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Pay raise planned for city workers

Despite Evanston’s budget crunch, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz will recommend a 2 percent pay hike for non-union city workers at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Human Resources Director Joellen Daley, in a memo to Bobkiewicz, says the pay hike would match one approved by the council last spring for city workers represented by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees.

Daley says the increase is needed to provide parity for union and non-union workers and to offer a financial incentive for union workers to accept promotion into non-union management positions.

Daley says the increase, retroactive to March 30, would cost $282,000, and was included in the budget adopted last February.

The city now finds itself trying to close a $4 million gap in its budget for this year and anticipates an $8 million gap between projected revenues and expenses for next year.

About 230 city workers would benefit from the pay hike.

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