published Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Chattanooga should stick to merited pay raises

During budget discussions involving the City Council and Mayor Ron Littlefield, a few statements were made that are very important, especially during a time of tight budgets.

As questions arose about the manner in which to distribute a $3 million pool of funding designated for pay raises, Littlefield's recommendations to the council included these remarks: "When you get down to it, there are only about 100 people out of all of these ... sworn employees who have not received anything. And the hard thing to say -- and it is a fact -- is most of them have not received anything because they haven't done anything. If you have a career ladder, it's incumbent upon those who have a career ladder to climb the ladder, step up on the ladder."

Littlefield noted in what he termed his "fair and balanced" budget presentation that any city employee who had not received some form of a pay increase since 2008 had not done anything to merit a raise. His approach did not include raises for any who had not pursued increases through career ladder programs, graduated from academy training programs or received corrections because of pay anomalies since 2008.

The City Council, deliberating over these raises, most certainly should consider those who merit a pay raise versus those who chose not to pursue options for professional development.

No worker at any local company will see a pay increase without improvement and personal effort. As stewards of our tax dollars, City Council members have to understand that tough economic times don't permit unearned pay increases.

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Yeah, because you'll keep people around when you treat them like crap by not increasing their pay unless they kiss your butt.

Seriously, that's the biggest problem with "merit" you just encourage brown-nosing and politicking as truly objective benchmarks?

Ends up not being the case. Sorry.

June 26, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.
Sirmichael said...

The thing is, in re to those lazy cops not doing anything for a raise is "opportunity". While the limited number of police taking those silly classes, the rest are in the field answering a double load of calls because the man-power has been cut. That sounds just the opposite of doing nothing, right? Then you got the cops that are on lite-duty for medical reasons, that can attend all the classes they want. I've said it before Ill say it again. If a officer has at least 10 years working in "patrol" they should be deemed a master patrolman. Listen to your scanner or watch the news then ask yourself, how can a police officer work 10 years on those dangerous streets and be told by a politician "they" they don't deserve a raise because it's not deserved. This is the reason they made up the term "career ladder". It's as useless as a 1999 riverbend pin.

June 26, 2012 at 11:03 a.m.

I agree with you SirMichael, and that was one of the things I thought about mentioning. People actually busy working don't have the time to get their tickets punched.

June 26, 2012 at 4:04 p.m.
shen said...

I was given a promotion with no raise, then my salary was cut. Then they placed me on salary. Which meant no matter how many hours I was required to work I would receive no overtime. This was with a job in the private sector. I'd been on the job for darn near 30 years. All of the newly hired I supervised earned equal to my pay and above. Especially when they worked overtime.

June 26, 2012 at 4:51 p.m.
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