HR Strange But True!
May 19, 2003

Robert Fabiszak, 53, spent 360 days on the job last year as a police officer for the New York Port Authority.

In the process, he racked up 3,737 overtime hours.

And as a result, he saw his pay come close to quadrupling, from a base salary of $70,344 to $280,403.

The New York Post reports that Fabiszak heads a list of almost 200 Port Authority officers who at least doubled their base salaries last year, thanks to mandatory-overtime requirements and heightened security requirements in and around New York City.

The Post reports that post-September 11 security concerns led to a requirement that Port Authority officers work 72 hours a week during the first four months of last year. In May "it was adjusted to 60 hours - 12 hours a day for five days a week. Anything above the eight hours was overtime," PA spokesman Greg Trevor said.

But Fabiszak went beyond that, volunteering to log extra overtime. Trevor noted that adding Fabiszak's straight time of 1,512 hours to his OT and dividing by 360 meant he worked about 14.5 hours daily.

"I worked nights, days, whatever they needed," Fabiszak told the Post.

"We were at war," he added. "I did my part."

The Post reported that the stress and strain of working so many hours contributed to Fabiszak's decision to retire at the start of this year.

Source: The New York Post

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