Postal Worker Retires After 44 Years Without Sick Day
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#1 Jan 30, 2013
........Postal Worker Retires After 44 Years Without Sick Day
..By Susanna Kim
.Posts .By Susanna Kim | ABC News Blogs – 14 hours ago
....Email 0Share TweetShare0Print.......Postal Worker Retires After 44 Years Without Sick Day (ABC News)
On Jan. 31, Deborah Ford will retire from the U.S. Postal Service after 44 years without using any of her sick days.
Though her colleagues and the local media, including the Detroit Free Press, applaud her level of commitment, Ford, 64, doesn't see what the big deal is.
Born and raised in Detroit, Ford will be retiring from her job in payroll and timekeeping management for the city's main post office.
"I was trying to do the best I could, and that just evolved into working all my scheduled days," Ford said.
Ford said when she was sick, she would simply "shake it off." For appointments, say, with the doctor, she would use vacation days.
"It's going to be tough to replace her - not only her attendance but her knowledge of the years she has done timekeeping," said Tony Carnagie, a financial programs compliance manager, who has worked with Ford for more than 15 years.
Most of Ford's co-workers knew about her track record, when the USPS awarded her for 30 years of service.
Ford said her father, who is 86 years old and never took a sick days in 30 years, also doesn't see what the fuss is about.
"It's just part of our work ethic," she said.
Ford said she is looking forward to retirement but doesn't have any specific plans, besides spending more time with her father.
"I'll rest up and see where life takes me. Do some volunteer work, take some enrichment classes - the usual stuff," she said.
For now, she is training someone to do her job, which she says, she won't particularly miss.
"You don't miss the brick and mortar," she said. "I'll miss the people, the lives you touched and the lives that touched your life."
Not taking a sick day won't be for naught.
Ford has a sick-leave balance of 4,508 hours, which will allow her a 5 percent increase in her pension.
Since: Feb 12
#2 Jan 30, 2013
This person is a very unique. Usually when an employee is given sick days they use them all. We are turning into a very lazy society.
#3 Jan 30, 2013
Not always does an employee use all their sick days. I know someone that saves the days and carries them over to the next year, just in case they may need them down the road. Needless to say, this person is a planner!
#4 Jan 30, 2013
Viewing the word in black in white is what some of you do best. I would call that LAZY thinking.
#5 Jan 30, 2013
We discourage such planning and self-sufficiency by adopting a "use it or lose it" policy. Even those companies and institutions that allow employees to cash in a certain amount of unused sick leave or vacation at the end of the year usually pay only 50% of face value. Bear in mind that when you work over 40 hours in a week you should be paid time and a half. When you work on Sunday it's double time, and when you are asked to work on a paid holiday it is supposed to be triple time.
#6 Jan 30, 2013
Black in white, Ollie? Are you trying to say black and white? Or black on white?
#7 Jan 30, 2013
#8 Jan 30, 2013
The largest American employer is, by far, the United States federal government with over four million employees worldwide.
An additional 700,000 individuals are employed by the post office.
Vacation & Sick Leave
All employees receive generous benefits including: 10 paid holidays, 13 days of vacation for the first three years, twenty days of vacation with three to fifteen years service and after fifteen years twenty-six days.
Additionally, 13 sick days are accrued each year regardless of length of service.
Military time counts toward benefits. If you have three years of military service, you begin with four weeks paid vacation and three years toward retirement.
The retirement benefit is determined by the amount that has accumulated during the employee’s career
#9 Jan 30, 2013
now she can pack-up her dad and everything and head back to that cotton field in georgia where they came frum....Baby!
#10 Jan 30, 2013
why bother spending ur time and $$$ to help the city where you made ur living for awl those 44 years....?....go buy an overpriced condo in florida and the hell with detroit.....Baby!
#11 Jan 31, 2013
when the post office first got those fancy scanners that show online my packagas being delivered, my postman woud scan everthing delivered when he loaded his packagecar every morning..
my stuff said delivered online, but i never got-it, so i went to town and the orfice oeople said it wern't there neither..."it muss be in his packagecar?"
so, the postman was scannung to make it look good for hiz boss and evrythig, like he was always "ontyme", but he was slackin' big-time.....Baby!
anyone in any capicity with the USPS for 44 years, is part of the reason why they lose millions of dollars everyday...all the while fex-ex, buster brown and other delivery companies rake in profits $$$$$
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