ATLANTA -- A hundred public safety employees, their families and other backers, started the day outside city hall-loudly making a point about their city salaries.
"He's bringing home less than ever," said Kelly Uhlis, the wife of an Atlanta police sergeant. She and other raise-backers say city workers gave back five percent of their salaries at the start of Mayor Reed's administration in the name of pension reform. Now they want it back-and more than Reed is offering.
"To suggest a one percent pay raise is absolutely infuriating," said Sgt. Carrie Mills, a retired Atlanta police officer who now works part time for the city. "What is a one percent pay raise? It's a happy meal! Every two weeks. A happy meal!"
By midafternoon, many of them were packing into the city council chamber. But it wasn't just public safety employees.