Unions: 2 Percent Pay Raises Not Enough

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Baton Rouge's pay raise plan that's been in the works for two years got a cold reception from workers when it was revealed to offer modest 2 percent pay hikes while curtailing other benefits.

         The Advocate’s Andrea Gallo reports many East Baton Rouge Parish employees haven't had a raise in more than five years and were hoping to see a more substantial proposal.

         William Daniel, the mayor-president's chief administrative officer, showcased the recommendations at last wee k's Metro Council meeting.

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         The plan would cost the city $5.6 million and reshuffles longevity money, which currently rewards those with 10-plus years working for the city, into a different type of pay scale that doles out step increases more regularly throughout employees' careers. But union representatives say they want more negotiations.

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