We hear some stations managers have been staffing 24 hour New Year’s Eve on a budget. Rather than let people choose whether to work through the night and pay them an enhanced payment as a thank you, some managers moved reserve CSAs from dead lates to night shifts with only a few days’ notice. To add insult to injury, the reserve staff were told that they were not entitled to the enhanced payment because they hadn’t volunteered. What a delightful way to thank someone who has been forced to cancel their New Year’s plans!
Management should not get away with this. The enhanced payment is for all who work the night shift, whether by choice or by force. New Year’s staffing should be decided in consultation with local reps, and it should be staffed by volunteers. No one should be forced to have their New Year’s Eve ruined.