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Pa. Mayor Cuts Police Pay To Minimum Wage

July 10, 2012  | 

The police and fire unions in Scranton, Pa., promised a federal lawsuit challenging the mayor's decision to pay them the federal minimum wage as a budget-balancing tactic.

The unions, which include the Fraternal Order of Police E.B. Jermyn Lodge 2, seek to overturn Mayor Chris Doherty's move to pay officers and firefighters $7.25 per hour in their Friday paychecks even though a judge ordered full wages.

The unions' attorney Thomas Jennings said the unions could sue on at least four violations. "Pick a law. They violated it," Jennings told the Times-Tribune.


Comments (13)

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KC Snell @ 7/10/2012 4:01 PM

Where to Mayor/City managers come from, that think like that. How about you Mayor, City managers, City counsel members, Department Heads, work for the same wages. A lot of the previous mentioned, even if they don't balance budgets, the can be fired, and walk off (a failure) and still receive a large exit bonus????

michael @ 7/10/2012 4:49 PM

What an AH........Where the Hell does this Mayor think he is. Lets get an arrest warrant from the Judge for violation of court order. I'm sure we can find him a jail cell where he would be as welcome as a turd in a swimming pool or he leaves jail with that pulsating urge in ass. What a real piece of s-it.

Robocop @ 7/10/2012 4:57 PM

What kind of idiotic grandstanding is this fool doing? He knows that this is illegal and will no stand. Is he that desperate to look like he is actually doing something to save costs? How about he cut his staff down to one Secretary? Police and Fire and EMS should be well paid if for no other reason than how badly this job wears on the human body and psyche

Frank @ 7/10/2012 5:44 PM

Hey Mayor and your working for free just like Govenor Mitt Romney did in Massachusetts correct? You know the song "Take this Job and Shove It" I hope your up for re-election soon. A mayor should always support Police and Fire services its the back bone of the community. Citizens expect these services. Did you ever have Civics in high school? So did you review the school budget and cut the teachers wages?

Tom Ret @ 7/10/2012 6:49 PM

Cities need to cut their budgets but this sounds ridiculous. I bet the major
did not include himself in the minimum wage deal.

Morning Eagle @ 7/10/2012 8:08 PM

What an incredibly ignorant and shortsighted mayor. Guess what, you pay minimum wage you end up with minimum qualified personnel if you have any left at all. Law enforcement and fire fighting require the highest levels of dedication and skill. The jobs are very demanding of officers and their families. They can also be deadly and too often are. You cannot get people with those qualifications for $7.25 an hour. I hope they win their suit against you in a very timely manner and that you go find a minimum wage job you might be smart enough to hold for a week or two before you apply for unemployment.

[email protected] @ 7/10/2012 9:00 PM

I got a better idea!. Why not isolate certain areas of the city where you don't respond? You know, the mayors block, the city mgrs block, any area near ANY city councel members house, etc. That way you can save enough from these positions, which would soon be vacant, to pay LEOs & Fire a decent wage.

Dan B @ 7/11/2012 6:46 AM

If the truth be known, how much of the budget woes are because of poor management and idiotic decisions by the elected officials. If this guy thinks he can do that, my guess is about 100%

Sky @ 7/11/2012 12:12 PM

What do you do if there was no money?. Suppose all the money was gone for whatever reason and no one could get paid and the National Guard had to be activated to provide Police service. ( Not that they could handle the job of an LEO) Sorry I would rather have a minimum wage job than no job. I guess I just made the hate list.

Sky @ 7/11/2012 12:15 PM

BTW, I also think the mayor should also cut his salary and eliminate perks to be an example. If not, vote him out.

Adam @ 7/11/2012 12:25 PM

This is the same mayor who has been in office for numberous years and has cut the police and fire dept to the bare minimal. But he has never touched his pay or any other person in city hall.

I live in central PA and heard this on the news and it is nothing but BS.

Ed @ 7/12/2012 4:55 AM

I don't want to live in a city or township where my police department is paying their officers minimum wage !!

Kal @ 9/5/2012 4:17 PM

This is absurd. These officers have families to attend to. I am a criminal justice major and if this happened to a department I was considering working for, there is no way I would go with them. This is disgusting considering what the police do for communities.

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