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Growing Number of Reservists Get Pay Break

Thursday, 27 September 2001 12:00 AM

Among those getting the pay beak are employees at some of the nation's most visible corporations - United Parcel Service, Ford Motor Co. and Burger King Corp.

Joining in are some governments like the state of Florida and Miami-Dade County, Fla. Tarrant County, Texas, where Fort Worth is located, is considering the policy.

The Pentagon said the number of Reserve and National Guard members called so far is 14,318. Under the partial mobilization order President Bush signed after the attacks Sept. 11 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as many as 50,000 could be called.

A survey of 200 companies in various industries by the Chicago-based placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas showed most larger companies were doing something for the reservists starting with guaranteeing their jobs when they return.

"With the small and medium companies it's more on a catch as catch can basis," said John A. Challenger, the firm's chief executive.

"Many companies have stepped up and recognize now is the time to honor those in the military," Challenger said. "The fact that companies are willing to continue paying employees who could be on extended leave is a testament to their commitment to supporting their employees and the country."

UPS, with 4,000-5,000 employees in the reserve, will pay the difference in pay and insurance benefits. And the Atlanta company isn't stopping there.

"We're aware that there are other problems for the people left behind. Our human resources department will call the family every week to see if there are such things as car pool problems, or if an elderly family member needs a lawn mowed," said Paula Fulford, a UPS spokeswoman.

"We want to make sure that their financial needs, and everyday things are taken care of," she said. "We feel a responsibility. This is the right thing to do."

Kim Miller at Burger King in Miami said the firm has fewer than 1,000 employees in the reserves, and will pay the differential and for health insurance for employees on active duty for up to 90 days.

Ford sent an e-mail to its employees this week, telling them: "Under the national emergency declared by the president, more than a million guard and reserve troops can be called to active duty. In response to this call, Ford will be following our policy for such military leaves."

The company said the policy means it will grant leave and voluntarily make up the difference between the amount employees make from the military and their usual salary.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his Cabinet this week passed a resolution that goes a little further than most. State agencies will give employees full pay in addition to their military pay for the first 30 days and make up the difference after that.

"This resolution makes it clear that we will stand by our military personnel," said Jeb Bush, the president's younger brother. "I also want to encourage local governments and private employers who are able to join us in supporting those serving their country by doing the same."

Among those following the state's lead was its largest county, Miami-Dade.

In Texas, Tarrant County government officials are considering supplemental pay for 47 county employees who could be called up for military duty Commissioners could vote on the issue next week. Human Resources Director Gerald Wright said he is trying to determine if supplemental pay is a legal option.

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