NEW ORLEANS -- As part of his plan to reform civil service, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is proposing to raise minimum wage for city employees.
"We propose that all city employees make a minimum of $10.10 per hour because we believe our employees deserve a living wage," Landrieu tweeted Thursday afternoon.
The increase to the minimum wage for city workers is part of Landrieu's Great Place to Work initiative. Rule changes to civil service include improving the hiring and evaluation process, improved pay and pay flexibility, increased training opportunities and allowing managers more flexibility to give performance-based promotions.
According to the Landrieu administration, the minimum wage increase would affect nearly 194 employees and an increase of about $350,000 annually.
"The city's personnel system needs updating and modernizing," Landrieu said in a statement. "New Orleans' residents are crying out for a more effective government, and the city's traditional personnel system stands in the way."
The Landrieu administration will present the reforms at the next meeting of the Civil Service Commission on April 21 at 10 a.m.