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The Birmingham City Council added another element in the city's ongoing dispute over firefighter salaries today, voting to affirm the pay reductions made last month by Mayor William Bell. However, the vote does not end a fight that a judge must ultimately decide.
The council's resolution lowered the annual hours for firefighters. But firefighters say the resolution effectively lowers the hourly rate for firefighters from $17 an hour to $13 an hour, making official what Bell put into place last month, action that sparked a lawsuit. Firefighters filed a lawsuit against the city and Bell over adjustments that cut about 600 firefighters' paychecks up to 20 percent.
"This is a very unfortunate situation that we have been put in and the people who put us in this situation aren't here," said Councilwoman Valerie Abbott. "What has happened has happened and now we've got to fix it one way or another."
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"Each one of you all knew when you got the increase that something was wrong," Hoyt said to some jeers in the audience. "This mayor is pressed to make Adidas Neo Lite Racer Men
Abbott also read the letter from the Personnel Board asking the city to state the specific hourly rate for fireighters. However Councilman Steven Hoyt offered the most harsh comments, saying employees knew they were overpaid.
Hoyt got even more jeers when he said the city had not asked the firefighters to repay the overpayment but could have.
The city contends that millions were spent erroneously because the hourly rates for firefighters was set too high. Bell and lawyers for the city said the pay was too high because the city incorrectly set hourly rates the same as for police officers."They designated a salary schedule that has never before been approved," said Raymond Fitzpatrick, the lawyer for the firefighters. "We are very disappointed, but we will see what we can do to try to preserve our pay as best we can."
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"Although I support the objective to respond to the request of the Personnel Board, after speaking with them last Thursday, I have sincere doubts as to the integrity and intent behind some of the language in the resolution that was approved," she said.
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complication, Councilwoman Kim Rafferty, who sponsored the resolution, ended up voting no on the provision, saying she was uncomfortable with the language suggested by the Personnel Board.
Birmingham City Council votes to affirm pay reductions for firefighters
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