TDOT Budget Cuts Change Work-watch Ratio 

TDOT Budget Cuts Change Work-watch Ratio; Now only four observers assigned per worker

Now only four observers assigned per worker

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is changing its worker allocation on job sites throughout the state to save money, commissioner Gerald Nicely announced last week.

Previously, TDOT personnel policies had called for five workers to stand around watching one person actually doing work. Under the new budget cuts, that ratio will be reduced to four observers per worker.

“It was a tough decision to make, but we all know these are tight times for our state and nation, and sacrifices have to be made,” Nicely said at a news conference to announce the change.

Predictably, TDOT employees weren’t happy.

“Some guys have put in 10 or 15 years on the job watching others work at sites all over the state, and all of a sudden they’re just told they aren’t needed any more. It’s tough,” lamented one TDOT employee.

“The only bright spot in all this,” the employee added, “is that they didn’t touch Gojo.”

Speculation had been that Nicely’s cuts would focus on Gojo, the famous TDOT chimpanzee who chooses the location for state work projects by flinging darts at a map of the state, but once again the talented monkey kept his position and his state-funded apartment.

“We’re not touching Gojo,” Nicely said. “He is central to our mission, and these budget cuts, painful as they are, will not cripple our central mission.”

The “teflon chimp” has proved immune to several waves of TDOT budget cutting and seems secure, but Nicely refused to rule out future staff cuts.

“Cutting the number of work-watchers from five to four is all we’re going to do for now, but I don’t know what the future may bring,” he said.

“We know that some other states operate with as few as two observers for each working employee. We certainly hope and pray that TDOT is never in such a drastic position as to need to cut that deeply.”

(The Fabricator is satire. Don’t believe everything you read.)

“We know that some other states operate with as few as two observers for each working employee. We certainly hope and pray that TDOT is never in such a drastic position as to need to cut that deeply.”

(The Fabricator is satire. Don’t believe everything you read.)

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