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Minimum wage for everyone! Scranton, PA mayor takes heat for slashing police, fire dept. paychecks

Friday, July 6, 2012

Minimum wage for everyone! Scranton, PA mayor takes heat for slashing police, fire dept. paychecks


The mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania says he will defy a judge’s injunction and pay a few hundred city workers only minimum-wage because anything more will bankrupt the sixth-largest town in the state.

Nearly 400 city employees — including police officers, firefighters and staffers with the Department of Public Works — will be compensated with only $7.25 per hour starting with this week’s paycheck and continuing until Scranton can scrape together enough money to avoid bankruptcy.

Mayor Chris Doherty announced last Wednesday that 398 city workers will have their pay adjusted to the federal minimum wage starting with this Friday’s paycheck. On Thursday, July 5, unions representing local firefighters, police officers and other public workers filed a lawsuit to keep the city from breaking the salary agreements that are included in the contracts it has with its employees..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/scranton-pay-minimum-police-526/

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