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School District’s Sick Day Reform Plan Means Employees Can Miss Two-Thirds of the Year!

true liberal Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 8:28 AM
There needs to be some sanity put back into these contracts. One would be a certain amount of time off. It would be used for either vacation or sick leave. If not, define sick leave as time off without pay. They can accrue as much as they want but it has no cash in value
Mike28 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 1:24 PM

Why would you grant someone paid vacation time when they get more then 60 consecutive days off every year, from day one of hire? Always in the summer, best vacationing time usually. You like winter sports? No problem, there is winter break (we use to call it Christmas) then there is the Feb break, then there is Spring break.
Right Wing Mom Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 2:12 PM
I don't know any teachers anywhere who get paid vacation days. What are you talking about?

Sick days are for personal illness.
Personal leave days are for things like the hot water heater exploding, which obviously can't be confined to the summer!
kitekrazy Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 2:51 PM
Mike is clueless. When someone mentions "physical labor" as a job, you know you are dealing with someone who has a lower skill set than a 2 year old illegal immigrant.
Lars795 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 9:37 PM
Go tell that to your auto mechanic, plumber, electrician. And do that before they start their work for you.

Many school districts allow employees to accrue unused sick days without limit and cash them out upon retirement.

In the Detroit district, for example, such a policy cost the district $12.5 million in unused sick leave in 2010-11.

It’s a major problem, but too many school districts are only taking baby steps to correct it.

In the small Holton, Michigan district, support personnel earn one sick day for each month worked. They’ve been allowed to accrue unused sick days without limit and cash them out upon retirement, or take extended leaves for any reason.

But now school officials are...