Asheville Fire Fighters Association pushing for a higher minimum wage
Fire fighters in Asheville are rallying for higher wages. The Asheville Fire Fighters Association says the city has raised minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour for all 13 hundred city employees, except for 77 fire fighters. Scott Mullins, engine company captain for the Asheville Fire Department and president of the association, says new hires at the station make just under 12 dollars an hour. He's now asking the city and mayor to start paying 15 dollars for all workers, including fire fighters. "Just what we do every day, it's a dangerous job and for the city to not show value in our fire fighters is just insulting and extremely disappointing," Mullins said. He says fire fighters work 56 hours a week and believes that is why the city has not raised their minimum wage.
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