City of Hamilton workers are seeing more and more overtime pay across the board.
The Hamilton Spectator’s Andrew Dreschel reports that last year alone, the city paid its workers $11.5 million in overtime.
That’s a reported $5 million over the council-approved budget.
Dreschel says overtime pay has gone over budget every year since 2010, by at least $2 million.
City council has endorsed a motion by Ward 5’s Chad Collins to recognize and contain the costs.
Finance general manager Mike Zegarac says the city can investigate whether non-urgent overtime work can be deferred to regular hours.
Paramedic and transit services have the highest overtime budgets.
The Spec also reports that this isn’t the first time the “overtime” issue has been brought to staff’s attention. Red flags have been waved as far back as 2004.