Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is looking to bring pay equity for workers in the Department of Social Services.
In a tweet, Poloncarz wrote, "Today my administration sent over a proposal to the Legislature to address pay discrepancies for our [Erie County Social Services] CPS and Children's Services Workers."
The County Executive explained the proposal would "merge and retitle certain positions [and] address pay inequity."
The County Executive said 250 employees would see pay increases, the amount would be determined on an individual basis accounting for experience and job requirements.
Poloncarz is hoping the Erie County Legislature will approve his plan at the next legislative session. The tweet and his proposal are below:
Our @ECSocServices has examined all aspects of the work performed by CPS and Children's Services employees. The proposal we submit to the Legislature today will address current deficiencies and bring equity to wages. I hope the Legislature will approve it at its next session. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/poBNSnvXG0
— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) March 29, 2018
Erie County Minority Leader Joe Lorigo, a republican, responded to the County Executive via tweet, glad to see "some action has finally occurred..."
Lorigo said he discussed the proposal with CPS employees and "am disappointed to learn it ignores the underlying issue. CPS Senior Caseworkers & Supervisors--the majority of CPS--receive NOTHING under this new proposal," Lorigo tweeted.
These people work incredibly hard under difficult conditions every day. Time and again, we heard issues of low pay & morale. If the county executive would have actually listened to these workers instead of brushing them off, maybe his proposal would have helped them. 2/3
— Joseph Lorigo (@JosephLorigo) March 29, 2018
Lorigo said he would do everything he could to "find a real solution."