Nearly two dozen Greenville City employees could be bringing home a higher pay check thanks to decisions made earlier this week. Elected leaders are trying to make sure their fellow workers are able to pay their bills.
On Tuesday, City Council leaders voted for an increase to raise the city workers minimum wage. Officials estimate the change will affect 22 current employees and any future full time ones.
Some of these positions include Custodians, Laborers and Support Staff. Prior to the council’s approval the city’s minimum wage ranged from $10.94 to $12.66. Anyone making that wage will now be bumped up to $13.29 an hour after probation.
“The City Council traditionally has a policy where they pay at market value so it’s pretty much the average for that position. That changes on July 1, if they pass the budget, “says Steve Hawley.
The vote was approved five to one with one council member saying she thinks it’s a natural choice.
“I believe that everybody should have a livable wage,” Kandi Smith.
Rick Smiley was the only one who voted against it. He says he opposed the increase because the city conducted a personnel study which found the salaries are 14 percent higher than other major cities in North Carolina and other states.
He says the action from council buts entry level employees against skilled workers.
“I don’t see any merit in the argument, because there are jobs now where everybody goes now to get those jobs, but if you’re over qualified you’re not going to get them.”
The City of Greenville has to finalize the yearly budget, which will be done in June.