Peter Hartmann | Editor in Chief |
»Unbelievable yearly salary for an American
›janitor‹ – for working nearly 24/7.«
Non-stop, day and night
A “janitor” earning 270,000 Dollar per year? Incredible, but apparently true – according
At least according to a payroll list released by the non-profit organization Transparent
California, which publishes information on salaries and bonuses financed by taxpayer
money. Liang Zhao Zhang works for San Francisco’s public transportation system.
He earned this impressive sum (approximately 255,645 euros – nearly five times
as much as his American colleagues) by cleaning metro stations 16 hours a day, on
average 114 hours per week. Overtime pay increased his (already considerable) basic
salary of 57,945 Dollar by 162,000 Dollar more. On top of this, he received bonuses
of 51,247 Dollar.
These figures – which may inspire envy but even more so, suspicion – led to investigations.
A local TV station found out that the San Francisco metro payed Liang for working 365
days per year. He worked overtime nearly every day. In one month he worked 17 hours
a day, 18 days straight. Vacation, time off? No need!
Just like any of us, the TV journalists also asked themselves how this workaholic
could survive such a mammoth program. During their research, they discovered that
the janitor took short naps in a small room – at least on the two days the TV team
checked: a 54-minute and a 90-minute nap on one day; a 90-minute and a 78-minute
nap on another.
Fraud or exploitation? The more the facts became known, the greater was the outrage.
The employer – which completely supports the employee – vehemently dismissed all
accusations. Zhang does all overtime requested and is a hard and reliable worker. His
supervisor allegedly monitored his time card; breaks, however, were not recorded.
In any event: Whether this is self-exploitation or fraud by the employee, or unscrupulous
exploitation by the employer – such blatant and completely absurd situations, in my
view, are only possible when no effective legal regulation exists.
Despite some (understandable) dissatisfaction about the extensive legal regulations
here, we should be glad that such uncontrolled situations are not possible.
They would serve neither the industry nor building cleaners.
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