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Half-staff calls for time-and-a-half?

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Forced to cut some 180 employees to make budget, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) sent an e-mail requesting remaining employees to work overtime to manage its caseload. The union that represents DCFS staff called the idea “nonsensical” and refused the request.

“It’s dangerous,” said Anders Lindall, spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “It puts more kids at risk.”

DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe said the agency requested overtime for training as it restructures.

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