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Washington Police And Fire Department Ask For Pay Increase

Last updated on Sunday, July 14, 2013

(WASHINGTON) - Both the Washington Fire and Police departments asked the city council this week for a five-percent pay increase for 2014.

The Washington Times Herald reports, that due to the shift differential, some police officers with only a few years on the force, make as much or more than what officers who have put in more years.

Detective Trent McWilliams showed the council how various scenarios would affect the pay. He also mentioned that last year, only six city employees qualified for the entire sick-day bonus that is given to employees that do not use any sick days.

The bonus, which was started in 1992, has not raised from its $300 since its inception.

McWilliams told the council that if the bonus increased, fewer employees would use sick days. He also asked that the on-call rate raise to $125 per week.

The fire department asked for the pay increase because last year's 1.5 percent pay increase did not cover the cost of living increase.

Many of the city employees are also paying higher insurance deductibles.

Council members and Mayor Joe Wellman said they would consider the proposals from both departments.

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