Memphis police, fire unions plan protest before council meeting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis police, fire unions plan protest before council meeting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis police and fire unions are demanding change and union leaders are planning a protest before Tuesday's city council meeting.

Union leaders asked the public to join them as they continue their fight over benefits. The police and firefighters union are battling with the city over raises and better benefits.

Memphis rejected the union's $41 million employee contract proposal last Wednesday citing an already stretched budget. Mayor A C Wharton maintains that the city does not have the money this year to give unions what they are demanding.

The battle is now in a seven-day "cooling off" period and will soon go before the city council. Outspoken council member Myron Lowery recently commented saying the issue should have been resolved by Wharton's administration rather than coming to the council. 

Meanwhile, the unions say the failed negotiations have resulted in low morale and an increase of resignation. Both police and firefighter associations plan to demonstrate in front on city hall ahead of Tuesday's council meeting to make their voices heard.

It's unclear if the benefits battle will be on the council agenda.

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