The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has voted to preliminary approve a $4.4 billion budget plan that’ll increase pay for county employees.
Throughout the entirety of the County’s budget hearings the biggest hill the county had to climb was keeping its county workers happy. There was talk of the county not following through on its promised Market Rate Adjustment, which acts as a cost of living adjustment, but through grassroots mobilization from county employees, the Board of Supervisors voted to increase the Market Rate Adjustment to 2.1 percent, and also increasing hourly wages by 31 cents, to $15.14 per hour.
Union members say when voices come together, they can make a difference.
“Taking action together works, by going to the budget hearing, by sharing their stories with the Board of Supervisors, by making phone calls and sending emails to the board for weeks and months before that. I think they showed that when working people speak with one voice that we can get results,” said David Broder, President of SEIU Virginia 512.
The County will formally adopt the budget on May 7th.