Stenger Responds to Prop P Complaints

Michael Calhoun
February 07, 2018 - 10:58 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - When does a promotion mean a pay cut? That's the reality of Prop P, say some employees of St. Louis county.

Jean Fitzgerald worked 10 years as a correctional officer, then 10 years as case manager. She now has 288 maximum security inmates on her case load.

"With this 3 percent Proposition P addition to pay that we just received, I gained an additional 66 cents per hour for a grand total of an extra $26.40 per week. Had I taken a voluntary demotion back to a corrections officer one, I would have received a raise of $4.80 per hour which would have been an additional $193 a week," she says. 

She says all corrections workers but 55 got raises of 10 to 22 percent. Those 55 only got 3 percent, and years of service didn't account for them but did for others. These nurses and case workers have been showing up for weeks.

"I'll say this, and we're still trying to make the legal determination on whether tat is something that is even possible, but I think that those nurses and the nurses that we've been hearing from work very hard every day and they work in a difficult environment," says county executive Steve Stenger.

He says regardless of if their raises come from the Prop P or health fund, he thinks they're deserving of them.