By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City employees will receive a raise this year.
The city council approved a 1 percent cost of living raise for all full-time employees, not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. The raise is on top of merit increases that employees earned.
City staff recommended a .5 percent cost of living increase for non-union city employees. The city council voted to double the pay raise during last week’s meeting. Councilman Daniel McClure complimented the city employees before offering to increase the raise.
“We have some of the best employees in the world so I would like to approve it with amendment changing the COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) from .5 to 1 percent,” McClure said.
The pay raise is expected to cost $383,796.
The city council unanimously approve the 1 percent COLA for city employees by a 5-0 vote. Ward 6 Councilman Jeff Moore was absent from the meeting.
In a phone interview, McClure said he proposed the pay raise to help offset increases in health insurance premiums. He said the city’s proposal of a .5 percent COLA would not have covered the rising insurance costs for non-union employees.
“I didn’t want people to lose money by working for the city,” McClure said.
During the council meeting, the city also expanded the longevity pay from a maximum of 27 years to 30 years. Employees earn $1,000 for each year of service. The payments are divided through the 26 pay periods. The longevity pay is expected to cost about $8,000 for fiscal year 2017.