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Pa. City Reverses Minimum Wage Pay for Police

August 01, 2012  | 

Scranton, Pa., and its police, fire and public works unions have reached a settlement over Mayor Chris Doherty's decision to cut city employees' pay to minimum wage for one pay period earlier this month.

Under the agreement, which was reached Saturday, the city will pay the employees in full for the withheld wages, along with 6 percent interest, by Aug. 17.

The unions agreed to drop a petition asking Judge Michael Barrasse to find Doherty in contempt for defying a court order that barred the city from cutting wages to $7.25 an hour.

Read the full Times-Tribune story.


Pa. Mayor Cuts Police Pay To Minimum Wage

Comments (12)

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michael @ 8/2/2012 6:32 PM

Sounds like a win for the employees. However, it is time to get that jerk MAYOR out of office.

Robocop @ 8/2/2012 6:57 PM

I agree with Michael. This was probably the most asinine thing that any mayor in US History has tried to do!

R. G. Montgomery @ 8/2/2012 8:27 PM

Now we see how long it takes until the city goes bankrupt. California is currently leading the way, but others are sure to follow.

Scoul74 @ 8/3/2012 2:01 AM

Whats your life worth R. G.? At the end of the day if you run towards gunfire or into a fire, your life is only worth what you get paid to do it. 7.50$ hardly seems worth it, what was your number R. G.? Would you stare at a loaded gun for 7.50$? You want to save money. You can send your entire municipal or county work force to the unemployment line, but if you spare your police and fire at least you'll be safe (or safer). How many of your co-workers were gunned down just because they put there work clothes on? Further, don't call 911. Let those public safety personnel respond to people who know nothing in life is free.

Larry @ 8/3/2012 5:51 AM

Scoul74 good reply. R. G. it's not like police, fire, DPW workers make big bucks, like shop workers use to and shome still do. The avearge police officer make $45, 000 a year depending on where they work. Then they put in a major percentage towards there retirement out of that wage. Until you walk in the shoes think before you speak!!!!!!

jack @ 8/3/2012 6:45 AM

It seem that Larry and Scoul74 forget who pays there salary, the taxpayer. Where I disagree with how the Mayor handle this, Police officers, Firemen choose a profession of integrity, your union have turned into always for more money. Who cares about the other workers, who cares about the city and taxpayers, it a me always me now, most of you think your hero already and your not, the heroes were 911, and most you are trying to rip from what they did. Citizens are getting tired of paying for all your benefits, while we struggle. Let take it to voters and see about this. Mayor place it on the ballot and get rid of this greed for these unions.

Denise @ 8/3/2012 7:21 AM

Jack -- You no not of what you speak and you are on the wrong site. This is a police forum. The brothers and sisters who put there lives on the line on 9-11 were just the same as the "greedy hero rip-offs" as you put it. They are self-less in their duty to protect your rear-end and would be the same ones who would run into a burning building, pull you out of a car wreck, or save you from a stand-off situation. Their families hold their breath every day hoping they will come home and not sacrafice themselves for an idiot like you. I wonder how you would react if your employer cut your wages more than 60% and took away your retirement benefits? Oh wait, you probably don't have a job. If you want to complain about paying for benefits, call your local senator who gets paid over $100K per year, for life, and receives health benefits for life.

Lisa @ 8/3/2012 10:02 AM

I see both sides. So many states are now requiring mandatory furlough days (no pay) over the course of the year. I'd be willing to take a one time, one pay period reduction if it will help. But, I'd like to see all of the City employees take the same hit. One pay period a year with low pay is better than 12 mandatory furlough days a year without any pay at all. Did that Mayor take a pay hit too?

Larry @ 8/3/2012 10:02 AM

Jack--- Again it depends on where you live, the residence in my area pay between $125.00 to $200.00 dollars a year for police protection. If you even pay taxes check them to see how much you really pay for police protection.

Tedb @ 8/3/2012 11:18 AM

Dusn't enyboddy prufreed ther responzez enymoor? I'm amazed at how many professional report-writers have no clue to the difference between "there" and "their" and "no" and "know". Also, while I can certainly disagree with some of the posts on our forum here, I strongly support those such as Larry above who respond with instruction and commonsense, rather than personal attacks on the anomalous responders. Whether we like it or not, they also have the right to post their thoughts here.

KB @ 8/3/2012 6:00 PM

Have I missed something about tax breaks for emergency services employees. The last time I checked I was paying taxes. Just because I pin on a shield when I go to work doesn't automatically exempt from paying taxes.

[email protected] @ 8/3/2012 10:35 PM

RG, go away. I'm willing to bet you don't wear blue or any other service related color. I'll also bet YOU wouldn't stand for your boss cutting your pay to minimum wage. Oh, and Tedb, "commonsense" is two words, not one. And I don't even write reports anymore!!

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