By Frank Lewis
November 13, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Portsmouth City Council will most likely take one step closer to giving non-union employees, the City Solicitor and the City Auditor a raise Thursday night, while, at the same time, set the salary for the city manager and eliminate two existing union-negotiated positions when they give that ordinance a first reading.
The technical action would be to amend the Salary Ordinance as amended by Ordinance No. 2 of 2013, to reflect a 6 percent increase to non-union employees, City Solicitor and City Auditor salaries beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
Historically, the non-union employees would receive raises reflective of the wage increases to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1039. However, while union employees received 3 percent raises for 2010 and 2011, as per the negotiated contract, the non-union employees did not receive raises for those years. So the proposed salary increase for the non-union employees is the amount equal to the increases that the bargaining unit acquired.
The same ordinance to be considered Thursday removes the position of mayor and adds the position of city manager beginning Jan. 6, 2014, with the compensation range of $90,000 to $120,000 annually. The city will pay new city manager Derek Allen $105,000, up from the $59,600 they previously paid Mayor David Malone.
The ordinance also removes the positions of emergency service man and emergency flood defense worker, temporary positions. Those positions were provided for through the AFSCME contract effectivge may of 2012.
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