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Council approves pay raise for ABQ firefighters Web Staff
March 20, 2018 06:12 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Firefighters in Albuquerque are getting a raise.


The City Council voted to give Albuquerque Fire Department union members a 1.5 percent pay hike on top of another 1.5 percent raise granted last year.

It fulfills a three percent hike requested by the union. The city plans to cover the raises with unused money set aside for projects under former Mayor Richard Berry.

"I think they do good work. They do hard work," City Councilor Isaac Benton said. "A lot of the paramedics are out in the streets with our homeless situation. I think it's a fair raise."

Councilors also decided to keep political bias out of city boards, commissions, and committees by banning them from hosting political forums.

The decision follows a forum held by the Police Oversight Board in October. Mayoral candidates were given five minutes to talk about police reform.

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