In an article on the front page of the Chief this week MEA President Stephen M. Ferrer blasted Mayor Bloomberg’s decision not to grant city managers raises because of the budget crisis. It was additionally unfortunate that we found out about this decision through the press.
On December 10, 2008 the MEA had sent a letter to the Mayor requesting the timely issuance of a Mayoral Executive Order authorizing across-the-board raises for all New York City Managers. We finally received a formal answer on January 14 (after the Chief article was published) from Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler. The Deputy Mayor stated “The City is facing a grim financial situation and we must make tough choices to ensure that we can continue to provide vital services to all New Yorkers.” He further stated that “We are seriously reducing spending across the City, which, at this time, includes holding off on pay raises for managers.”
This is unacceptable to the MEA. The rank and file managers are not Deputy Mayors and Commissioners who earn high six figure salaries. The median salary of our members is between $60,000 and $70,000 per year. This freeze is demoralizing to the managers especially since non-managerial employees have gotten raises through their unions that in some cases allow them to make more money than their superiors. Mr. Ferrer continued in the Chief article that “Our managers do not get overtime and they are expected to complete a job. Many of my members work 50-60 hours a week without added compensation”
The MEA will continue to advocate and fight for these raises. Your Executive Board will meet next week to plan a course of action to convince the Mayor to change his decision and immediately issue an Executive Order authorizing across the board raises for all New York City’s managers.
Stay tuned for further developments.