Nashua mayor: No double standard on raises
"I am fully prepared for the public scrutiny on this. We have made a lot of tough decisions," Lozeau said on Monday. "What he considers a double standard for five top City Hall employees, when two of them don't even work at City Hall, it just sounds kind of inflammatory."
"The raises granted to city employees seem to rely more on who the employees are rather than on fairness and consistency, or on the importance and value of the work the employees do for the city and its citizens," Donchess wrote in the letter.
Raises, she explained, are based on merit steps and union agreements.
"I don't pick and please. Everybody was treated the same," Lozeau said. "I try to make it as fair as possible."
In his letter, he states that the director of health and community services will — if approved as proposed — obtain a combined 11.3 percent increase over three years, the director of public works will receive a total 9 percent increase during the same time frame and the economic development director, community development director and Citi-Stat director will receive either a combined 8.8 or 8.9 percent increase if the budget is adopted as recommended.
"It is easy to pick out anomalies, but this is not a fair comparison," she added.
"And it may become nearly impossible to settle with police patrolmen because a reasonable contract for police supervisors has been rejected," he said. "Neither of these groups are stupid, and they must realize that other employee groups are getting more than the police would have received under a contract that was rejected for providing too much."
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