Re "Firing AWOL state workers not as easy as it looks" (The Buzz, Sept. 12): Assemblywoman Diane Harkey says her constituents are angered when they find out state workers can keep their jobs after not showing up for five days. How do you think fellow state workers feel who have to take up the slack of the absent worker?
I am a retired state worker. Instances of constant absences do not go unobserved. A state worker earns so many hours of sick and vacation leave for each month of employment. If employees use up their sick leave or vacation leave, those addition hours of absence over earned credits are deducted from their paycheck.
I also worked in private industry for 15 years and found people who were not motivated to do their jobs which put a burden on the rest of the employees. Yes, they could be fired quicker, but then they would go on to another job.
-- Adele Solander, Sacramento