per year for the next 5, and 4 weeks per year for the next 10 years. She worked most of the time, under my rubric would have taken off for 5 weeks over the 20 years, and still had the 3100 hours left over. The idiots screwed up the hearing to remove her, they made her an offer to make it easy for them to cover up their own incompetence, and she accepted it. Seems like she was a decent worker, and was accommodating when they wanted her gone. None of this is her fault, nor is it any indication of fraud on her part.
Four weeks (150+ hours) per year and she took no vacation time for twenty years??? Methinks she took vacations that just weren’t recorded as such. Unfortunately, that would be very difficult to prove.
Gubermint unions are bankrupting our country...it s us VS. them (private sector VS public & workers VS moochers)
nowhere is it more true than CA an NY. They are the models of our pending demise. dont expect in government to take any serious action .
California has the 8th largest economy in the world, and yet 80% of every dime they spend is on salaries, benefits, and pensions.
These public employee unions will eventually bring all of the States down.
Good point. Never mind the temerity of her to threaten to file suit to get even more money.
If they had not paid her she would have won it in court anyway. The keeping her as “working” is a little questionable. They should have paid her for accrued vacation hours and quit paying other benefits . By keeping her as working she gained more time on her retirement also.
When these civil service workers work hand-in-hand with the politicos, and labor groups, the chain of responsibility and 'value for money' concepts get lost in the weeds. The larger the government structure, the easier it is to hide these gross improprieties, yet the libdiots are always in favor of an increasing government because they cannot bear the lack of support AND CONTROL!
Another RAH quote ..."There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him." [The Moon is A Harsh Mistress, 1966] - Obamacare?
A public sector worker, taking no vacation for 20 years. LOL. There is no way. More likely she was like the former director of the Metra here in Chicago. He had 11, that’s right 11 weeks of vacation a year. And we wonder why the states are broke. I notice your name indicates another public union leech.
How many ticket rate increases have happened on BART since this woman got into trouble?
BART is also now charging for parking in their lots to take the mass transit & REDUCE hte number of cars in SF proper.
Such parking used to be free!!!!
MASS TRANSIT!!! Just what all of us need-—to be herded like sheep & charged for same!!
Maybe she was "sick" a lot. Funny how they don't mention how much sick leave she took. Bound to catch the flu at least once in 20 years.
OMG....Calif. is SO STUPID.
However, regarding payment for unused vacation time, I favor it.
Many people have lost vacation time because the demands of the job leave little time for vacation. Given that paid vacation is touted as a benefit by most companies for salaried people, that benefit should be paid.
I have worked nights, weekends, sometimes around the clock with no extra compensation & no complaints. I've slept on filing cabinets next to the monitor so I could hear an error warning beep. I've been called in from vacation & called while on vacation overseas for consultation.
I'd say I'm owed either my vacation time or being paid for it. If not, then I'll find a better job working for better people who pay for the benefits promised.
So does mine. You want to call me a public sector leech too?
My point was that if she had worked for the fedgov, she never could have accumulated that much vacation time. She would have to have taken it along the way, or lost it.
What she did was cash in her vacation hours at her career highest salary rate, hours that were largely accumulated at lower pay rates. That was certainly a good investment on her part.
She may also have earned considerable compensatory time, which she used in place of vacation hours, to make sure her payable-in-cash vacation account was never touched.
Is there any doubt why the state of Kalifornia and many of its municipalities are broke?