Yesterday the Ellwood City Borough Council voted to raise the part-time firefighter hourly wage from 11.40/hr to 15.00/hr, “a far more competitive salary,” according to Councilwoman Lisa Guerrera.
While council voted in favor of raising the firefighter wage, the majority voted against raising the other non-union employee wages.
Guerrera released the official statement:
“Several raises for 2018 for the Non-Union employees were in an original motion to be voted on. After much discussion, it was decided in a 6-1 vote, to keep all non-Union employees wages at the rate they were being paid in 2017, with the exception of the Part-Time Firefighters, who were raised from 11.40/hr to 15.00/hr, a far more competitive salary. Our Fire-Fighters risk their lives and deserve an honest and fair wage. The only dissenting vote was from Councilman George Celli, who was in favor of raises to several Borough employees, including but not limited to the Park Manager, the Secretary to the Police Lt, the Parking Meter Enforcement Officer, the Public Works Director and the Electric Department Superintendent.”
The public’s overall vibe is positive regarding the matter, and can be viewed below on the embedded Facebook post.