Would You Walk Into a Burning Building for $7.25 an Hour?

July 9, 2012 at 1:44 PM Leave a comment

Would you walk into a burning building or risk being caught in a shootout for $7.25 an hour?  Firefighters and police in Scranton, Pennsylvania are asking themselves that question this afternoon:

(Image via AP)

Amid Scranton’s ever-deepening financial crisis, Mayor Chris Doherty said his administration is going forward with a plan to unilaterally slash the pay of 398 workers to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour with today’s payroll, insisting it is all the city can afford.

That will likely earn administration officials an appointment with Judge Michael Barrasse, who granted the city’s police, fire and public works unions a special injunction temporarily barring the administration from imposing the pay cuts after a brief hearing Thursday.

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