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    Angry Firefighters on welfare while City awaits pay study

    Plant City firefighters seeking an additional pay increase

    Wednesday, November 13
    Plant City, FL

    Protesters from all across the Bay area picketed in front of Plant city's city hall on Tuesday.

    No resolutions for some Bay area firefighter that are demanding a pay raise. Plant City council members failed to address the issue at a meeting Tuesday night.
    Before the meeting, members of fire fighting agencies across the region joined their brethren from Plant City as they attempted to get their point across.
    For most of the day, a steady stream of protesters gathered outside City Hall to voice their displeasure at their pay rate, which is about eight dollars an hour.
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    Last week, Plant City leaders offered a five percent hike, but thatís not enough according to the firefighters. They are seeking an additional four- percent.
    "We all work second jobs; thereís only a few that donít," said David Jackson of Plant City Fire and Rescue. "Thatís because they're in school, but almost every single person that works for Plant City has to work a second job."

    Clay Acker used to work for the Plant City Fire Department but was forced to move on for financial reasons.

    "I know a couple of guys who are on welfare and have to get food stamps for their kids," Acker said. "That's really terrible."

    Acker moved on for better pay.

    City officials say they awaiting the results of a study on salaries for government employees and wonít make any decisions until the study is complete sometime next summer.

    Story from http://www.baynews9.com/NewsStory.cfm?storyid=8647


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    Thumbs down Plant City FD wages

    $8.34 an hour and you have to have FF1 and EMT certifications?

    My son (a freshman in college) works part time in the dining hall of an assisted living facility and makes $9.30 an hour for hosting!
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    Default Re: Firefighters on welfare while City awaits pay study

    Originally posted by Firebug030
    Plant City council members failed to address the issue at a meeting Tuesday night.

    City officials say they awaiting the results of a study on salaries for government employees and wonít make any decisions until the study is complete sometime next summer.
    Oh sure.....maybe if they ignore it long enough....it will go away. The truth of the matter is....you don't need to wait for a study to become available. They are already out there. And how about something that would take very little effort...like a simple survey of what other communities pay their firefighters? Is that too difficult? That might take a few phone calls, huh?

    The Plant City council is sidestepping the issue...postponing it, putting it off; whatever you want to call it.

    C'mon council members...get with the program. Firefighters are damn well worth more than $8.?? an hour.
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