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ACC Commissioners to talk wage compression Tuesday

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A slide from a wage compression presentation shows one possible way to address wage compression in Athens-Clarke County.

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners will hear and discuss the results of a salary study of county employees this week. WUGA’s Martin Matheny has more:

Last year, commissioners approved a $15 per hour minimum wage for all county employees. That raised wages for the lowest-paid county workers, but also led to wage compression – a situation where workers already making $15 per hour didn’t see a rise in their pay rates. That can lead to greater job dissatisfaction and problems retaining employees.

The pay study commissioned by local lawmakers offers ways to address that problem by adjusting wages for some 256 county employees, including those impacted by the $15 per hour wage floor passed last year. The study’s authors estimate the cost to decompress ACC’s staff wages at just over $153,000 per year.

The mayor and commission’s monthly work session starts at 5:30 pm on Tuesday and will be streamed live on the county’s YouTube channel.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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