Don’t Slash Scranton City Workers’ Pay to Minimum Wage

Target: Mayor Chris Doherty

Goal: Don’t reduce Scranton’s budget deficit by cutting the wages of city workers to the federal minimum wage.

City budgets are tight all over the country and city governments are searching for effective methods of cutting operating costs or increasing revenues. City governments often cut nonessential services or operating hours for civil services in order to reduce the cost of operating the government; when combined with tax or fine increases, these cuts balance the city’s checkbook and allow the city to sustain its vital operations. Unfortunately, the city government of Scranton, PA has decided that a major component of its city’s budget cutting operations will come from a massive reduction in wages for city employees.

If the Mayor of Scranton’s plan is enacted, all city employees, including police and firefighters, will be paid the federal minimum wage—a mere $7.25. Not only is Mayor Doherty’s plan massively unfair to the brave individuals who risk their lives to protect society and a violation of existing union contracts, but it will depress the local economy by reducing demand. Under this plan, police officers and firefighters will be paid less than the average high-school student with a pizza delivery job.

A massive decrease in the available resources for the public employees of Scranton will depress the local economy. Families where the main breadwinner is a public employee will have massively decreased buying power, causing the local economy (particularly small businesses) to lose business.

Sign this petition to demand that the city of Scranton not go through with the proposed wage cuts for public employees. Not only are the cuts terribly unfair, but they are highly damaging to the local economy.


Dear Mayor Chris Doherty,

You are currently in the process of implementing a wage cut on public sector workers working for the city of Scranton; if enacted, these cuts will reduce the hourly wages of public employees to $7.25—the federal minimum wage.

The proposed wage cuts are unfair, violations of existing contracts, and will severely damage the local economy. Public sector workers, particularly police and firefighters, have difficult and stressful jobs. Cutting such workers’ wages to below the level of the average fry-cook is terribly unfair and serves to victimize those who work every day to keep society working.

In addition to the issue of fairness, the reduction of public employee wages is counter-productive because it will depress the local economy. The decrease in income for families who rely on income from public sector jobs will debilitate the local economy and cause local businesses to suffer. Larger businesses (ex. WalMart) will be largely unaffected by the wage cuts due to their larger client bases and diversified locations, but local shops will suffer precipitous decreases in business.

I, as well as everybody else to sign this petition, implore you not to go ahead with the proposed wage cuts. Such cuts would decrease the city deficit, but the unfairness and economic side effects would more than eclipse the potential budget gains.


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