HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WBRC) – Town of Homewood is predicted to put out a brand new funds inside the subsequent few months and the Homewood Firefighters Affiliation is hoping it features a elevate for first responders.
“Guys are having to work two jobs simply to pay payments proper now,” President of Homewood Firefighters Affiliation Native 1288 Mark Robison mentioned. “Homewood Hearth Division has obtained 11.8% in value of residing adjustment since 2007. The final three years alone, inflation is 17.5%, however Homewood has solely gotten a 1% value of residing adjustment.”
Robison mentioned they’ve seen 30 workers go away within the final two years, some retired, however others went to different cities within the county that pay extra.
“We had a man that’s been with Homewood over 10 years go away and go to Tarrant,” he mentioned. “Tarrant obtain a 20 % value of residing this 12 months.”
He mentioned they’re working with the mayor and the town to enhance charges by asking for 3 large modifications. They need value of residing changes, shifting the pay cycle, and modifications to insurance coverage premiums. Robison mentioned they have been in a position to change the pay cycle, which has helped.
“13 shifts right down to 9 shifts modifications your pay cycle a bit, however its given the blokes about three to 4 extra paid days off per 12 months,” he mentioned.
However, even with just a few extra days off through the 12 months, Robison mentioned if the town doesn’t sustain with inflation, they may lose extra employees.
“I’ve already had 9 or ten guys come to me and say if it doesn’t change this 12 months, they’re leaving,” Robison mentioned. “The blokes simply wish to really feel appreciated.”
Robison mentioned the Mayor and the town are anticipated to begin wanting on the funds quickly, however till modifications are made, he mentioned Homewood ranks ninth within the county for firefighter pay.
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