Letter to the editor 5, Oct. 26, 2017

Answers needed

Dear Editor,

Reference the article in last week’s YLJ regarding Mayor Robert Grimaudo defending a ‘leaked’ document of St. Lazare employee salaries and ‘overtime’ of some town managers and directors. The document supposedly produced for a ‘behind closed doors’ meeting, raises a number of questions.

1) Managers and directors in public and private companies are normally ‘salaried employees’ with a contract, a job description and a fixed salary. No overtime pay and no bonuses.

2) Why do the highest earning employees on the list just happen to have worked the most hours of overtime and received the largest monetary rewards for this ‘overtime’?

3) Vacations are normally paid for, and included in, a salaried employee’s contract, so why, in this case, are vacation days which are not taken paid for again, over and above the salary?

4) A number of sick day are normally paid for, and included in, a salaried employee’s contract, so why, in this case, are sick days which are not taken paid for again, over and above the salary?

5) A number of the highest paid employees supposedly worked a staggering 600 hours of overtime, not just for one year but for three years in a row. How is this possible, as high overtime hours for long periods of time, normally result in extreme fatigue, employee inefficiency and even employee ‘melt-down.

6) Why would ‘salaries and overtime’ of managers and directors have to be discussed ‘behind closed doors’ when a ‘collective agreement’ already exists?

7) The ‘leaked’ document shows that the highest paid employees, coincidentally, worked the most overtime and got the highest monetary rewards.

8) The ‘leaked’ document shows that the mid-range paid employees, coincidentally, worked mid-range levels of overtime and got the mid-range monetary rewards.

9) The ‘leaked’ document shows that the lowest paid employees, coincidently, worked the lowest amount of overtime and got the lowest monetary rewards.

One would assume that the mayor and councillors approved this overtime on a monthly basis, so how are such extreme hours being worked by managers and directors without hiring additional employees or changing the methodology of the work being done? These salary and benefits packages for town managers and directors are so generous that one would think it was Santa Clause who negotiated on behalf of St. Lazare residents.

Alan Nicol

St. Lazare

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