In January, compensation for City of Greensboro employees is going to go through a major adjustment.

The city plans to change the pay schedule from twice a month to biweekly, and at the Tuesday, Dec. 6 City Council meeting President of the Professional Firefighters of Greensboro Association Dave Coker spoke against making the salary schedule change.

Coker said that the proposed pay schedule change was causing “anxiety and concern” for many city employees.

He said that the change to a biweekly pay schedule represented a “step back” for city employees.

Coker said that “for 10 months out of the year the income of employees will drop by 8 percent.”  He noted that the compensation for the year would be the same, but that since most bills are paid on a monthly basis, having to go 10 months of the year with an 8 percent salary reduction was going to be hardship for employees – particularly those on the lower rungs of the pay scale.

He said, “We’re asking you to direct the manager to keep the pay like it is.”

Coker noted that the semi-monthly pay schedule had worked well for the city for three decades and that changing to biweekly would have “a significant negative financial impact.”  He said, “This is basically a pay cut for city employees.”

As Coker said, “the devil is in the details” and in this case the new biweekly pay schedule will result in employees being paid 26 times a year versus the 24 times a year city employees receive paychecks under the current semi-monthly plan.

Currently under the semi-monthly plan, hourly city employees are paid for 86.67 hours twice a month. Under the biweekly plan employees will be paid for 80 hours every two weeks.  Two months out of the year employees will receive three paychecks, but for the other 10 months they will receive less compensation during the month than they do under the current system.

The city staff has requested that $660,000 in American Rescue Plan funds be used to allow employees to cash in up to 10 hours in leave time as part of a transition assistance program.