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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

TRANSIT EXECUTIVES FEEDING AT THE PUBLIC HOG TROUGH

One issue that is not on the table in the talks between BART and its unions is the system’s generous buy-back policy for unused sick, holiday and vacation leave — which can be a gold mine for all workers, but particularly for managers.
The most prominent beneficiary of the policy was Dorothy Dugger, BART’s former $298,700-a-year general manager, who amassed 80 weeks of unused vacation and sick time in 20 years at the agency.
To pay it off, BART allowed Dugger to take “terminal leave,” which kept her on the books as an employee for more than 19 months after her exit in 2011. She earned $333,199 during that time without so much as ever setting foot in the place.
What’s more, staying on the payroll allowed Dugger to accrue an additional 17 weeks of sick and vacation time totaling $98,000 — some of which apparently came on top of the $333,000 and change.
All this was on top of the $920,000 that Dugger collected as part of a settlement with BART directors who had botched an attempt to fire her.
Although Dugger’s case is the most extreme, she is not alone.

BART’s golden ride into retirement | Matier And Ross | an SFGate.com blog
(and this executive class has the nerve to attack the working class)

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