City plans to increase wages for seasonal and part-time employees
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – City staff said they had had difficulty recruiting new staff for part-time and seasonal positions, such as election officers and crossing guards at a staff committee meeting on October 11 .
Staff said part-time pay for these types of employees is around $ 11.40 an hour for seasonal park and recreation workers, with crossing guards paid per session at $ 10.97 and election workers earning about $ 11 an hour. The city plans to increase those salaries to around $ 14, more or less. The change in salary would have an impact on parks, polling stations and crossing guards.
Details will be discussed at a special finance committee meeting on October 25. Surrounding counties are also struggling to pay their part-time and seasonal employees higher wages according to Comptroller Corey Ladick, offering a challenge to hire part-time employees for these roles.
“We may not be able to reach it as high as we would like, but we should be able to do something,” Ladick said. “I should have more details for you (two weeks) from today.”
Ladick said counties paying even $ 14 an hour were struggling to fill similar positions. He believes that the salary increase will help attract more part-time and seasonal employees.
Alder Mykeerah Zarazua noted that she believes other city workers may be upset if they see their less educated and less responsible counterparts getting a raise when they are not. Ladick noted that all full-time employees earn $ 20 or more.
“There’s still a gap between the $ 20 and the $ 13, $ 14 or $ 15 that we’ll have,” Ladick said. “We’re trying to do our best, for regular employees there will still be the 2.3% cost of living adjustment and you can also have city employees who are also eligible for the stages.”
No decision was taken on this point during the discussion.