Sheriff's officers being asked to work overtime as layoffs take effect: NAPE

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NAPE president Carol Furlong says court workers are being asked to work overtime to cover shifts, just a few days after layoff notices were issued.

In a news release, Furlong says an email was sent to sheriff officers asking for volunteers to work overtime this coming weekend.

“This is astounding,” Furlong said. “The layoffs aren’t even fully in effect yet and already the system can’t handle the mess created by government’s layoff fiasco.”

Twenty of the 40 active sheriffs in St. John’s have received notice of layoff, with 14 layoffs being effective by Friday, and the remaining six slated for lay off by April 26.

 “The government is playing with people’s livelihoods. If this wasn’t so sad and pathetic it would be a joke,” Furlong said.

“This is a clear indication that government’s approach to these layoffs is completely irrational and dysfunctional. Employees are sitting at home with no work while others are being called in at overtime rates. This goes beyond ludicrous.”  


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  • Danny
    April 02, 2013 - 23:16

    Great time for criminal scum here.No worries about prosecution for theft or impaired driving.keep a couple big attack dogs at ur store just in case cuz the gov says stealing is a store owner's problem now.Sorry we would like to help but not enough justice staff to handle non violent crime.Come on in my store drug scum my dogs are hungry!!!!

  • Rosena
    April 02, 2013 - 22:33

    I am a member of NAPE,but I am a homecare worker,or courts are over logged now,how are they going to it with only 20 guards.We need a federal and provincial election in order to try and straigthen out the mess that has been created by our federal and provincial governments.They should be laying of some of the House of Assembly staff and MHA's not the public service workers that protect us.Will they evr learn,doubt if I will ever live long enough to see that one.

  • woman
    April 02, 2013 - 21:38

    Let's get rid of the corruption and that is a great place to start! We have a de facto government violating human rights everywhere. Wake up, Sheople!

  • EDfromRED
    April 02, 2013 - 21:22

    This government must be modeling their messaging after Saddam Hussein's infamously deluded Information Minister. Doom and Gloom, Crime and Cut's abound, but for the PC's everything is coming up roses and these cut's are fantastic! Hmmm, I guess they are ignoring what happened when ugly reality could not match the blatent lies for ole Saddam.

  • Ann
    April 02, 2013 - 19:21

    For anyone that is unaware, Sheriffs work scheduled overtime every weekend, not only a long weekend. With 50% of Sheriffs gone, there is going to be worked lunches, no breaks, no holidays or leave requests fulfilled and weekends will be more difficult to manage since officers will have to be forced to work, hence overworked officers and low morale. Let us not mention more sick leave. Sheila is obviously not aware of what is going on in the dept and is most likely in a position close to K.D, where positions were not looked at and should be.

  • Guess who
    April 02, 2013 - 18:00

    Let it go Mr. Justice Minister.................riding Dunderdales coattail will get you NOWHERE! She will NEVER fill Danny's shoes.

  • picky
    April 02, 2013 - 13:17

    This govt couldn't manage an outhouse.

    • skipper
      April 02, 2013 - 14:31

      Wow Danny took nfld to a have province it didnt take Dunderdale and her puppets long to bring it back to a has been province. Or did Danny know what was about to happen and sucked Dunderdale in then parted ways with her. In my opinion if Dunderdale and her Puppets are in power after 2015 NFLD deserve what it gets. Dont be fooled by the money she will throw around before the election as you will pay for it after the election as you are paying for the last election now.Health,education,social services, justice and much more all taking a big hit lets not forget the unemployed that will now have to travel out of the province to support there family.But the NFLD govt. will want taxes from the money that they had to leave the province to earn to support there family.

  • concerned citizen
    April 02, 2013 - 12:42

    once again we see the govt. making drastic decisions without having any facts in front of them. As long as money is saved the govt. does not care about public safety. the justice system should be proactive when it comes to public safety, but instead they put safety at the way side in order to save a buck and hope for the best. their mentality is so archaic, and backwards. You cant operate on the principle "hopefully everything will operate fine" when safety is at stake you need to be certain that all avenues are covered. When is our govt going to wake up!! As many have said it is a great time to be a criminal!!

  • Greg
    April 02, 2013 - 12:41

    How do I *like* Chris' comment? The government that caused this are the ones who should be losing their jobs.

  • Chris Peters
    April 02, 2013 - 11:10

    When it comes to Use of Force I know one thing. Many hands means less force. Logic dictates that the opposite must also be true. I would not want to be the inmate acting out in the near future.

  • Paul T. Dunphy
    April 02, 2013 - 11:07

    Danny Williams recognized the void in security at the courts and implemented the sheriffs program to deal with that void. K.D. is now compromising that service by under staffing the positions. To further aggravate the situation she has sanctioned overtime for the remaining staff thereby increasing the cost of the service by at least .5 as overtime I assume is paid at 1.5 the regular pay rate. This government promotes the need to attract workers to our province yet they cut legitimate positions in a whim and potentially send trained workers to other provinces; Workers they will need later when the revenue from oil increases. The sad part is we the taxpayer will incur additional costs at that time to train new employees and the cycle begins again. Not a very effecient management decision !

