Essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a big “thank you” from Harrisburg in the form of $2,500.
On Tuesday, City Council unanimously approved a budget reallocation which included about $800,000 from the city’s 2020 budget going towards this one-time “COVID-19 bonus.”
“We have hundreds of employees at the city across multiple unions and even in management that have come to work every day and had no option for telecommuting or adjusted schedules,” Mayor Eric Papenfuse said. “We feel it’s appropriate […] to show our appreciation for them.”
The bonus will go to any city employee who worked each day without being able to work from home or adjust hours, Papenfuse said.
He said that many American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union members qualify. All Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) union members will receive the bonus, as will a few management-level positions.
All eligible employees in Harrisburg will receive the same bonus, Papenfuse said.
“Thank you to all of those that were working on the front lines,” council member Danielle Bowers said. “I support this bonus.”
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