It’s no secret Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees are paid well. But a little-known clause in their union contract ensures they can work extra hours and collect even higher wages when private contractors are hired to help them get the job done.
The so-called “outsourcing bonus” traces back to a single sentence inserted into the city-owned utility’s labor contract nearly two decades ago. Intended partly to discourage use of private companies with lower labor costs, the contract provision requires DWP managers to offer overtime to any employee who could have performed tasks assigned to a contractor â€” such as engineering, construction or clerical work
ast month, The Times reported that a separate decades-old provision, included in the DWP’s disability plan, required the agency to pay employees unlimited, extra sick days. That program cost ratepayers $35.5 million since 2010. DWP officials could find no medical justification for more than half of the employees who took more than a month of extra sick days.“These policies make no sense and are another reason why we must reform” the agency, Garcetti told The Times. Late Thursday, he said he would not sign the proposed DWP labor contract because it limits reforms to “the department’s costly and inefficient work rules.”
I am not anti union I so stupid to not figure out where would be today
without unions but this is just plan stupid when a contract has things like this.