Unions In Scranton, Pa., Sue Over City Worker Pay Cut

Unions In Scranton, Pa., Sue Over City Worker Pay Cut

by The Associated Press

July 11, 2012

A fiscal and political crisis in the nearly-broke northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton deepened Tuesday as public employee unions sought to have the mayor held in contempt of court after he defied a judge and slashed workers’ pay to minimum wage.

Unions representing firefighters, police and public-works employees also filed a pair of federal lawsuits against Mayor Chris Doherty and the city that alleged violations of labor law and due-process rights.

Roger Leonard, a heavy equipment operator for the city of Scranton, Pa., saw his pay plunge to $340 from about $900 for two weeks’ work after the mayor cut city-employee pay to minimum wage.

Doherty last week ignored a court order and cut the pay of about 400 city workers to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The Democratic mayor said it was all the cash-strapped city of more than 76,000 could afford, promising to restore full pay once finances are stabilized.

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3 Responses to Unions In Scranton, Pa., Sue Over City Worker Pay Cut

  1. gideon says:

    Three cities in California have filed for bankruptcy protection in the past 2 weeks. Stockton, Mammoth Lakes and San Bernardino.

    • cromwellswar says:

      The spiders web is becoming clearer by the day Cousin. Force folk into poverty and use Kissinger’s weapon of choice, starvation.
      As an aside, rumours are rife here that Gordon Brown sold off half of the English gold to bail out an American bank. Now if true, and it looks as though it maybe, well their plans and scheme are unravelling fast 🙂

  2. signifer4 says:

    It should be known that Mayor Chris Doherty also cut his own pay! You can’t get blood from a stone…If you don’t have the money.

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