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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 07/01/2008

It's Payday for City Summer Workers

The city may be on the road to working out its payment kinks in its Summer Youth jobs program.

Today was the first payday for students who started work on June 16, and at least 10 participants were paid right on time.

That hasn't been the case in years past, when students confronted demagnetized payment cards, ATMs that wouldn't give them their money, and other problems. Last summer, nearly 600 workers weren't able to draw their wages on time.

"I'm very surprised. I'm also very glad, though," said Cherita Whiting, whose son is in the program and has had problems in the past.

Whiting also supervises 10 summer youth workers, all of whom were paid on time. "It only took three years to get it right," Whiting said.

This year, the city switched to a Visa debit card payment system, which administrators hoped would be more reliable and cost-effective.

The cards still carry potential fees for withdrawals -- workers can use ATMs in the Allpoint network for a free withdrawal once per biweekly pay period, but anything beyond that carries a standard ATM usage fee.

The D.C. Wire contacted Whiting because she was quoted in the June story about the debit card changes. But if you have your own story, good or bad, about the payments, leave it in the comments section.

Michael Birnbaum

By Marcia Davis  |  03:15 PM ET, 07/01/2008

Categories:  City Life

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