Council approves raises for city-parish workers
BATON ROUGE - City workers got a raise Wednesday afternoon following a vote by the Metro Council and deals worked out with unions.
Raises would vary from 2-4.5% based on how long employees have worked with the city-parish. A study conducted two years ago found City-Parish workers are some of the most underpaid government workers in the south.
"This is not something to leave alone," Herman Addison, a DPW employee told the council ahead of the vote for the raise. "We are glad to get the two percent, but we are not satisfied with that. We are going to keep pursuing this," he added before thanking the council for listening.
Union representatives had expressed concern with the percentage increase and wanted a slightly higher, six-percent raise.
Following a short presentation by the mayor and William Daniel, the city's CAO, the council unanimously approved the raises and administrative matters that go along with an increase.
This year, the raises will cost about $4.9 million more since they don't begin until April 4. Next year, the raises will cost about $6.6 million. The mayor's office has already decided how to cover the increase in pay, from general funds and added revenues.
Minimum wage will also be increased; now the least an hourly employee will make is about $9.30/hour.
The pay raise package cancels longevity raises and makes changes to sick leave accruals for workers hired after April 4. Also, birthday holidays will be eliminated.
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