Commissioner wants equal pay raises for all employees

City of Parsons workers will get a 2 percent cost-of-living pay increase this month, but one city commissioner fought for the lower-paid workers to receive the same dollar amount as their supervisors.
City Manager Debbie Lamb said during a Thursday city commission work session that it was her understanding that the commission had agreed during budget preparation to give workers a raise of 2 percent of their pay. Commissioner Kevin Cruse, however, questioned that, Lamb said, believing that the commission approved a flat-sum pay increase for the workers.
Cruse was adamant during the work session that the increase should be the same dollar amount across the board because the lower-paid employees are just as valuable as the supervisors. He said because the city has frozen step raises for years, the gap in pay between the supervisors and department heads and lower-paid workers such as sanitation employees continues to grow wider and wider.
Mayor Jeff Perez reminded Cruse that the commission voted to give percentage raises, but Cruse was still against it.

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