The First Responders of Atlanta have gone years without a sizable raise. A raise that was promised to them many years ago. They work over 40 hours a week, keeping our streets and city safe, and they take pride in the job they have been hired to do. While cops or firefighters are expected to Sacrifice their Lives for others, Hold themselves to a higher standard of moral and ethical behavior, and work endless hours (sometimes cancelled off days or 12 hour shifts) they also always get the lowest priority when it comes to compensation. The Atlanta City Council has passed the vote to give themselves (the council) a 50% raise However, city council only works Part Time. They get paid $40,000 for a part time job. With this latest vote they will be making up to $60,000. Our men and women are lucky if they make upwards of $35,000. This petition was started to let the Honorable Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed ,know that we are challenging him to veto this. There is a possibility that his veto can be overridden by the council itself. In that event, we want our council members to know that by the next voting term they will find large challenges in their reelection. The main objective of this petition is to say :
First Responders deserve raises First (This means a real raise and not one where you give them 1% and then spike up their benefit contributions). To say as a city and a community, we stand beside and speak up for our First Responders who have no voice in this. We as a people are demanding Financial Compensation for our Sworn Guardians.