Head Start employees to receive pay raise

Full-time workers will make $13 hourly, part-time is $11 hourly

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — For the first time in city history, Chattanooga is augmenting the pay of Head Start and Early Head Start employees.

Head Start workers receive their pay from the federal government, but Mayor Tim Kelly is raising the minimum wage to $13 an hour for full-time employees and $11 an hour for those working part-time.

Both the mayor’s office and SEIU Local 205 worked closely together to ensure the pay raises.

Veronica Russell, an educator with Head Start since 2002, says that these raises will not only benefit the teachers.

The kids will benefit, as well.

“When [we’re] happy, the kids are happy,” Russell said. “We’re able to do our job and feel like we’re more appreciated. When we’re more appreciated, it goes out to the kids. We’re able to do what we’re there to do — to teach our kids and to help them become productive members of society.”

Employees already receiving the new minimum wage will receive a 3.8% city supplement, which becomes a 5% pay increase when added onto a 1.2% federal cost of living adjustment.

The pay increases will be retroactive to July 1.

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