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Atlanta City Council members consider raise proposal

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CBS Atlanta News had Tough Questions for Atlanta City Council members considering giving themselves a 50 percent pay raise.

As of now it's just a proposal, but city workers are already furious. They even gave council members an earful during a committee meeting Wednesday.

Atlanta's Elected Officials Compensation Commission recommended the pay raise.  

The proposed 50 percent increase would take council salaries from $39,000 a year to $60,000.

Atlanta Police Union President Ken Allen didn't hold back after learning that council members were considering raising their salaries.

Allen said his officers conceded a tremendous amount of pay so council could balance the city's budget.

"They asked us to be a partner. They asked to work together as a partner to solve the problems of the city to help the financial recovery. This does not keep them at that partnership," said Allen.

The commission also suggested a 20 percent raise for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

Atlanta union leaders see even the consideration of the salary bump a betrayal. 

"All they know is 50 percent more money and we can't even get 1 percent increase a year. It's maddening," union worker Gina Pagnotta-Murphy said.

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