Last year, Newport city workers didn’t get any pay raise. This year it’s not much better. Only those who rise to a new pay grade step will get a 3.5% boost over what they would have gotten normally. That’s for workers in public works. Those in the police department will get step increases from 3.6% to 4.5%. All other city workers who don’t belong to a union will see a 3.5% bump in step. Those workers who have topped out in their respective job category and who haven’t gotten a raise in the last two years will get a six hundred dollar one time cash payment on the anniversary date of their employment. There are about 23 workers in that situation. There are no cost of living (COLA) increases for anyone on the city payroll.
The city has yet to come to an agreement with the firefighters union. The city’s last offer reportedly is “still on the table.” The city is honoring the current agreement and all firefighter positions will receive, at minimum, a 3.5% rise in step, according to city documents.