Barrett signs pay increase for workers that live in the city

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday signed a 1.5 percent pay increase for city workers who remain residents of the city.

 

The legislation provides a 1.5 percent pay increase for city employees that live in the city. Employees that move outside of the city on or after June 23 will not be eligible for the pay increase.

The pay increase applies to all city employees, except for police and fire employees who were exempt from the elimination of collective bargaining privileges in the state’s Act 10.

The Milwaukee Common Council approved the recommendation on July 23.

City officials are taking action in an attempt to prevent city employees from moving out of the city after residency requirements for public employees were eliminated in the state budget passed this year. City officials are also challenging the legality of the state’s elimination of local residency rules.

In a press conference on Monday, Barrett said, “What we’ve tried to do here, in a positive reinforcement for encouraging people to remain in the city while we are in litigation on the lawsuit revolving around the residency provisions in the budget which we still feel hopeful and confident that we will win in the end, is to – in a monetary way – make it known that we believe it’s good for the workers and good for the city and good for the taxpayer and good for the services for workers to remain in the city of Milwaukee.”

Find more on this story at WISN-Channel 12, a media partner of BizTimes.

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