Union praises proposed DeKalb minimum wage hike

A local union representing DeKalb County employees is heaping praise on CEO Mike Thurmond for his plan to boost the minimum wage to $14 an hour.

The increase would affect 711 county workers and is part of Thurmond’s 2018 budget proposal, which he unveiled last month. Thurmond’s budget also includes 2-percent salary hikes for other county employees and a plan to hire 155 police officers.

“This budget is a great example of how our elected officials can raise their employees out of poverty wages and fix our infrastructure, all without adding to the county’s deficit,” said Greg Fann, president of AFSCME Local 3, in a news release.

Fann and other union members plan to attend Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting, the first of the year.  Commissioners must approve a budget by Feb. 28.

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond has proposed hiring 155 new DeKalb Police officers. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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