Grand Rapids city leaders give back pay raises

2:50 PM, Feb 9, 2011   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The city manager, clerk, and city attorney will return the 4% pay raises awarded to them recently by the city commission.  

The city treasurer, who received a 5% raise and expanded duties, will return 2% of his pay. 

"We want to set right tone.  I mean this doesn't solve the city's financial problems let me assure you - but it sets the tone for this organization and this community that we all need to have shared sacrifice to move forward," city manager Greg Sundstrom told WZZM 13 Wednesday.  

The city leaders say their move is also in response to Governor Rick Snyder's call for public employee pay rates be adjusted.   The move comes as Grand Rapids city leaders are negotiating with unionized workers for a 10% reduction in union compensation. 

Some of those workers appeared at Tuesday's city commission meeting to display their anger over working without a contract for seven months.

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