NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville Mayor David Briley announce a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 3 percent for Metro employees on Monday.
The COLA will begin on July 1, 2019.
“After a year when we had to put out a tight budget – which was a disappointment to me – I am proud to say that we can now give Metro employees the cost-of-living adjustment they deserve,” said Mayor Briley. “I would like all the men and women who work for our city to know that I deeply appreciate everything they do for residents throughout Nashville and Davidson County.”
The Mayor is also expected to recommend funding steps and open-range increase in the budget he is to submit to Metro Council on the first of May.
SEIU Local 205 said the following regarding Mayor Briley's announcement:
“We are very pleased to see the announcement from Mayor’s Briley that he will restore the cost of living adjustments for Metro employees and we look forward to working with him to make sure they are approved by the Council. Metro employees are working hard every day to keep up with the demands on our growing city and we thank Mayor Briley for hearing their concerns for making them a priority in this year’s budget.”
The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police released this statement in response:
"The Fraternal Order of Police appreciates that Mayor Briley has recognized the hard-working employees and their impact on the metro government in his statement earlier today. It is important to remember, however, that the government promised more than a three percent cost of living adjustment to its employees. Last year, Mayor Briley reneged on a promised three year pay plan which included a three percent adjustment last year. That is still an outstanding obligation that the city has defaulted on. We look forward to discussing this issue, among others, with the Mayor’s office over the next few weeks in an effort to rebuild the fractured trust between his office and the employees of the MNPD."