Some Hennepin County workers see 15% pay raise

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 22, 2013 - 8:56 PM

For Hennepin employees, wage and possibly STEP increases will add up by 2015 after years of freezes.

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fishbachDec. 22, 13 9:05 PM

Hennepin County employees are terribly over paid when compared to wages and salaries of other civil servants within the state of Minnesota. And then there's the question of level of competency as well as the quality of service provided to the taxpayers of Hennepin County.

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augsburg54Dec. 22, 13 9:06 PM

DISGUSTING!!!!!!! AFSCME and other Unions spend big to put their puppets into the County Commission and City Council only to be returned the favor in unsustainable pay and benefit packages!!! Look at Detroit and most other Democratically controlled large cities...their finances are in chaos and Minneapolis as well as Hennepin County is heading the same direction. Fortunately the courts are going to make sure that the nonsense that was approved by the Wayne County and Detroit City Councils won't fall on the backs of the Michigan tax payer nor the U.S. taxpayer. Hopefully the Minnesota electorate will wake up and get rid of these clowns!!!!!

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bdthompsonDec. 22, 13 9:10 PM

The numbers don't make sense. No way is the AVERAGE Hennepin County salary $60k. The two examples (probably more representative of salaries) are substantially less than that. And many of those that make more than that do so because of overtime. A prime example are snowplow drivers. Available at all times, they are compensated at a higher rate on nights or weekends. But they don't make that all the time.

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augsburg54Dec. 22, 13 9:14 PM

And to receive a STEP increase, an employee’s performance must be rated as at least satisfactory....Great! That's what I love about Unions...rather than rewarding excellent performance it just rewards "showing up". "At least satisfactory" again..shameful. It was like my wife's cousin who worked for Northwest Airlines...she was all upset when Delta purchased it for Delta's non-union. And I asked what the problem was...she said she didn't want to be paid for performance, she wanted to be paid for seniority. I asked "what's the problem with being paid for performance". "Shouldn't you be paid for doing a good job" Her response was "what if my boss doesn't like me" My response as an employer "the only reason your boss wouldn't like you...is if you weren't a good employee". The union mindset is crazy.

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JRBDec. 22, 13 9:19 PM

"But when commissioners voted on the raises, only Jeff Johnson shook his head and voted no, saying 15 percent raises are too much." >>>> Only one commissioner with some common sense? Looks like we need to make some changes, starting next November.

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wiseoracleDec. 22, 13 9:20 PM

Do they really *have* to have satisfactory performance? Sure your not being too harsh, or restrictive?? I bet you think your the only ones who's healthcare has gone up, huh? Bet you think your the only one's who've had year over year pay stagnation too, huh? I must have browsed over to the Onion by mistake... let me double check the URL....

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djm55422Dec. 22, 13 9:39 PM

This article is a pile of pure nonsense. I'll assume the two other commenters have no idea what step raises even are. Steps are common in nearly every single public sector job, in every single public sector job in at least the upper midwest. If you are an employee with substandard performance, you can have your step with held. In the private sector, there are salary ranges for some jobs. It is a salary brake, more than anything, and yet this article falsely represents what it actually is.

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djm55422Dec. 22, 13 9:46 PM

I had to reread the poorly researched and written article to realize a comparison is being made between outlying county workers and Hennepin County workers. What the article doesn't tell you is that the comparison counties are complete cherry picking journalism. Find the most extreme example to compare an apple and and orange, and then you can ignore that these workers had no yearly raise for 5 of the past 10 years. Do you think Washington county provides even 1/10th the services Hennepin County does. If you do, by all means, move to Washington County. It is a free country. But to have services, you have to have professionals, and more of them, and yes, the pay has to be higher to provide more and better services. Sorry.

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exrepublicanDec. 22, 13 9:46 PM

The paid mouthpieces of the far-Right will be all over this, trying to make all non-union, private-sector employees angry because they are not making what employees covered by collective-bargaining agreements make. In reality, your anger should be directed at the anti-union forces in the far-Right and big business who have done everything in their power to keep your wages down and fatten the wallets of the business owners and executives. Just for the record, I have never been in a union but have seen first-hand how much has been taken out of the pockets of we who produce and put into the poockets of the executive/ownership class.

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erikj3Dec. 22, 1310:01 PM

Maybe government workers should work for free.

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