A case study in the minimum wage Raleigh…

A case study in the minimum wage: Raleigh Police Department. A rule will go in to effect in 2012 saying that officers are required to be paid $35/hour for off-duty work. Since this is an RPD policy and not a law, presumably it is a restriction telling officers that they may not accept any work that pays less than $35.

But, as it turns out, the State Fair usually employs 75-100 off-duty officers, but they are only offering $29.35 this year. (As an aside, they are offering 10% more this year over last year; who do you know that would turn down a 10% pay raise in this economy?) So RPD officers aren’t going to be allowed to work the fair this year, and the slack will be made up by Wake County Sheriff’s deputies.

The quotes from the bureaucrats involve are priceless. First, Raleigh Police Chief Dolan: the policy “ensures that off-duty employers are treated equitably and that our sworn personnel are compensated appropriately for the exceptionally high-quality services they perform. The rate of pay is non-negotiable in order to avoid the negative professional aspects of appearing to bid against other police and security service providers.”

And finally, “Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen said there’s plenty of work to go around and that the officers’ new per-hour rate is competitive.”

It astounds me that even our sworn police officers, the people we entrust to protect us, require protection from predatory employers who would offer them too little money.