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Mayor of Scranton cuts city workers' pay to Minimum Wage ($7.25 an hour)

 
Borat Sagdiyev
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Mayor of Scranton cuts city workers' pay to Minimum Wage ($7.25 an hour)
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The city does not have sufficient money to pay its employees so the mayor reduced the wages of all employees, including
police, firefighters, and his own, to Pennsylvania's minimum wage — $7.25 an hour.

The government of the city of 76,000 has a $16.8 million deficit and does not have enough money to pay its workers
their regular salaries. So on June 27, Mayor Chris Doherty announced that beginning on July 6, all 400 city employees
would be paid the minimum wage.

The city's unions took the city to court. The International Business Times reports that on July 6, a judge ruled the
city had to pay its employees their regular wages even though the city has no money.
The judge found the city was
breaking the law by paying only the minimum wage.

Doherty concedes he broke the law after issuing the minimum wage cheques right after the judge's ruling. But he said he
had no other choice. Doherty told NPR, "I'm trying to do the best I can with the limited amount of funds that I have. I
want the employees to get paid. Our people work hard—our police and fire—I just don't have enough money and I can't
print it in the basement."

After paying everyone the minimum wage, the city only had $5,000 remaining in its coffers.

Firefighter John Judge usually receives about $1500 every two weeks. Last Friday, he was paid less than $600. Judge
was quoted by WBUR as saying, "Don't know how I'm going to pay bills at home. I may be able to stave it off for a
little while. The kids aren't going to be able to do certain activities this summer — maybe we're not going to be able to
go on vacation."


Doherty, a Democrat, is at odds with the Democratic council about how to resolve the budget deficit. Business Week
reports Doherty wants to increase property taxes 78% over three years and impose a $22 garbage collection fee over two
years. The council says that's too much.

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The Mayor tried to do what he could because the town has no money. The people don't give a shit, they just want the money to materialize out of no where. Stubborness and reluctance to sacrifice in times of hardship are hallmarks of a country that is going down fast.
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A symptom of greedy Unionized public servants.
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Re: Mayor of Scranton cuts city workers' pay to Minimum Wage ($7.25 an hour)
Not much to tax but yourselves once you kill all the slaves and are to lazy to work and send all your yobs to china.

Looks like you going to be the slaves now.....

Do believe there is a bit in the bible about that.
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A symptom of greedy Unionized public servants.
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I'm loving the fact that the pig fucking piece of shit cops are getting minimum wage. They're finally getting what they deserve..... Besides bullets.
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Not much to tax but yourselves once you kill all the slaves and are to lazy to work and send all your yobs to china.

Looks like you going to be the slaves now.....

Do believe there is a bit in the bible about that.
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Yup!

Mainstream media says that we don't have the manpower or the know how to build or do anything. Looks like they're right.
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That's what unchecked immigration does. Maybe these city employees should have enforced the immigration laws!
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A symptom of greedy Unionized public servants.

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I'm loving the fact that the pig fucking piece of shit cops
are getting minimum wage. They're finally getting what they
deserve..... Besides bullets.

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Actually cops deserve more.


But the other Union workers should get less and work for tips.

Maybe that would get them off their lazy asses and get them hustling again!

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from carbondale here, doherty just signed his death warrant in term of winning the next election...
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Good find, OP. 5 stars and suggest pin!!

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