Hey Scotty you owe us $577k
Wisconsin State Troopers not paid overtime while protecting Walker in lead up to his failed Presidential Campaign
Once again Scott Walker is trying to rip off Wisconsin state workers. Following the governor’s recent flirtation with running for President, Walker failed to pay his security staff $577,000 in overtime.
After an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division, it was found that the state owed the members of the Dignitary Protection Unit (DPU) the money since they were only paid for 40 hours but routinely work 50 to 70 hours in a week. In total, the DPU members worked 8,200 hours that they were not compensated for. The back wages were due for work between May 2013 and May 2015, when Walker was traveling around the country in preparation for running for President. The investigation also found that when the state troopers, who make up the unit, were paid for additional hours, they were not paid at the required overtime rate. The total compensation for each person will be about $64,000.
After the announcement of back pay, Wisconsin announced that they would be cutting the number of security team members for Walker. They also announced that they would be rescinding a $4/hour raise that was given to those on the detail.
According to the Journal Sentinel, the Labor department investigation concluded in August, but the final total was not made public until recently. The state has now paid back all of the affected workers. This payment is the fourth highest payout for a state labor violation in Wisconsin’s history.