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Atlanta 911 operators protest council raise

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Atlanta 911 operators protested outside Atlanta City Hall Wednesday morning.

The operators, like other city union workers, are angry after Atlanta City Council members voted to increase their pay by 50 percent.

It has been a decade since their last raise.

The workers want Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to veto the measure.

"For us not to get our raises, and some on City Council to get raises. It's really just a slap in the face," 911 operator Yuanda Benjamin said.

Workers were especially disturbed by the council's raise because many city workers haven't had a raise in years.

"It's been 10-plus years since we've had our increment raise from the city of Atlanta. We've always been told there no money for us in the general fund," Benjamin said.

The emergency operators told CBS Atlanta News that not receiving a year bump in pay places a tremendous strain on the workers and their families to make ends meet.

City councilman C.T. Martin understands city workers' frustration.

He believes city workers will also enjoy a raise, but he would not give specifics on the when or how.

"It's not a good message and I regret the way it happened, but I'm still optimistic that we are going to get balanced," he said.

CBS Atlanta News contacted the mayor's office for comment Wednesday. CBS Atlanta News was promised a statement, but has not heard back.

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