Village workers will receive a one percent wage increase approved by council April 21 in an effort to keep them from leaving for greener pastures.
The raise comes to keep up with cost of living in Wellington and the wages of other area communities.
The pay increase immediately went into effect.
“The wage increase was a big one for us and I’m glad we got it passed,” said mayor Hans Schneider. “There have been times where wages have been frozen, but right now it’s important for us to be proactive and make adjustments according to the studies that we’ve done.”
Data collected from compensation studies of Amherst, Oberlin, and other Northeast Ohio municipalities was used to make the decision.
The national consumer price index also paints raises for village employees as the right call, according to village manager Steve Pyles.
He also cited data from the Consumer Price Index as a deciding factor in the pay bump. The CPI provides reports on worker’s compensation in relation to cost of living nationally.
“We looked at raises for cost of living in cities like Shelby, Columbiana and St. Clairsville, too,” he said. “We recently lost two of our linemen to Oberlin because of pay. That, combined with our own annual studies, made this a clear decision.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Wellington village council approved a one percent cost of living wage increase for village workers April 21.