SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Springfield Utility Board is making some changes to help those struggling due to the ongoing pandemic.
A rate increase expected to take effect in May will now be delayed until August, SUB said.
Also, the General Manager Jeff Nelson will be reducing his salary by $25,500 to provide all hourly employees with a $220 payment in recognition of their work.
"My co-workers are my heroes," Nelson said. “It’s an honor to serve with them.”
Additional money has been approved for the utility’s low-income assistance fund, bringing the total for Project Share to $120,000.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 659, responded to Nelson's salary reduction, saying not enough has been done to protect the utility's workers during the pandemic. The union said in a news release that SUB has been without a safety coordinator for months, and employees' calls for increased safety measures in the wake of coronavirus have been met with resistance.