Mayor Chris Doherty, a Democrat, temporarily cut the wages of police, firefighters and others to $7.25 an hour Friday, hours after a judge issued an injunction requested by three unions that represent most of the workers. A lawsuit filed July 2 in Lackawanna County Court on behalf of the unions argued that cutting the salaries unilaterally would violate the workers' contracts under state laws governing public employees as well as federal law.For those of you who were wondering, here's how it works. You see, because the rich don't pay their fair share we need to give the workers a reasonable living wage and good benefits to make things fair and increase our use of renewable resources while creating green jobs that will result in more use of public transportation like high speed rail in order to get to school so we can immerse ourselves in diversity studies.
Meanwhile, Scranton's business administrator said the city had just $5,000 in the bank last week after transferring enough money to cover the city's payroll at $7.25 an hour, the state's—and the nation's—minimum wage. Mayor Doherty has said that once the immediate crisis is over, workers will be paid their deferred pay.
Either that or the public employee unions are omnivorous, ravening parasites that are killing their host.
|Fairness: A swarm of aphids working with the dignity that comes from just wages.|