The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 27, 2013

Rein in trooper overtime

State retirement system flawed


Labor policy

Rules governing overtime in the state police troopers’ labor contract:

* All hours beyond 40 hours are paid at a rate of 1 1⁄2 times the normal rate.

* If a trooper works a double shift with fewer than eight hours between the two shifts, the trooper gets paid overtime at a rate of 2 1⁄2 times  the normal rate of pay during the second shift.

* A trooper who is told to work a different shift with fewer than 24 hours’ notice is paid at 1 1⁄2 times the normal rate.

* Troopers are paid double time on holidays. Troopers who participate in special enforcement details on holidays get paid 1 1⁄2 times their normal pay rate.

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