They tried to make you feel sorry for the janitors at the White House who were going to be so devastated by having their overtime cut. The truth turns out to be quite the opposite. They didn’t even get much overtime to begin with.
At a news conference Friday, President Barack Obama said that janitors at the Capitol "just got a pay cut" because of the automatic federal spending cuts imposed by the sequester deal. The Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler gave the president Four Pinocchios for that statement. He writes, "Especially after senior officials at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), the federal agency that employ janitors on the House side, and the office of the Sergeant at Arms (SAA), which employs janitors on the Senate side, issued statements saying the president’s comments were not true."
Here is one quote.
“You know, those Capitol janitors will not get as much overtime. I’m sure they think less pay, that they’re taking home, does hurt.”
— Gene Sperling, director of the White House economic council, on ABC News’ “This Week,” March 3, 2013
Bret H. Swanson, assistant sergeant at arms for operations and the manager of cleaning technicians, said 27 people are employed on the night cleaning shift and 16 people on a day shift; a majority of the cleaning takes place at night. There is a differential for the overnight shift, so the night janitors earn an average of $51,644 a year and the day janitors earn an average of $49,481.
And the overtime pay? It averaged $304 per employee in fiscal year 2012 and $388 per employee thus far in the current fiscal year. “Cleaning technicians do not earn what I would consider to be a great deal of overtime pay,” Swanson said.