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Atlanta Mayor lets Council pay increase become law, wants to talk raises for employees

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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.

 

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  1. MADJACK

    December 15th, 2012

    Mayor Kasim??? Sounds muslim to me. So who’s gonna pay for all these wage increases??? Probably could get an Obowme bailout I suppose. :roll: $60k to be a city councilman??? :roll:

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  2. MNP

    December 15th, 2012

    “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
    Ben Franklin

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  3. Diann

    December 15th, 2012

    Kasim?

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  4. Hotlanta Mike

    December 15th, 2012

    Just another reason I do not live in Dekalb or Fulton Counties to pay taxes to fund this cabal.

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  5. Billy Fuster

    December 15th, 2012

    More legalized theft from the cowering taxpayers.

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  6. dave

    December 15th, 2012

    “So who’s gonna pay for all these wage increases??? ”

    Soddy oil money

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  7. J Frank Parnell

    December 15th, 2012

    It’s the brutha in-law deal.

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  8. Tony R

    December 15th, 2012

    Ever been to Atlanta? The public employees don’t exactly “look like America” if you know what I mean.

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  9. thirdtwin

    December 15th, 2012

    All I want for Christmas is Milton County, so that none of the Fulton County taxes I currently pay will ever again line the pockets of these Governmental Urban Elite Space Traders.

    And speaking of GUESTs, I wonder who disgraced former Atlanta School superintendent Beverly Hall has traded spaces with. I’m pretty sure the taxpayers of some majority-black city are now paying her a fat salary for nothing.

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  10. sablegsd

    December 15th, 2012

    AA,PC and BRA killed this country.

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