Birmingham firefighters sue city, mayor over pay cuts - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Birmingham firefighters sue city, mayor over pay cuts

Birmingham firefighters talk Friday about their lawsuit against the city over pay cuts (WBRC photo) Birmingham firefighters talk Friday about their lawsuit against the city over pay cuts (WBRC photo)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Firefighters in the city of Birmingham filed a lawsuit Friday against the city and Mayor William Bell over unannounced pay cuts.

Firefighters filed the lawsuit Friday after they received their paychecks Friday morning, which they say were 20 percent lower than usual.

An attorney for the firefighters said the lawsuit was filed because Mayor Bell cut the salaries illegally. The attorney said the mayor did not consult with and get approval from the city council before implementing the cuts, a move the attorney said was required under an ordinance passed by the city council in 2008.

The firefighters said they did not know the pay cuts were coming until they received their paychecks Friday morning.

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