California’s overtime dilemma in 60 seconds

California cities and counties spent $3.7 billion on overtime in 2017, a steep increase from 2012. OT can save them money because of rising pension costs. But while firefighters and police officers take home more pay, they also risk burnout.
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California cities and counties spent $3.7 billion on overtime in 2017, a steep increase from 2012. OT can save them money because of rising pension costs. But while firefighters and police officers take home more pay, they also risk burnout.

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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

Soaring overtime fattens paychecks of California cops and firefighters. But at a cost

August 22, 2018 12:01 AM

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