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Shreveport City Workers Demand Raise

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City workers of Shreveport have joined together demanding a raise. They got together to speak out at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Cordell Allen is the President of the Shreveport City Workers' Union. He says for years, the only increase they've seen is for cost of living. "The employees of the City of Shreveport haven't had a raise in quite some time now, they'll give increases, but they won't give raises. We want the 6%, but whatever raise that they can give that's above a 3% increase in a raise, because that 1 or 2% is not working."

Michael Corbin is the City Council Chairman. He says, the money simply just isn't there, but the workers have other options. "We are seeing a decline in sales tax and a decline in RiverBoat Revenue, so the first thing that tells me is that we're going to have a tighter budget for 2014. As they're working on a collective bargaining agreement with the city, really include some of those wishes as they negotiate with the union."

Allen says city workers are doing a good job and the city's administration should show their appreciation. "The city should be more considerate of the employees that are out there working. We find that if you give the employees incentives to work, they'll work better."

City workers say they are going to ask for raises as they work out an official union contract with the city. But they say that could take time, and until then, they have to make ends meet.

The City of Shreveport's general fund budget, which pays city workers, is down almost 6% this year. City officials have invited the union and city workers to their budget meetings so that all cards can be on the table.

 

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