COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Training is no picnic at the Highway Patrol Police Academy. Even the 10 minute lunch is no picnic either.
The daily schedule of what the cadets do is long.
Most days filled with a minimum of 12 hours of activities, not counting individual study time, at night.
The city testified training its new cadet class in Columbus would save money, and that if there was overtime they would pay it according
to union President Steve Loomis.
He sums the deal this way, "Of course we're going to pay the overtime. Why wouldn't we pay the overtime? Well they didn't pay the overtime."
A cadet's pay stub shows 40 hours pay for the first week of training. The next pay, for two weeks shows eight hours of overtime.
This was after the union complained. But two weeks later no overtime on the stub so the union filed a grievance.
"The city came back at a chief's level with an answer giving us 23-and-a-half hours of straight time for the cadets. We rejected that. That's
not anywhere near what they're working. These guys are getting woke up at 5:30 a.m. in the morning. That's when your time card starts," according to Loomis.
Now the union has stepped up its fight. It is taking the matter to the federal level. A CPPA complaint was filed with the Department of Labor in Cleveland.
It demands an audit of city records. The CPPA believes it will show the city has and continues to violate rules regarding mandatory overtime.
It is unclear how long an investigation could take.
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