    April 02, 2013 - 11:03

    I don't doubt Mrs Furlong at all I would like to see a copy of the e mail

  • Make Your Point
    April 02, 2013 - 10:30

    It has been a long-standing regularity that the Sheriff's officers have been receiving emails requesting for volunteers to go out of town and to work overtime shifts on the weekends. This was an issue prior to any of the lay offs received in the last few weeks. It does not even begin to speak to the overtime at the end of regular week day schedules and the short staff survival tactics the Sheriff's officers are forced to use on a daily basis to keep the public, clients, court rooms and holding cells safe. The Sheriff's officers who have been laid off have not reached their termination dates, and already the Sheriff's office is seeing the implications that the lay offs have placed on their team. It is unlikely that the court system will be capable of functioning without the presence of Sheriff's officers. At half staff, it goes without saying that the quality of the work will suffer. These cuts prove to us that the government does not understand the inner workings of the Justice system and it further suggests that there is no concern for justice to be served in this province. With criminal activity in Newfoundland & Labrador on the rise, as a society we cannot afford these cuts which advertise that justice will be less stringent in the future. Make your point to the Provincial Government! Cutting this essential team within the Justice System in half is the wrong decision for the people of Newfoundland & Labrador.

  • Sd Redgrave
    Sd Redgrave
    April 02, 2013 - 10:18

    Breaking up the Sheriff' officers is like breaking up friends and family, both at work and at home. Do any Sheriff officer's know if Sheriff Tina made the cut? Reason I wife was wearing Sheriff Tina's coat in the Telegram's file photo of her arrest. If Tina is gone....It is a truly sad week in St John's.

  • John Fitzgerald
    April 02, 2013 - 10:14

    The requested overtime was not for the past long weekend, it is for the upcoming weekend, as the courts are open on the weekend. Once again Sheila another individual making comments about things they know nothing about

  • Roxanne
    April 02, 2013 - 10:14

    In my opinion with the cuts in Justice, the government will pay out more money because the Sheriff's Office will incur much more overtime. As the weeks goes by, the government will see just how much these layoffs have effected not only need for excessive overtime rates to be paid out but more importantly the safety risk they are putting on Judges, Sheriff's, Court staff, offenders & the general public themselves. Someone needs to seriously take a look at these layoffs. Sure the government will save money, but is that worth jeopardizing people's safety....I THINK NOT.

  • Jeff
    April 02, 2013 - 10:14

    We need a provincal and federal election, now!!! Both levels of government have no clue they are singing from the same songbook of cut now figure it out later meanwhile wasting money left right and center multi million dollar ad campaigns to tell us how good a job they are doing, parties renovations and new furniture meanwhile people are losing their jobs. Thank you tories we should have known.

  • Jerome
    April 02, 2013 - 10:02

    Hi SHEILA - Are you a PC MHA or a party employee?

  • chase
    April 02, 2013 - 09:51

    Unless i am reading Ms.Furlongs press release wrong she is making reference to the weeking coming . Is Dunderdale giving the public service an additional long weekend in lue of her heartless decisions? If not this weekend coming is not a long weekend Shelia

  • Townie
    April 02, 2013 - 09:48

    I'm no mathematician but isn't it obvious that they will pay more in overtime pay as a result of forced overtime than they would in a regular salary to an extra person on staff. These cuts to the justice system do not make sense. The justice system in NL was challenged before these cuts I can only imagine what the province will look like after these cuts. Surly there are other areas where money is able to be saved rather than the justice department.

  • Brenda
    April 02, 2013 - 09:47

    I can't believe they are cutting the Sheriffs Office staff in half! I work at Atlantic Place (the same building Provincial Court is located) and see first hand the hardwork and dedication from those officers. They make me feel safe at work. There are a lot of individuals under the influence of drugs and alcohol in and around atlantic place everyday waiting for court. I have seen the Sheriffs take control of some scary situations. They need more, not less!! I think the safety of the remaining Sheriffs, court staff and public is at risk with the reduction of Sheriffs.

  • TimberJax
    April 02, 2013 - 09:38

    I believe the forced overtime is to be the policy on a go forward basis, not just on long weekends

  • dan
    April 02, 2013 - 09:34

    Poll Lane or Bootlick Kent must have changed their name to Sheila!

  • Sheila
    April 02, 2013 - 09:19

    On along weekend with Stat days many also take an extra day or 2 of vacation time. To ask for volunteers is not uncommon. Furlong is using a normal long weekend scenio with stat days to undermine a sound move on governments part. Has the telegram bothered to check to see what last year was like staff wise for the Easter weekend?

    • Rebecca
      April 02, 2013 - 09:54

      When I attended court on a recent weekend the courthouse doors weren't even open until just before court started, and then when I went in courthouse i was told if I leave courthouse I wouldn't be able to get back in! Sheriff's said they didn't have enough staff to keep courthouse doors open. I thought a courthouse was suppose to be a public building that is open during all court proceedings. As if attending court wasn't intimidating enough now u don't have freedom to enter and exit courthouse.

    • CHRIS
      April 02, 2013 - 10:31

      Time to lay off a few MHA's. Do we really need all the bodies ?

    • ed,
      April 02, 2013 - 13:58

      anyone with half a brain should be able to figure out that if it takes twenty people to do a job today, and then you layoff ten, then it stands to reason that the remaining ten will only be able to do half the work correctly tomorrow