RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh police and firefighters showed up in force at Tuesday’s Raleigh City Council meeting to demand a larger raise.
The council’s budget hearing will discuss the proposed spending plan that includes a raise of up to 3.5 percent for city employees.
On Tuesday, police and firefighters in attendance called for the council to not approve the proposed budget. They want a seven-percent raise.
At the time of the meeting, the council chambers were at capacity.
Firefighters held signs that read, “Would you do this job – 56 hours a week for $11.22 per hour.”
Other signs, held by both police and fire representatives said they can’t live in the city they protect.
Police officers and firefighters say they have received raises the past few years, but the rising cost of health insurance have offset most of those pay increases.
Chris Ferrell, a Raleigh Firefighter, says the pay is so low for firefighters; many of his colleagues have had to take part-time jobs.