Cops, Firefighters Paid Minimum Wage in Pa. Town

Scranton mayor cuts city workers' pay to minimum wage in hopes of stabilizing city finances

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    Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty says the city can't afford to pay it's 400 city workers more than minimum wage. The Mayors decision came even after a Lackawanna County Judge granted a special injunction Thursday morning banning the move. NBC10's Dawn Timmeney reports the pay cut battle. (Published Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012)

    Unions representing workers in the city of Scranton expect to file a federal lawsuit against the city after the mayor abruptly cut their pay to minimum wage.

    The attorney for three unions, including firefighters and police, tells The Times-Tribune of Scranton he expects to file several legal actions, including a motion to hold Mayor Chris Doherty in contempt of court for violating a judge's order to pay full wages.

    Doherty last week cut the pay for about 400 employees to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. He says it was the only way for the cash-strapped city to pay bills, and promises to restore pay once finances are stabilized.

    Doherty is locked in a dispute with Scranton's city council over a financial recovery plan as it faces a $16.8 million budget deficit.