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Bay Area Rapid Transit Official Earns $330K Without Working
Bay Area News Group ^ | 06/09/2013 | Thomas Peele and Daniel J. Willis

Posted on 06/09/2013 1:58:36 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Bay Area Rapid Transit photo: hobo piss bay-area-rapid-transit.jpg

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 ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: bart; bayarea; bayarearapidtransit; biggovernment; cityslackers; governmentworkers; liberalagenda; lofan; neweconomy; newnormal; oakland; obamanation; obamanomics; publictransportation; sanfransicko; stimulus
Embattled BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger photo 20130608__dugger1_zps6158b0f3.jpg

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)

1 posted on 06/09/2013 1:58:36 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

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


2 posted on 06/09/2013 2:03:20 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: DogByte6RER

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..!


3 posted on 06/09/2013 2:05:01 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.


4 posted on 06/09/2013 2:07:01 PM PDT by Tax-chick (More open defiance is needed.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Is she married to an Obama?


5 posted on 06/09/2013 2:12:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: DogByte6RER

tip of iceberg

we prob learn about 00.1 % of the corruption in our country


6 posted on 06/09/2013 2:22:33 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: George from New England
Tip of the iceberg to be sure.

Dugger’s attitude is that of “let them eat cake”, too:
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 BART’s track record on fiscal management is quite solid.”
Given how you made out, you would, wouldn’t you, Dugger? The LORD rebuke you and the Land of Fruits and Nuts’ upside-down governance.
7 posted on 06/09/2013 2:28:20 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: DogByte6RER

heavy campaign contributor to Pelosi no doubt....


8 posted on 06/09/2013 2:28:51 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: DogByte6RER

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.


9 posted on 06/09/2013 2:44:08 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: DogByte6RER

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.


10 posted on 06/09/2013 3:04:16 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Olog-hai

She played by the rules. Change the rules but there isn’t one of us who wouldn’t have maximized our payout.


11 posted on 06/09/2013 3:06:31 PM PDT by paul544
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To: DogByte6RER
Dugger reaped the astonishing windfall by cashing in more than 3,100 vacation hours, saved during her 20 years with BART.

I guess Kalifornia hasn't heard of the "use or lose" provision that federal workers have to deal with.

12 posted on 06/09/2013 3:09:26 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: paul544

So we’re all California liberals? No, I don’t believe that.


13 posted on 06/09/2013 3:09:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

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?


14 posted on 06/09/2013 3:16:01 PM PDT by paul544
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To: Fresh Wind

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.


15 posted on 06/09/2013 3:19:40 PM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: paul544

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.


16 posted on 06/09/2013 3:20:45 PM PDT by Bob
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To: paul544
Yeah, really. Is Mammon worship that ingrained in humanity that we can’t shake it? Remember, this woman threatened to sue, she loved her money that much. Just because the Bolsheviks stole 2 Thessalonians 3:10 (see Article 18) does not mean they own it.

The whole system is broken, indeed. Contract law is even to the point where if BART were a private company, the same thing would happen.
17 posted on 06/09/2013 3:22:15 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: BatGuano

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. don’t expect in government to take any serious action .

http://www.pensiontsunami.com/public.php

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.


18 posted on 06/09/2013 3:22:33 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Bob

Good point. Never mind the temerity of her to threaten to file suit to get even more money.


19 posted on 06/09/2013 3:22:56 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: paul544

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.


20 posted on 06/09/2013 3:25:20 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (President Obma; The Slumlord of the Rentseekers)
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To: DogByte6RER
Robert A Heinlein [RAH 1907-88] - "In a mature society, 'civil servant' equates to 'civil master'!" [Time Enough for Love, 1973] This SF Author, dead these past 25 years, keeps popping back up with the prescient views.

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?

21 posted on 06/09/2013 3:28:30 PM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence but it is the road to our ruin!)
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To: Teacher317

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.


22 posted on 06/09/2013 3:43:30 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
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To: faithhopecharity

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!!


23 posted on 06/09/2013 4:10:17 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Bob
Four weeks (150+ hours) per year and she took no vacation time for twenty years???

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.

24 posted on 06/09/2013 4:24:37 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: DogByte6RER

OMG....Calif. is SO STUPID.


25 posted on 06/09/2013 4:46:31 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Just another overcompensated public employee. Nothing to see here.

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.

26 posted on 06/09/2013 5:15:10 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: sharkhawk

So does mine. You want to call me a public sector leech too?


27 posted on 06/09/2013 8:36:46 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: Teacher317

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?


28 posted on 06/10/2013 2:24:33 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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