Memphis) News Channel 3 is asking questions about pay raises some of Mayor Wharton’s administrators received when the rank and file employees got a pay cut.
The city admits it raised the salary of some high-ranking employees by thousands of dollars but claims it had to do it.
City of Memphis CAO George Little says they don’t consider the increases a pay raise but a salary review. Of course you don't "consider it a pay raise"....a "salary review" does sound much more benign. Kudos to you for winning the government speak word play of the month and for that the taxpayers of Memphis will pay you a whopping 147,000/ year, you know cuz you can play word games really well.
The changes were made after looking at what male city employees were making compared to female and job duties. Oh I get it, it's for the feeeeeemales and who can be against that? Good going Daniel Son, this is why they pay you the big bucks!
Here’s what the numbers show about city hall salaries:
Three City Division Directors got salary increases from $115,000 to $118,000.
The public works director was bumped from $118,000 to $120,000.
Other big raises went to the Metro Alarms Administrator, Contract Compliance Officer and a Contracts Manager.
The contract manager assigned to the Workforce Investment Network saw his salary jump from $62,000 to $87,000. That’s a $25,000 increase.
Unions that have been fighting to get their full pay restored after having it cut question the raises and fairness.
“I continue to look for things such as this so we can point out to them everybody in the city is not being treated the same,” said Mike Williams, Memphis Police Association.
City CAO George Little says the increases were all part of a salary review and not regular pay raises. "Not regular pay raises???" Your creativity continues to amuse me and not in a good way. A pay raise by any other name is still a pay raise...see Shakespeare, you are going to need more inspiration to continue lying to the little people. The little people have reached maximum government speak capacity. It's all down hill here from now and as Dee Snider put "We're Not Going To Take It Anymore!"
“I would simply say we believe in paying all of our employees well with respect to gender and ethnicity,” said Little. Except of course the little people like the police and fire people because you are spending money on pay raises for females, golf courses, parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, etc. I could go on and on. Spending on these other non-critical departments leaves less for fire and police.
He says division directors and others on the list took on extra duties and responsibilities and their salaries were adjusted. Oooooh so they are working harder and get more pay for that, Must be nice since the rest of America working in the private sector began working harder but did not get a "salary review" for it, gee whiz Walley, it pays to be a government bureaurat! No that isn't a mispelling.....
“We went to no lengths to hide anything by the same token people’s salary information is sensitive,” said Little. Ummmm dude, let me explain something to you. When your salary is funded by taxpayers, salary information is public, as it should be.....
City Council Budget Chair Jim Strickland learned about the salary increases through the media.
“When we’re trying to scrimp and save every dollar that we can to avoid tax increases, I think it’s incumbent on the administration to point out when they’re bumping people’s salaries up, especially if it’s upper management,” said Strickland.
Strickland says the administration never volunteered the information about the salary reviews
“This is a lesson learned. I’m going to ask for every position that’s getting any kind of increase in pay outside an overall increase in pay,” said Strickland.
In honor of the theatrical overlords who rule over the little(no pun attended George little) people I give you a little Shakespearian slight of hand, it's not as good as the bureaucrat George Little but then they aren't payin me the big bucks....
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy
Thou art thyself, though a pay raise.
What's a pay raise? it is nor pay increase, nor regular pay raises,
Nor tax, nor burden , nor any other pay increase
Belonging to a man. O, be some other raise!
What's in a pay raise? that which we call a pay raise
By any other pay raise would smell as sweet...