Debate over raising New Orleans city worker minimum wage
Dave Cohen Reporting
People employed by the city of New Orleans may be getting a big raise.
The Civil Service Commission takes up the issue today.
"We need to create a work force system where morale and performance are high," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in proposing the pay hike. "I am proposing that all city employees make a minimum of $10.10 per hour."
He says raising pay by about three dollars an hour could go a long way to creating a better city hall and providing better service to the public.
"The current system makes it really difficult to hire good people who are looking to serve," Landrieu noted. "This can be very frustrating for existing employees. It can be very frustrating for managers."
It part of the mayor's Great Place to Work Initiative.
"They work really, really hard," Landrieu said of city workers. "It is going to have a big impact for our employees and their families."
The mayor says a happy work force will mean better services for residents.