Updated: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 8:53 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 8:53 AM EDT
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters in Wilmington are going to the public as they seek better pay and benefits.
The StarNews of Wilmington reports (http://bit.ly/14RJku8 ) the Wilmington Professional Firefighters Association is running ads on several electronic billboards around the city.
One of the ads has picture of a firefighter with the legend: "Risking our lives for $9.63 an hr."
Another, with a firefighter climbing a ladder, asks "Why are we at the bottom of the pay ladder?"
Wilmington human resources director Jeanne Sexton told a budget meeting last week about the low pay for public safety workers.
Sexton said city salaried and hourly employees are paid about 9 percent below comparable markets overall. But she says starting firefighters earn 21 percent below the market rate.
Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com
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