Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has allowed a roughly 50 percent pay increase for City Council members to become law, but is also committing to sit down with employees next month to start hammering out an agreement on an across-the board pay increase for more than 7,500 rank and file staff.
The move may help defuse anger among Atlanta employees who said the City Council pay increase was way too much.
“We see a path where we can afford pay raises (for all employees),” Reed said this week. “But we are going to do it in a thoughtful and responsible and, most importantly, sustainable way.”
The City Council pay increases, which take effect in 2014 after city-wide elections, will increase the annual salary for City Council members to $60,300, an increase of more than $20,000. The City Council approved the legislation by a 10-4 vote on Dec. 3.
The vote sparked an immediate backlash, with employees protesting outside City Hall.
On Thursday, Ken Allen, president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 623, criticized the vote.