Cost of living raises considered for village workers

By Jonathan Delozier -

A two percent wage increase for Wellington village employees will be discussed June 19 at council’s next scheduled meeting.

In 2015, employees received a two percent cost of living increase as well as performance based raises ranging up to 8.9 percent. Last year, a one percent cost of living adjustment was added along with performance increases up to 6.4 percent.

If approved by council, this year’s raises will go into effect retroactively starting with the second pay period from April, said village manager Steve Dupee.

“Doing it like this ensures our employees will receive their pay increase over a full 12-month period,” he said. “It won’t technically be extra pay. They’ve gone 15 months without a raise and this is just taking our wages to where they need to be.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index, the village’s cost of living wages have regularly fallen above the average for all “urban wage earners” in both the Cleveland metropolitan area and all U.S. cities.

A two percent increase in 2012 is the only time in the past five years Wellington’s cost of living raises have fallen below the national average, which was 3.2 percent that year. Another two percent village raise was above Cleveland metro’s rate of 1.7 percent and just below the national average of 2.1 percent in 2013.

The village wage chart, which personnel policy says is to be reviewed periodically, has remained the same since March 16, 2015. A four percent increase across the board is being considered for all jobs aside from those at the entry level classified as “trainees/seasonal and part-time,” which will only increase from $8.10 to $8.15 per hour.

If approved, entry level clerical and trade positions would move from a minimum of $13.03 per hour to $13.56. Front line managers would go from $23.24 to $24.18 and annual executive salary would rise from $48,272 to $50,222.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

By Jonathan Delozier