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Mount Pleasant approves raises for firefighters

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 4:23 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2021 at 11:31 PM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to give town firefighters a raise.

Town spokesperson Martine Miller said the vote was unanimous and approved the plan as presented, which also included a one-time bonus, without making any changes.

The town’s Human Resource Committee’s report, called the “Class and Compensation Study,” states the one-time bonus is based on the town hall’s closure between March 17 and May 31, 2020, during which some employees continued to work.

Criteria such as exposure to COVID-19 and workload during that time will determine how much of the maximum $2,500 employees can get, and that will be the total after taxes are taken out, according to the proposal.

Aside from this one-time bonus, firefighters will see a wage increase of as much as 12%. Other city employees will see wage increases, as well, shown in the chart.

The report states all employees identified as already being at the market rate of pay are expected to receive a 3% increase to maintain competitiveness. Employees identified as being pad under the market will receive higher percentage increases.

This vote came after the Professional Fire Fighters Association of South Carolina pushed the Town of Mount Pleasant to increase firefighters’ salaries in August.

“When salaries don’t go up, what happens to your employees? If you’re not doing it and other places are, why are you going to stay here?” PFFASC Vice President William Pesature said. “You know, listen, everybody knows you’re not going to get rich being a firefighter, but you should be properly compensated for what you do and the hours you put in, and they’re not.”

Town officials expect the wage increases to take effect before November, according to the Human Resource Committee.

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