By Herman Wang
Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 205 and the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 673 are planning to protest Tuesday a proposed city of Chattanooga plan to change its payroll system.
Daisy Madison, the city’s chief financial officer, said that under the proposed system employees will be paid for their past two weeks of work, instead of the present system, where employees are paid based on the prior week’s work and an estimate of the current week’s work.
“It will eliminate the guesswork in the calculations we have to make on how much the employee will work,” she said.
To make the transition, the city will take two hours of leave from every paycheck for the next 20 weeks so that employees will not miss a paycheck. Payment for the leave will be given to the employees when they stop working for the city at the pay grade they have at their time of leaving, she said.
“You will not see any change in the frequency of your pay, and there will be no skipped or missed paycheck,” Ms. Madison said.
The unions have circulated a flyer asking members to gather for a rally at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of the City Council building.
“What is driving Miss Daisy? Here is what she wants to do to your paycheck ... Stretch it till it snaps!” the flyer reads.
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