New Orleans — Construction workers in New Orleans, Louisiana will receive raises starting in April, with the first paychecks to hit the streets on May 1, the city announced Tuesday.
New Orleans City Council members and other elected officials had urged Mayor Mitch Landrieu to begin rolling out the new paychecks in the coming weeks, as the city tries to recover from the recent devastating hurricane.
But a state Department of Labor and Industry report indicated that the first of more than $20 million in new raises would not be ready for a few weeks.
Landrieu has said he wants to see construction workers get the raise, but he has not specified what pay raises are expected to be for other workers.
The state Department for Labor and Industries report, which was obtained by CNN, found that the city’s first paycheck would go out on April 29, 2019, and the first paycheck would be paid on May 31, 2020.
The report found that about 1,200 employees are set to be eligible for raises starting April 29.
About 4,300 employees are expected by the end of the month to be set to receive their paychecks.
The city has a population of about 2.6 million, making it one of the most densely populated in the country.