Monday, July 14, 2008

Bonuses for Severed Crown Employees

Hounding by the Regina Leader-Post revealed that some crown employees who no longer work for Saskatchewan Crowns will get bonuses purportedly designed for retention.

Unfortunately this information isn't easy to find. The "short term incentive" list (a list that CIC actually didn't initially include Monday with the 2007 payee report until Leader-Post reporter Angela Hall repeatedly asked for it) did not include nine other CIC executives who were recently let go.

But [CIC President Ron] Styles said in an interview Thursday that only former CIC vice-president Dale Schmeichel has settled on his bonus (which might have been as much as 12 per cent, or $26,073 of his $197,323 salary).

Others in line for as much as a 12-per-cent bonus include: SaskPower executives Bill Jones (eligible for a bonus of as much as $23,679 on top of his $217,283 salary); David Hughes ($26,894 on top of his $224,115 salary); Gordon Nystuen ($27,212 above his $226,770 salary); Myron Gulka-Tiechko ($22,245 on top of his $185,379 salary); SaskTel executive Diana Milenkovic ($27,014 on top of her $225,122 salary); SGI executive Cheryl Barber ($24,485 on top of a $204,040 salary), and:

Information Services Corp. executive Bev Bradshaw ($17,483 on top of her $145,691 salary). Meanwhile former STC executives John Millar and Ingrid Reid would be legible for bonuses of as much as 10 per cent of their respective $101,354 and $102,921 salaries.

Of course, the actual amount may vary from the above estimates and most will have to sue or negotiate these bonuses as part of their settlement packages. But Styles make no bones about the fact that these fired government executives all remain eligible for the retention bonuses and that the government will likely have to pay them.

Your tax dollars at work, folks.

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