US police & firefighters pay same as McDonald’s employee – @FreakOutNation


Police and firefighters are now officially and publicly part of the 99% in Scranton, Pa. Mayor Chris Doherty decidedly gnored a federal judge’s injunction, and moved on with a plan to reduce the pay of city workers to the federal minimum wage starting Friday.

Meh. It’ll burn out by itself.









The Mayor’s reasoning is that the city is broke, however, his salary is intact. As reports, firefighters and police officers – two of the most dangerous and necessary jobs — will be rewarded with the same pay rate as an employee for McDonald’s. Golly Mayor, I sure hope your house doesn’t catch on fire while the city’s firefighter’s are on ‘break.’ You get what  you pay for. Incidentally, the image in this post is of an actual fire, extinguished by Scranton’s firefighters. I wouldn’t walk into that for the pay rate of $36 an hour, much less, that of a burger flipper.

The pay rate was slashed from between $19 – $36 per hour to a mere $7.25. This brings up a good topic. Republicans have stated that they want minimum wage taken down. These firefighters and police officers have families, homes with mortgages or rent, bills to pay, food to put on the table and now, the most drastic assault is unleashed upon them in one day’s time – for an “indefinite” period.

If drastic cuts are to be made affecting 398 necessary workers, start from the top – that’s you Mayor. Your salary is intact. For now.

Think Progress reports, “Congressional Republicans repeatedly blocked efforts to extend aid to the states that would have helped shore up their budgets and keep these workers on payroll. In the case of Scranton, such aid may have helped the city actually pay its workers a living wage instead of a federal minimum that hasn’t been raised since 2006 and has less buying power than it had in 1968.”

I’m not going to Google the Mayor’s political leanings – left or right, he’s wrong.

Image: PhotoBlog



About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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