Parish workers tell council to 'show them the money'
BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers in Baton Rouge have been waiting for a pay raise for years. Tuesday, the council spoke about raises for workers that were suggested, but never materialized.
A study done by the city-parish, completed in 2013, found employees are underpaid, when matched to comparable cities. The study called for a six percent raise, across the board.
The city is working on a plan, but it's not included in this year's budget.
"If we don't have the money now, are we just kind of hoping to have the money in the future?" asked John Delgado. "I'm not really sure that we have that answer."
Mayor Kip Holden said a raise could come by April, and the proposal would have to be revisited in the first quarter of the year. The raises could also mean a reduction in benefits.
The city is also calling to raise the city's base pay from $7.25 to $9 an hour.
The council will vote on the mayor's budget Dec. 9.