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Minimum wage hike costs city $21,000

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POSTED June 15, 2014 10:36 p.m.

Upwards of 100 part-time Manteca Parks and Recreation workers are getting a pay raise in 15 days.

The Manteca City Council last month approved a salary matrix for part-time workers with increases effective July 1 that will add $21,000 a year to municipal payroll costs.

Minimum wage is currently $8 per hour in California. That rate went into effect Jan. 1, 2008. It jumps to $9 on July 1 and then $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.

Positions that will go to $9 per hour are lifeguard trainer, Recreation Leader I, and scorekeeper/timer.

Being bumped to $9.23 are lifeguard/aquatic instructor and Recreation Specialist I. Going to $9.46 are Facility Supervisor I and Program Coordinator I. Senior lifeguard/instructor will be paid $9.69.

Jumping to $10.44 will be Facility Supervisor II, office assistant helper, and pool manager assistant.  Increasing to $11.24 are Program Coordinator II and Recreation Specialist II. Making $13.36 an hour will be pool managers and volunteer coordinators. Being upped to $14.75 are the afterschool program coordinator and general program coordinator. Administrative assistants will be paid $15.12.

Games Official I such as umpires and referees will be paid $12.75 and Games Official II will earn $15.75. An equipment mechanic assistant will jump to $20 per hour and a parks/golf maintenance worker to $10.78. Both pay scales refer to part-time employees.

When the minimum goes up to $10, the lowest level employees on Jan. 1, 2016 will see a $1 an hour increase.  Everyone else, though, will see their pay increase therefore widening the gap between the lowest paid employee and them. For example, the administrative assistant will make $1.68 more per hour on Jan. 1. 2016 compared to their new pay rate going into effect in 15 days.

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