They’re really cleaning up.
The New York Post, citing a department representative, reported that the blowout salaries were due to excessive overtime hours because of staffing issues throughout the year. The shortage was blamed on the COVID-19 epidemic. The paper pointed out that many of those who saw a jump in pay were retirement-age supervisors, who can use the bump to “fatten their pension.”
The paper identified Christopher Tamas, a supervisor in the Bronx who was hired in 2000, as the overtime “king.” His total compensation was $299,160 after earning $170,883 in overtime.
Like other city organizations, the agency has a vaccine mandate in place that has compounded staffing issues. The city’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association last week sued Mayor Bill de Blasio over his “draconian” vaccine mandate, and complained about the long hours workers are expected to clock due to staffing shortages. As of last month, 87% of the department’s 10,000 employees have received at least one jab.
The Post’s report said the jump in overtime was attributed to massive snowstorms and the fact that the department did not hire as many new employees as in years past. The sanitation department did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.
“They didn’t hire new people for over a year,” Harry Nespoli, the head of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, told the paper. “They didn’t hire nobody during the pandemic because there was a hiring freeze. The garbage needs to be picked up.”