Budget restrictions continued to challenge public sector fleets, preventing pay increases, and even leading to pay decreases, for fleet support staff. Many fleet managers reported no pay increases for support staff for the past few years and anticipate no or very low adjustments for the near future. One fleet manager said, "I think we've been pretty fortunate that we haven't had to lay staff off or had furlough days." He also reported current negotiations for a cost-of-living salary increase for bargaining unit employees, although this was not yet approved as of press time.
Some fleets are seeing small salary increases after some years without. One fleet manager reported that fleet support staff received a 5 percent across-the-board salary increase, the first in three years. He also stated that the agency was able to allow for smaller incentive increases for certification programs such as ASE certification.
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