continues over recent raises for two top staffers to Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler
while other county employees agreed to a pay freeze.
First, from Wheeler's Twitter feed:
That tweet follows an email last week where Wheeler asked Becky Steward
and Michael Hanna
out to lunch to discuss the controversy. Steward is president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 88, the county's largest employee union. Hanna is the union's vice president.
Given Wheeler's tweet, that invitation apparently hasn't received a response.
Wheeler is scheduled to have lunch with the union's leadership Tuesday at Madison's
. (Might we recommend the kids' menu
Steward and Hanna posted a letter
(PDF) on Local 88's website
demanding that Wheeler rescind the raises
for his chief of staff and chief operating officer and apologize to union members
Wheeler's in turn posted this
explanation on his own website.
In another development, Wheeler's chief operating officer, Jana McLellan
, responded this morning to WW
's query about the amount of her raise — a piece of information missing from our original post.
McLellan says her salary was bumped up from $110,000 to $120,000
on July 1 — as negotiated with Wheeler last year before the salary freezes went into place.