posted on Jul, 10 2012 @ 12:02 PM
Scranton, Pa., slashes
workers' pay to minimum wage
Unions representing civil servants in the city of Scranton, Pa., are girding for battle after the mayor announced recently that he would be
cutting pay for police, firefighters, garbage collectors and other public workers to minimum wage. The unions' attorney, Thomas Jennings, told the
Scranton Times-Tribune Tuesday that they would be filing a lawsuit against Mayor Chris Doherty in federal court under the Fair Labor Standards Act
accusing the city of failing to pay wages on time and failing to pay overtime. The lawsuit will be among several legal actions the unions may take
after Doherty made the announcement last Friday that the city's 398 workers would be paid $7.25 an hour because the city was running out of money.
The Times-Tribune, quoting City Business Manager Ryan McGowan, reported that as of Monday the city had $133,000 in cash, but owed $3.4
million in vendor bills. One of those bills was health insurance, McGowan said. Jennings said the unions also will again ask a local judge to hold
Doherty in contempt of court for violating a judge's order to pay workers their full wages.
Yet another American city is going under. How many more must go broke before the republicans and democrats running this country start worrying about
America instead of some foreign country? Was it the vision of our founding fathers to hand our wealth over to other countries and leave America to
We need to throw out these traitors who have no loyalty to America and replace them with people who will put America first and above all others.