|July 11, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Public workers in the hard-up US city of Scranton, Pennsylvania have had their pay slashed to minimum wage-levels as a budget fight between the mayor and city council comes to a head.
About 400 municipal workers in the city — including police officers, firefighters and construction workers — are being subjected to steep pay cuts that have sparked a string of lawsuits.
The city, which is the birthplace of Vice President Joe Biden and has become synonymous with industrial decline, is facing bankruptcy and the mayor has refused to borrow more money to pay wages.
For police officers with two years on the job that now means a pay cut from $26 an hour to $7.25 an hour, a drop of more than 70 percent.