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					                                     CSEA Local 1000 AFSCME, AFL-CIO




NEWS                                                                      NEWS
                       HEADQUARTERS / 143 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12210
                                              www.csealocal1000.org


FOR RELEASE: Immediate                                                    CONTACT: Stephen A. Madarasz
                 April 4, 2012                                                         Director of Communications
                                                                                       Office: 518 257-1270
                                                                                       Cell: 518 598-4705


                                                Overtime Facts


 • Overtime pay is required by law under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and modified by labor
   agreements.

 • Union contracts DO NOT entitle workers to overtime. They only set forth the procedure for how overtime
   is distributed ONCE MANAGEMENT DECIDES TO UTILIZE OVERTIME WORK.

 • The use of overtime is strictly and solely a MANAGEMENT decision.

 • In many cases management chooses to use overtime rather than hire enough workers to get the job done
   without resorting to overtime.

 • Many budget managers and accountants prefer to pay overtime instead of hiring enough employees to do
   the job.

 • One of the major reasons for overtime is understaffing.

 • Another of the main reasons for overtime is to cover for workers who are out due to on-the-job injuries.

 • Overtime is often the result of unexpected emergencies, such as snowstorms, water main breaks, broken
   traffic lights, fallen trees, etc.

 • There are two types of overtime: voluntary and involuntary.

 • Some employees welcome the chance to make more money but others, who would prefer to be home with
   their families, are forced to work additional hours or shifts.

 • The greatest amount of overtime occurs at state facilities that are required to be staffed 24/7, such as
   mental health facilities, prisons and juvenile detention centers. CSEA has consistently advocated for
   additional staffing at these facilities in order to cut down on overtime and give workers much needed
   relief from mandatory extended shifts, which can also contribute to injuries.

 • Some employees may have a choice of getting compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay, but have a
   hard time getting the time off approved by management.

 • There has long been a limit in New York state as to how much overtime in the final years of service may
   be applied toward employee pensions.

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