First Responders billboard

A group of city of Atlanta police, firefighters, dispatchers and civilian employees are campaigning for a pay raise. They’ve decided to go public with their message, and in a big way.

Their campaign efforts can be seen on a billboard in northwest Atlanta, which reads “First to respond, last to get paid.”

The sign also notes the city council received a 52 percent pay increase.

Although Mayor Kasim Reed presented the city of Atlanta police and firefighters with a 1 percent payincrease last week, the group responded saying it wants at least a 5 percent pay increase.

Reed announced Friday a proposal to increase the salaries of all city classified employees by 3 percent in the fiscal year 2014 budget. Reed’s recommendation calls for a 1 percent salary increase for all city employees making less than $60,000 a year.

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