Overtime and Hours Question

We received the following two questions from a couple of our anonymous union members.

“I already put in more than an eight hour day without overtime – now I feel pressured to work even more hours, even though overtime is offered I have other commitments after work. Can the district force me to work more than 40 hours per week?”

“When I was hired (years ago) I was asked to work certain hours and days, now I’m being asked to consider alternative hours and days. Is this allowed based on our contract and state educational law/practice?”

billBill Lokay – CSEA Labor Relations Representative: In regards to working overtime – no, you are not required to and can not be reprimanded for declining overtime/additional work. Only in matters of emergency is it considered acceptable for the district to ask a union member to work beyond a normal 8 hour shift (with overtime pay).
Your second question is a different matter – employers can “negotiate” alterations to a positions work hours. The key word is “negotiate”, which should be a collaborative effort between your supervisor, the union and you.

One Response to Overtime and Hours Question

  1. Clerk says:

    I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who feels pressured to work after my shift is over. How is an “emergency” defined? I can recall countless occasions where I had to stay late to finish up a deadline that could end up as an emergency if not completed. What’s to keep my Principal from calling not meeting deadline an emergency?

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