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Scranton, PA, Defies Court Order; Reduces Police Officers, Firefighters’ Pay To Minimum Wage

Via: Think Progress

Ignoring a federal judge’s injunction, Scranton, Pennsylvania moved ahead with its plan to reduce the pay of city workers to the federal minimum wage starting Friday. Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty claims the city is broke and that the minimum wage payments are all it can possibly pay, the Scranton Times Tribune reports:

Amid Scranton’s ever-deepening financial crisis, Mayor Chris Doherty said his administration is going forward with a plan to unilaterally slash the pay of 398 workers to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour with today’s payroll, insisting it is all the city can afford.

That will likely earn administration officials an appointment with Judge Michael Barrasse, who granted the city’s police, fire and public works unions a special injunction temporarily barring the administration from imposing the pay cuts after a brief hearing Thursday.

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Many of those workers are police officers, firefighters, and other public safety workers, industries that have been slammed by contractions in state and local budgets since the Great Recession. Congressional Republicans repeatedly blocked efforts to extend aid to the states that would have helped shore up their budgets and keep these workers on payroll. In the case of Scranton, such aid may have helped the city actually pay its workers a living wage instead of a federal minimum that hasn’t been raised since 2006 and has less buying power than it had in 1968.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/07/08/512572/scranton-minimum-wage-workers/

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July 10, 2012 - Posted by | We Are the 99 Percent | , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Now there is an America to be proud of. Sounds harsh? Well the truth often does. We live in a nation were the people who actually contribute meaningfully to society are always left holding the bag while bent over the barrel. Meanwhile CEO’s reward themselves with record bonuses and obscene salaries all as a reward for driving our economy into the ground. When will we wake up as a citizenry and stop pointing fingers at one or the other party (Dems and Repub) and recognize that they both bear the responsibility for the mess we are sliding into, it happened on their watch. Its time for a change, time to elect different leaders, both at the local and federal level. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result…. America has gone insane. As long as we keep electing the kinds of leeches we do, we the average working American will continue to be bleed dry. America can be great, we can be the greatest nation on earth, we have amazing people in this nation who do amazing things each and every day. Maybe we should give those kind of people a chance to lead. It would be hard to do a whole lot worse.

    Comment by webrn1969 | July 13, 2012 | Reply


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