Pay increase for city workers

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Now that the pension reform law, along with the five-year wage freeze on city workers has expired, the pension debt and wages are beginning to spike again.Pay hikes for city workers over the next few years range from a two percent to 30 percent, adding another $15.8 million to the pension debt.City officials call this “special salary adjustments” to keep experienced people on the job and to lower employee turnover rates.The average salary across the city workforce is $70,000.These raises come as the city is projecting deficits.Are they necessary?“It’s a step in the wrong direction and there will be more steps following it, and this all accumulates so over time as we get an ever more expensive city workforce, unnecessarily expensive, and that’s the key, they think its a necessity, its not,” said Chairman of the San Diego Taxfighters, Richard Rider.Rider said the city’s justification for the pay hikes, above average turnover, is bogus for two reasons. The first, above average compared to what?“City workers don’t leave. It’s not like the private sector. The private sector has a turnover, even high-quality companies have a turnover. That’s two, three times higher than government,” Rider said.Yet, Rider said the private sector is doing well.The second reason is Rider likens the pay hikes to a ratchet situation.“It goes up for people who are above average in turnover and the people below average still get an overpriced salary, we know it’s overpriced cause nobody leaves,” he said.Except for the cops who had legitimate retention issues, Rider said the turnover rate is not a problem across the workforce.The cops were kept under the old, and lucrative pension system, yet they too were given raises up to 30 percent between this July and 2020.Six hundred other city workers will get raises from two percent to 30 percent in 2019 and 2020, on top of the 3.3 percent raise coming this July.“Basically because the city council is beholding to the public employee labor unions, when you get honest about it that’s really what’s in play here,” Rider said.The pay hikes will put pressure on the city budget, at a time when the city’s five-year plan is showing deficits.“It will reduce services because as our city workforce becomes more and more expensive, and the unfunded liability continues to grow, which it is,” Rider added.The pension debt has grown from $2 billion to $2.8 billion over the last two years.And the taxpayer’s annual contribution is also growing. It was about $50 million 15 years ago. This July’s payment will be $323 million. Steve Bosh, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Steve Bosh Pay increase for city workerscenter_img Updated: 10:55 PM Posted: April 11, 2018 April 11, 2018last_img

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