Charlotte proposes to make 187 temporary workers full-time employees

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee’s proposed budget includes shifting 187 temporary workers to full-time status, a change that would give the employees a partially city-funded 401(k) as well as health and dental benefits.

Most of the affected jobs are at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, where 100 shuttle bus drivers will be elevated to regular city employees. Forty-six service representatives at the airport will also become full time.

Other departments would also gain full-time employees, including the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (15); the Fire Department (3); and solid waste services (13).

Budget Director Randy Harrington said the change was proposed to be “more transparent and reflect the actual, existing staffing level at the city. This conversion also brings their benefits to a consistent level with other regular employees.”

He said the city would have to provide health benefits to the employees because of the Affordable Care Act.

Harrington said the cost increases for most conversions would be absorbed through existing budgets.

The airport would spend $2.4 million on the change. CMPD would spend $1.1 million.

The City Council will vote on the proposed budget in June. The budget has no property tax increase but does have small monthly increases in water bills and stormwater fees.