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Manatee County Workers Forced to Give Raises Back

An error was made and now workers are being asked to pony up.

Career ladders are meant to go up, not down. But, that’s not the case for some Manatee County employees who recently discovered the raises they thought they’d earned were given in error.

The employees took part in the county’s “career ladder” program, which tasked them with completing a host of safety and skills training courses in order to earn a raise. Some workers who took advantage of the program saw their raises go into effect in January, but were told in June the county was taking the cash back and bumping them back to their original pay levels, according to WFLA.

Landscaper Donny Combs was told his near $1 an hour raise will now have to be paid back.

“They say I owe $618.45,” Combs told the station, adding that he’ll have to pay back some of the money and give up vacation time to cover the cost.

The county, WFLA reported, said the employees hadn’t fully completed the requirements of the program.

Read WFLA’s full story here.

What are your thought on this? Should Manatee County honor the raises it granted? Should the workers have to pay back the cash? Tell us by commenting below!

canary July 09, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Unions just take more from the worker. And use those funds to direct government to make the individual smaller so they are needed falsely.
leonard aldridge July 09, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Hell no don't take the money back. They earned those raises, take back the raises from the managers and government leaders
Kim Thornton July 09, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Manatee County needs to cut their losses and correct the problem going forward, not backward. Most of those people probably can't afford to pay back all that money! Raises have been scarce everywhere, I am sure all of them waited patiently and deserved the raise when they finally got it. Only to have their pay adjusted and owe money? That stinks, and not to mention how many of them made a life decision based on getting a raise that may now be a complete disaster, like buying a car, or a house, putting kids in daycare etc? The fact that going back on the deal was ever even mentioned is a sad representation of the world today , just have them fulfill the final requirements!
Susan Stewart Snyder July 09, 2014 at 09:21 PM
The article states that the course wasn't completed. Why not let the workers keep the raises if they complete it within 30 days. That would be a win-win situation.
Dona Lee July 11, 2014 at 07:27 PM
I totally agree with Kim and Susan. They earned these raises and now some bean counter wants to not only take them away but retroactively? No way. No hedging Manatee. You made a committment, they fulfilled the stated requirements. You don't get to change the rules. And Gene and Canary--Florida doesn't have Unions. This is a nonunion state and that means unions have no teeth here. An employer cannot be forced to abide by any union demands.

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