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Changes to Vacation, Sick Time Payout for City Workers on Hold

Changes to Vacation, Sick Time Payout for City Workers on Hold

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An idea to change the way sick and vacation time is paid out amongst city of Springfield employees is on hold indefinitely.

“I think there are a lot of questions that need to be answered,” said Ward 4 Alderman Frank Lesko, who moved to table the ordinance. “I want to make sure this ordinance coems out and it’s fair.”

The ordinance would stop paying out unused sick time at retirement for nonunion employees hired after March 1, and would allow all workers to claim unused vacation time three months in advance instead of a full year, thereby changing the workers’ total pension payouts.

“It can hurt a lot of people looking at retirement,” said Lesko. “It needs to be adjusted so those people aren’t hurt for the time they’d saved and the time they planned to retire.”

Because the ordinance was tabled, it will take eight of ten aldermen voting “yes” to bring it back up for discussion.

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