According to this article which appeared in a recent edition of SunThisweek, Farmington’s City Council wants to eliminate merit pay for public sector employees because they were originally tied to specific projects which may have ended.
From the article:
McKnight said the issue will be discussed during union negotiations, and he expects the city will need to conduct a wage study to determine fair and equitable salaries for employees.
Council Member Christy Jo Fogarty said the program was likely instituted because public sector jobs traditionally have not paid as well as private industry.
However, the economic downturn has reduced private sector pay and benefits, yet the public sector has not followed suit, she said.
Merit pay in the public sector has always been a complete and utter failure. It has never been shown to increase productivity or quality. While there are many reasons for this failure, and not one can be singled out as the real reason, the real question is why Farmington enacted the change in the first place without a framework in place to support its use? The second question is why it took this long to figure it out and begin work to do something about it?
What do you think about public sector merit-pay based systems? Do you think that they work and should be utilized if setup properly? Are you concerned that your own city may have had merit-pay based systems in place and running unchecked for a decade or more? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.