Mobile County Employees Ask For Help

Mobile County Employees Ask For Help

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Some wore blue work shirts.  Others still had their reflective yellow vests on as the crowded the auditorium at Government Plaza.  Dozens of Mobile County employees walked up to the microphone and voiced their needs to county commissioners.  Some argued a 2.5% raise wasn’t enough and a 10% increase would make a real difference.  Some employees talked about taking multiple jobs just to make ends meet.

There are several ideas on the table for Commissioners to consider when they vote on the budget next Monday.  As it stands now the budget would not include any pay increase but keep the employee per diem bonus at $10 a day.  Commissioner Jerry Carl proposed increasing that to $15 on top of a 2.5% raise.  His motion was not seconded so it may not have any traction. 

Another issue is a hike in how much employees have to contribute to their health insurance plan.  Some argue an increase of 4.85% to 6.5% would eat up any benefit employees receive from the $10 per diem rate.  Another proposal is to have the county absorb that insurance increase until a later date. 

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