238 Birmingham workers opt in on early retirement program

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A plan to reduce the Birmingham city workforce has worked better than expected.  238 Birmingham city workers have decided to leave their jobs in the city's early retirement program.

The purpose of the program is for Birmingham to slim down the city government's workforce and reap the savings on salaries and benefits.  Those eligible were offered a cash incentive for years worked, reimbursement for unused sick time and an insurance plan for those not eligible for Medicare.

The savings from those leaving is expected to be around $16 million, but that amount will be less as the city rehires critical vacated positions.

The city was hoping for 50% participation of eligible workers. 55% of the workers did participate.

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