By Tom Henderson • Staff Writer • 

Analysis to examine city salaries and benefits

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A New Generation

Hats off to the City of McMinnville! Perhaps the County should take a page from the City's book to avoid the looming strike promised by County workers in 2017 after their last bargaing session. I believe Mac's Council comprehends the reasons why: ("We want to do this in a comprehensive manner is because internal equity is very critical,” per McMinnville's HR manager). It'll be ineresting to recall this next summer when the rent comes due, so to speak. Commissioner Olson asked for it in Nov 2017 upon the County's ratification of the contract; HHS Director Silas O'Halloran believes in it, as his department experiences the highest turnover due to substandard pay classifications. So, how about averting a County-wide strike and getting this in place "for the amount of money we could be looking at in implementing this wage adjustment, I think spending $5,000 is pennies compared with what it could be."
It's called strategic planning.


Spoken like a true HHS employee LOL!



Lol 👍


I'm surprised the council would not want to know the wage/benefit differences between city (public) workers and private company workers who do the same job. It might show for managerial jobs public workers are paid less than private, but for support and other public workers they are paid less. That is a prediction not fact. I wish they would have spend the 5 thousand to find out.


If you want the best people then you need a total compensation package competitive enough to pull talent from both public and private sectors. Deliberately ignoring the private sector seems short-sighted. There are a lot of skilled individuals that live in McMinnville but drive elsewhere for private sector work. If the total compensation package were competitive I believe many would consider working for the city or county.

Don Dix

It would be a surprise if the cost of the analysis is more than the average yearly employee compensation -- and it still won't be satisfactory.

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