Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The proposed city budget for the next fiscal year contains raises for both police and firefighters. Police are scheduled to receive a 6.5 percent raise; firefighters 1.5 percent.
As teachers march today in Raleigh for more pay and more respect, police and firefighters in Charlotte join us to tell us why the pay raise figures proposed in the city’s budget for next year are not enough.
CMPD says they are having trouble attracting and retaining qualified officers because the pay scale is too low, and firefighters are upset because their schedule raise is significantly lower than what police may receive.
We hear from representatives of both departments and from a Charlotte Observer reporter who has been covering this coming up on Charlotte Talks.
Steve Harrison, reporter, Charlotte Observer
Tom Brewer, president, Charlotte Firefighter Association
Peter Grant, member, Charlotte Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police