According to this Farmington Independent article, city employees are receiving their first raise since 2009 but healthcare payouts will be reduced as well.
From the article:
Last Wednesday, two of the city’s three bargaining units – the AFSCME Clerical, Technical and Professional Unit and the AFSCME Maintenance Unit – voted to accept a 1 percent pay increase but took a decrease in the amount the city contributes to health insurance.
The city will reduce its insurance contribution by more than $200 for some single-coverage policies and by more than $170 for some plans that cover the employee plus family.
In addition, the city’s department directors will receive a .5 percent raise in 2012. This, too, is the first pay increase since 2009.
Even with these raises which amount to $400 on a salary of $40,000 a year, will be largely offset by the increase on single-coverage policies (50%) as well as family plans. So while the staff are receiving raises, the raises really don’t provide much additional income.
With so many people in the private sector being laid off and/or continuing the same three+ year pay freezes while seeing higher healthcare costs, do you think it’s appropriate for the public sector to receive raises? Do you think you’ll see a raise in 2012? Do you think you should have to pay higher taxes at least in part due to this raise? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.