Magistrates sue over pay

Teachers aren't the only ones in North Carolina putting up with terrible pay. Magistrates have filed a lawsuit, alleging that they've been underpaid for years.

Forty magistrates from across North Carolina sued the state Tuesday, alleging that going years without raises amounts to a breach of contract and violates their constitutional rights.

The magistrates are seeking back pay, plus interest, and want a judge's approval for a class-action lawsuit, noting all North Carolina magistrates are in the same position.

Pay scales for magistrates are set by statute and are based on the number of years of experience, which according to the suit creates a contractual obligation for the state to pay those rates. The state hasn't fulfilled that obligation since 2009, the suit states.

We find it oh-so-fitting that the state's budget director is one of the defendants!

Gov. Pat McCrory, State Treasurer Janey Cowell, Acting State Controller James Dolan and budget director Art Pope are named as defendants in the suit.

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Pat's got 'em covered!

“Magistrates, like other state employees and teachers, have gone far too long without a raise, and Gov. McCrory will address that (Wednesday) when he releases his budget," McCrory spokesman Ryan Tronovitch said in an email. "The governor’s budget proposal will be a step towards resolving not only these magistrates’ concerns, but other state employees across and teachers across the state.”

We can not WAIT to see where Pat is going to find the money to give all state employees well deserved raises. Does he have a printing press in the basement of the guvnor's mansion?

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Wait...

Pat wouldn't...er...pull a Pat and just blow smoke about raises off in the distant future without actually providing any in this budget year would he? Would he just try to get headlines saying "McCrory proposes raises for all state employees" (you know, the way he just did for teachers)?

If he were planning something like that, his McSpokesman would use weasel words like "will be a step towards", rather than "will provide sorely needed raises for".

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014