Reed in talks to implement Atlanta city employee raises - CBS46 News

Reed in talks to implement Atlanta city employee raises

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Mayor Kasim Reed met the president and several members of PACE/NAGE Local 550 and leaders of AFSCME Local 1644 Wednesday to discuss implementing an employee pay raise for City of Atlanta employees.

Reed outlined a plan in which employee pay raises would be discussed after the city receives the latest property tax digest figures from Fulton County in January.

"We are confident that we can reach a resolution when we meet again in January," said Mayor Reed. "My goal is to agree on a pay increase for City of Atlanta employees - one that is fair to them, and responsible, affordable and sustainable for the city."

The talks come after Reed approved a 50 percent pay raise that city council members voted to give themseleves. The raises will go into effect in 2014.

The council voted to increase Reed's pay raise as well, a move the mayor declined.

PACE/NAGE Local 550 President Gina Pagnotta said she and the other union members who attended the meeting appreciated Reed's commitment to decline the pay raise if he is elected to a second mayoral term.

Pagnotta said the meeting was "heartfelt" and ended on an optimistic note.

"I've never seen Mayor Reed go back on his word," Pagnotta said. "He said he wants to give employees a meaningful raise, something that after taxes are taken out can be used to make a real difference, like pay a large bill. On our end, we said we work to improve employee morale in the city's departments and encourage even more efficiency and productivity."

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