Most Fort Worth city employees were told to stay home for two days during the ice storm, but now, they're finding out that the unexpected days off will cost them.
It may be that ice all around the Metroplex is melting, but a certain memo to City of Fort Worth employees about missed days from work is being referred to by some as coldhearted.
On Tuesday, the city informed its workers that "Per policy, staff will need to use accrued time for any work missed because of closures."
Pete Talleos, union President of local 9527, the North Texas Association of Public Employees, says that's not how it's been handled in the past.
"The general employee has no control of what goes on with the weather, and they shouldn't be penalized if they're told not to come to work," he said.
The case in point the union turns to for comparison is the week of the 2011 Super Bowl.
A memo was circulated back then following the city closure because of bad weather. It said that most employees would "…receive an additional 16 hours of personal holiday time to compensate for the two days city facilities closed for inclement weather."
"It's very inconsistent, and I think what needs to be done because there's some inconsistencies about the inclement weather policy, they need to revisit it and update it," said Talleos.
FOX 4 asked the city to clarify the discrepancy in two very different responses. We were told the city manager's office would issue a statement soon.
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