Tuesday, July 14, 2009

18% pay hike for Saskatoon firefighters

Saskatoon firefighters will be paid $78,000 annually when their current contract expires. This represents an 18% increase over two years. The reason? Regina firefighters are currently getting paid 12% more. The wage gap will be closed by the end of the contract.

This reasoning that civic employees of one city should always be paid the same as another ensures the taxpayer is always the loser. Consider last year when the Saskatoon police chief got a substantial raise because the city manager got a raise. And why did the city manager get a raise? Because a Regina city manager was getting paid more. The problem is at the end of all of this, the Saskatoon police chief got paid $40,000 more than the Regina one.

It's garbage.

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