The LuLac Edition #1076, Jan. 20th, 2010
LENNY AND FACEBOOK
Apparently there is a big deal going on about the fact that Luzerne County Board of Elections head Leonard Piazza is working on his FaceBook page while at work. Here’s my take on this.
1. Piazza is a salaried employee. He can take his lunch or a few minutes out of the day to do anything he wants. Last I heard there is no policy for someone checking the internet.
2. If Piazza is going to be criticized for posting on FaceBook or Twitter when he is working his set hours, then I personally think he should be commended for responding to questions “after hours”. Let me explain. There have been at least 6 occasions when I e mailed Piazza through my personal e mail account or through FaceBook on a question I was researching for LuLac. Every single time it was after 8pm at night. His response was within 15 minutes every single time. Piazza answered business related questions after his shift. Today Sue Henry suggested that a letter be put in his file saying he was posting on FaceBook during the day. I’ll gladly write a counter letter of praise to that reprimand (if there is one) saying Piazza answered my inquiry after regular business hours.
3. Employers have different rules on using the Internet. I have worked for some companies where I used my lunch hour to publish LuLac. I even worked for one company that allowed me to write my books if there was down time. The agreement was that when called upon to do my work, my writing took second place. And I might add I was an hourly employee. Plus if I had a nickel for everytime I saw a Supervisor looking at purses or recipes on a business computer, I'd be in a mansion in Jamaica.
4. Piazza is a victim of the theory that everybody under the dome is dirty or corrupt. He has done an incredible job of disseminating information to campaigns and the media. And he has not favored one group over the other. Len Piazza should not be pilloried in the community for social networking during the day when he is at work. To do so is to make a mountain out of a molehill and defame the character and work ethic of a good man.