Mission lifeguards to get pay raise they appealed to city council for last September

Mission lifeguards had their picture taken with the city council after making a presentation asking for a raise.
Mission lifeguards had their picture taken with the city council after making a presentation asking for a raise last September.

A group of Mission lifeguards who made a plea for higher wages before the city council last September will get a pay raise.

The 10 lifeguards came to the city council last fall to say the they were paid less than lifeguards in nearby cities. Last week, the Mission city staff presented an updated pay plan for part-time employees that includes a raise for the lifeguards.

Lifeguard starting hourly pay will be raised from $7.50 in Mission to $8.75. That brings it in line with the starting pay in Fairway, Prairie Village, Olathe and Shawnee, according to a city survey. Lifeguards for the Johnson County Parks and Recreation system make $9.50 per hour.

Mission also will adjust pay for several part-time positions at the community center and aquatic center, making starting pay for general staff consistent at $8 per hour. Camp counselors also will be paid $8 per hour, the assistant camp director $10 per hour and the camp director position, which requires a college degree, will be $12 per hour.

The staff also recommended reinstating annual raises for existing part-time employees who have not had a salary increase since 2008.

The lifeguards said in September that they had not received a raise in several years. The city’s compensation plan is reviewed at the end of every year.