Leave work tonight as a well paid civil servant, come back in the morning as a better paid consultant. That’s the gist of this tale of magical transformation, which was appararently not unique.
Pension spiking is an apt term. The average public servant’s salary trends upwards unremarkably over the years until retirement or other separation from service looms on the horizon. Then, some workers, or in this case executives, manage to double and even triple their last two or three years pay, which dramatically boosts their pension payouts. The techniques vary jurisdiction to jurisdiction but who pays for all those golden parachutes does not – ordinary taxpayers who pay more and deserving recipients of public programs who get less.
So, how do you grab a respite from the 24 hour firefighter shift you’re getting paid for? 1) Throw a buddy a few bucks to cover for you for several hours; 2) Spend those hours at another job. Thirteen indicted Cleveland firefighters, prosecutors allege, had this down to a science
Cops misusing squad car computers to scope out dates or get dirt on one of their own who violated “the code”? The horror! New technology, old techniques. Law-enforcer misuse of driver database soars.
In Bell, California, top officials got paid like corporate CEOs and city Council members like members of corporate boards, except that it appears members of corporate boards worked much harder. Let’s see how the trial pans out.