Time on their hands

During 2010, employees of the State of Wisconsin and the UW system worked almost 1.9 million hours of overtime, for which they were typically paid time-and-a-half.  According to a report by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau, overtime payments totaled more than $360 million from 2006 through 2010.

Last year, overtime payments totaled the equivalent of having an additional 900 full-time employees, according to the Audit Bureau findings, and in many cases overtime payments exceeded what’s required under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Why would that be? The Audit Bureau says it’s because of collective bargaining privileges where are about to be curtailed for most state employees. Of course if you’re a unionized government employee or the mainstream media, they aren’t privileges but rather “rights” that are being “stripped away.”

What’s becoming more and more apparent is that taxpayers have been routinely stripped of the right to their own earnings. The reforms that have union activists in the streets and breaking up sessions of the Legislature would do nothing more than restore a little bit of the balance that’s been steadily eroded since state government decided to buy labor peace with other people’s money.

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About Wisconsin Club for Growth
The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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