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Overtime reduced for most state workers

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)   State employees received 22-percent less overtime pay last year than in 2011, when law enforcement got tons of O-T during the massive protests at the Capitol. Governor Scott Walker’s office said yesterday that the state paid just over $49-million for overtime last year, down from $63-million the year before.

The 2012 total was also six-percent lower than the $53-million in overtime pay given out during Jim Doyle’s final year as governor in 2010. Walker said last year’s reduction improves the budget outlook for the next two years. Marty Beil , who heads the Wisconsin State Employees’ Union, says the actual overtime hours have not gone down – only the amounts paid by the state. In many cases, employees only get O-T after first working 40 hours a week. And in some cases, time-and-a-half pay was eliminated. The state was able to do that because of the law which generated the Capitol protests – the near-elimination of collective bargaining by most public unions. Under that law, overtime is no longer open to negotiation by the employees.