Supervisor Marion Ashley suggests that his peers defer pay increases since unions are being asked to hold the line on raises.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Dec. 7, 2016
Updated:   Dec. 8, 2016 – 4:47 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley wants his peers to defer the automatic pay raises they received over the summer to show empathy with union employees, who also are being asked to forgo raises.

Ashley made the suggestion during the Board of Supervisors’ meeting Tuesday, Dec. 6. The proposal came during a budget discussion that included troubling news about revenue used to fund public safety activities.

On July 1, the five elected supervisors got a 1.36 percent pay hike, boosting their annual base salaries to $153,289 with the exception of Kevin Jeffries, who regularly declines pay raises and earns $143,031 a year.

Supervisors also received a 2.4 percent raise in 2015. The raises kick without board action because in 2014, supervisors decided to permanently tie their base pay to 80 percent of what a superior court judge makes.

When the state gives judges a raise, the supervisors get a boost, too. The past two raises have come without any public announcement.

This year’s raise came just as the cash-strapped county was trying to get union members to go without significant raises.

A regional director for one of those labor groups, Service Employees International Union Local 721, criticized supervisors for taking a raise while demanding cuts from union workers.

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