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Wow, some Amtrak employees are the most ‘overworked’ people in history

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By Doug Powers  •  June 23, 2015 10:35 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

U.S. taxpayers chip in about $1.4 billion every year towards Amtrak, and Democrats have been pushing for a funding increase. Maybe the Dems are right. After all, some Amtrak employees have proven themselves to be hard workers… really, really, really hard workers:

The audit released by Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) Thursday found examples of abuse in the overtime system, which totaled nearly $200 million in overtime pay last year.
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One such trend was employees claiming the impossible feat of working 48 hours in a single day.

“Employees reported 1,357 days in which they worked more than 24 regular and overtime hours,” the OIG said. “Ten employees reported working at least 40 hours in a day.”

Of those 10 employees, a serving attendant in the Café Car, who earns an average of $23 an hour, recorded 47.95 hours in one day, 31.01 of which were recoded as overtime.

Numerous employees also claimed to work 20-hour days. There were 1,891 timesheets that recorded a range of 22 to 24 hours in a single day, and 7,145 that listed between 20 and 22 hours in one day.

Another troubling finding that likely indicates abuse of Amtrak’s payroll system was the high number of employees claiming overtime. Some employees reported over 74 hours of overtime on top of a normal 40-hour week. Amtrak’s overtime is paid at either 1.5 or 2 times the hourly rate.

One employee, a locomotive technician, claimed to have worked 130 hours in a single week, with 90 hours of overtime on top of 40 hours of regular time. There are 168 hours in a week.

Another train attendant claimed 110.56 hours of overtime in a single week, and no regular hours.

That’s so much “work” they make the people who constructed the First Transcontinental Railroad look like part-timers.

The aforementioned workers couldn’t be reached for comment because they were all at their beach houses in the Hamptons.

**Written by Doug Powers

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