Report: NJ Transit Paid $3.6M For Unused Vacation Time

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)NJ Transit paid nearly $3.6 million for unused vacation and sick time last year even as it raised fares and cut service.

The Asbury Park Press reports records show 34 employees received five-figure vacation-time payouts, including former executive director Richard Sarles. He received $29,775 for unused vacation time and $15,000 for unused sick time.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett-Hackett told the newspaper the vacation payout policy was implemented in 1996 to discourage use of sick time and encourage good attendance. She said that helps increase reliability of train and bus service.

A spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie said the administration doesn’t support NJ Transit’s policy and favors a “use it or lose it” plan instead.

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  • Robert

    Ever notice something? Everybody is overpayed…except for YOU.

  • Robert

    More RAPE of the public by civil service unions and employees !

  • Senseless

    What the fcuk is unused sik time?

  • Bridget

    I lose my vacation and sick time accrued if it is not used by the end of the calendar year. However, the trade off is salary. An admin in NYC can make up to $45+ an hour in the corporate world versus $13-$18 ias an admin in NJ government. The trade off is you get better benefits with a government job, such as in this story. In corporate jobs benefits are getting more and more expensive.

    • Don Juan

      Even with the benefits the civil servant still only makes half of what your corporate secretary earns.

      • Bridget

        Yes you are probably right. However, employess in the corporate jobs are paying up to $4,000+ in deductibles before even getting coverage. Pensions are no more, and companies are not longer contributing to 401K’s.. Its a shame that civil servants are not paid

  • laieton

    Now just imagine, miltiply that by what ????? 100,000 the local government employee, the price is stagering, and its sometimes, they retire, and still draw there pay for 3 years, more. using sick leave, vacation pay etc. and so forth. what a joke, no where else except the government service,

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