06/02/09 124 W - + 11 - 12 Public Comments, City Employee Protests on City Budget

The Raleigh City Council is holding a public hearing is tonight on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2010. The hearing starts at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Read the press release, which includes links to the budget documents. Or read prior blog comments from readers on the issue.

WRAL is reporting that organizations representing police officers, firefighters, and other city workers are planning to attend, and protest the budget. Among the budget proposals include a merit raise cap at 4 percent, elimination of a cost-of-living increase, and increased health insurance premiums.

The hearing will also be broadcast live on cable channel RTN11, and streamed online on the city web site. Click to view the live streaming site.

waaa. waaa. WCFF’s are getting NO merit raise at all, so quit bitching.
wcff - 06/02/09 - 21:37

Really? Really? I mean complaining about somebody else doing something you and yours didn’t have the desire, want, or gumption to do, and doesn’t affect you? Not only that I didn’t know there were any WCFF’s… just FF’s of various departments in the county. Big difference when you are talking about firefighters who are used to raises and cost-of-living increases and standard health insurance rates, and now are getting told they won’t be getting them. I feel the pain.

Kudos to the Raleigh brothers and sisters for fighting for their benefits and raises.

And yes I am happy to have a job, and yes I’m upset as well about a possible merit raise cap, and other benefits that are being raised, or eliminated. It’s time our public employees stood up for themselves!
CFP 7021 - 06/02/09 - 22:39

Good question, does the county directly employ FFs? I can’t quite tell from the budget docs.

Fire Service full-time employee counts are easy to spot. FY10 proposed, 18.50. FY09, 16. FY08, 17.50. FY07, 17. FY06, 21. FY05, 21. FY04, 22. Source: http://www.wakegov.com/budget/
Legeros - 06/03/09 - 06:04

Last night’s crowded City Council meeting— standing room only— opened with citizen petitions on non-budget matters. Comments on budget opened with remarks from police and fire employees, by way of RPPA and RPFFA presidents. Media coverage includes…

News & Observer – http://www.newsobserver.com/front/story/..
NBC17 – http://wake.mync.com/site/Wake/news/stor..
Legeros - 06/03/09 - 06:29

I believe the County still pays for at least 2 FF’s. One in Stony Hill and one in Rolesville
Mike - 06/03/09 - 10:24

Yes, I am happy to have a job. My wife works at Wakemed and she is not getting a raise or Wakeshare this year. In Cary we lost our COLA over ten years ago and our raises are now based on merit. The word was when the COLA was done away with, the “then” town manager rececived a huge raise for saving the town so much money. Anyway, I am glad the brothers/sisters are fighting the system but a 4% raise is better than nothing & you still have a job. We have been told at a recent meeting that “no changes” are planned for the town but the fire chief he has told himself he probably will not be getting a raise next year. Our health coverage went up this year for the 1st time in four years. Be careful what you asked for. Be safe!
fire1983 - 06/03/09 - 10:31

Put your name on here if you want to hold any merit, or, let’s take it to the watchdesk so you can hide behind your screen name and use really, really bad words, tough guy.
Silver - 06/03/09 - 17:16

Exxpanding on an earlier question. The county does not employ the FFs. ALl are now corporate or municipal employed. The remaining Wake County suppression employees are: 1 Captain at Stony Hill and 1 FF at Rolesville. They are under the county’s retirement and benefits systems and the fire tax base pays for their positions and benefits. It’s “loop-around” money… the $$ are appropriated the FD, then paid back to the county to cover the employee’s expenses (salary and benefits).
A.Rich - 06/03/09 - 20:03

I was glad to see a well spoken, well thought out statement from our Association made at the city council meeting. It was much needed. Times are tough all around, and it is good to put faces to the lines in the budget proposal. The council members need to realize the impact of their decisions on our everyday lives. As one speaker said- “No one comes to the fire service to get rich. It is a calling.” This understanding does not eliminate the right and responsibility to continually attempt to better our circumstances. I for one will see a net decrease in my take home pay, along with many others, and certainly will not be eligible for a 4% merit raise. Very, very few will meet the criteria for that level of increase. Rather than nay-saying and attacking our brothers and sisters who put forth the effort to make things better for all of us, we should be joining together and supporting each other. There is strength in numbers and support, even in a state with labor laws such as ours. How about working with each other for a change????????????
Goose - 06/04/09 - 14:43

Well said. Agree completely.
F.Fierro - 06/04/09 - 18:04

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