SCRANTON, Pa. - Unions representing workers in the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton expect to file a federal lawsuit against the city after the mayor abruptly cut their pay to minimum wage.
The attorney for three unions, including firefighters and police, tells The Times-Tribune of Scranton he expects to file several legal actions, including a motion to hold Mayor Chris Doherty in contempt of court for violating a judge's order to pay full wages.
Doherty last week cut the pay for about 400 employees to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. He says it was the only way for the cash-strapped city to pay bills, and promises to restore pay once finances are stabilized.
Scranton is broke, wasn't doing well even before the rest of the country hit hard times.
Chattanooga isn't broke, Littlefield just has it in for anyone who has questioned His authority, and thast includes the City's unions.
Scranton can't afford to pay people. Really, they can't cover the checks they would write for what they owe. They can't just print money like the feds. Chattanooga can afford to pay bills, especially after the fees, fines, and taxes Littlefield increased. Fiscally Chattanooga is doing just fine.