Mitch Landrieu Mandates ‘Living Wage’ In New Orleans, But Still Won’t Pay Firefighters Millions In Backpay

‘Do as I say, not as I do.’

That is the motto of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu when it comes to how businesses should handle their employees.

Today, Landrieu celebrated and signed an ordinance that will mandate businesses who do work with the city to pay employees a supposed ‘living wage’ of $10.55 an hour.

The plan comes just as the New Orleans City Council unanimously approved the plan, even though the Landrieu administration never referred the council to an impact report on how the living wage proposal would affect the city in the long-term.

Meanwhile, New Orleans firefighters have still not been granted their $142 million in backpay from the Landrieu administration.

Following multiple court orders by Civil District Court Judge Judge Kern Reese to pay the firefighters the millions they have been fighting for in backpay since 2004, Landrieu has been ordered to pay the firefighters the money before August 21, which is just a few days away.

If Landrieu does not pay the firefighters by August 21, he and the administration will be held in contempt of court.

The firefighters have been fighting the city of New Orleans for over a decade now for the millions. The issues first came about back in the 1990’s when the city refused to abide by state-mandated pay increases for firefighters.

Since, the city has racked up a massive total which the courts are finally demanding must be paid to New Orleans firefighters.

This comes as the city is also looking to remove and relocate four Confederate monuments, which is expected to cost the city millions which it claims to not have, hence why the firefighters have not been paid yet.

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