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Common Council File #151209 was approved by the Finance and Personnel Committee and the Common Council in December 2015. Therefore, changes were made to the Salary Ordinance that allowed the Department of Employee Relations to create and administer salary adjustment provisions in 2016 for City of Milwaukee employees who have been excluded from pay progression practices allowed under career ladders created in 2012 and beyond or employees covered by provisions of labor agreements. The recommended changes are designed to address the following critical needs:

  1. Establish pay progression practices that will assist the city compete for top talent to fill vacant positions;
  2. Improve retention rates of recent hires and reduce turnover of fully trained contributors;
  3. Continue the implementation of pay practices that recognize employee contributions and performance standards (instead of length of service); and,
  4. Minimize pay differentials created by years of frozen wages among employees performing similar work at comparable levels of proficiency.

The DER report with Salary Ordinance language, an FAQ document, and a list of titles or pay ranges excluded are available through the Pay Progression Toolkit.

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Updated Information Regarding Residency (8.04.15)

On July 21, 2015, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals rightfully issued a unanimous decision upholding the City of Milwaukee’s 75 year old residency ordinance. The ordinance requires all city employees to become residents of the city within 6 months of hire, and to remain residents as a condition of being employed by the city. The Court’s decision held that under the Home Rule Amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution, the City of Milwaukee is entitled to enforce the ordinance in spite of a state statute enacted in June, 2013 to the contrary.

The City of Milwaukee is committed to continuing its residency rule. However, in consideration of uncertainty during the time it may take to know whether the Wisconsin Supreme Court will review the case, the City has agreed to continue to suspend enforcement of the ordinance. The City will fully enforce the ordinance once the Supreme Court either refuses review or affirms the Court of Appeals’ well-founded opinion. Employees who disregard the ordinance do so at their own risk.

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Important Information Regarding Pension Contribution Changes Effective February 1, 2015 (r. 02.11.15)

Effective February 1st or Pay Period 4 of 2015, all general city employee members of the Employee’ Retirement System who were hired prior to January 1, 2014 will contribute 5.5% of their earnable compensation (i.e., base salary) towards their pension as a result of recent Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision. The following table summarizes employees’ eligibility for salary adjustments as a result of having to make this 5.5% contribution per the WI Supreme Court decision on Act 10.

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City Hall
200 E. Wells Street
Room 706
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3515
Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


General Information
(414) 286-3751
TDD: (414) 286-2960

Employment Opportunities
(414) 286-5555 (24-hour recording)

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(City of Milwaukee employees)
(800) 996-7566
Employer Code: 11692

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(414) 286-CITY (2489)

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Employee Relations Director

Maria Monteagudo


Phone: 414.286.3398
Fax: 414.286.0203