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Petitioning City Council Member Councilman Reid Hedgepeth and 12 others

Tell Memphis Government: Stop Acting in Bad Faith with your Workers

The City of Memphis is acting in bad faith toward its workers. This spring, the hard-working people who keep our City running agreed during union negotiations to go a third straight year without any pay raises. They also agreed to pay increased health care costs themselves of up to 20 percent. Mayor AC Wharton’s administration made no mention of pay cuts during these negotiations.

Then in June, the Memphis City Council passed a budget that included a 4.6 percent pay cut for all workers who are not in management positions. These cuts affect even the lowest paid workers, who already struggle to survive on their wages. More than 100 workers were laid off, and many other workers were offered forced early retirement.

By instituting these pay cuts without negotiating with workers’ unions, Mayor Wharton and the City Council are violating a City ordinance which lays out a clear process for negotiation. City officials claim they are in a fiscal emergency, yet they have refused to follow the local ordinance that requires them to reveal their books to workers’ unions to show whether a true emergency exists. Because of this violation of the law, a dozen unions representing City workers have filed suit against the City.

The citizens of Memphis must call on our elected officials to act in good faith toward its workers and abide by the agreements they negotiated with workers this spring.

This petition was delivered to:
  • City Council Member
    Councilman Reid Hedgepeth
  • City Council Member
    Councilman Bill Boyd
  • City Council Member
    Councilman Shea Flinn
  • City Council Member
    Councilman Edmund Ford Jr.
  • City Council Member
    Councilman Kemp Conrad
  • City Council Member
    Councilman Jim Strickland
  • City Council Member
    Councilman Bill Morrison
  • City Council Member
    Councilwoman Wanda Halbert
  • Memphis Mayor
    Mayor AC Wharton
  • City Council Member
    Councilman Myron Lowery
  • City Council Member
    Councilwoman Janis Fullilove
  • City Council Member
    Councilman Harold Collins
  • City Council Member
    Councilman Joe Brown


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