The Associated Press reports Mayor Chris Doherty temporarily cut pay for firefighters, public works employees and police officers. Those workers are expected to file a federal lawsuit.
Doherty last week cut the pay for roughly 400 employees to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. He says it was the only way for the cash-strapped city to pay bills, and promises to restore pay once finances are stabilized. Last week, Scranton's business administrator told The Huffington Post that the city will have only $5,000 left over after paying its workers minimum wage this week.