To The Daily: My husband has worked for the Alabama Department of Transportation for 12 years. They have had one merit raise in 10 years and that was under Gov. Bob Riley.
When Don Siegelman was governor, they got their merit and cost-of-living raises every year. They are due another raise in January, and it is already frozen.
How are we supposed to live with everything going up in cost when they get nothing? Teachers get their raises. We have families, too.
Also, insurance for ALDOT goes up, as well as co-pays, when teachers’ insurance is cheaper and so are their co-pays.
ALDOT workers are important, too! They have a dangerous job, even if people don’t think about it. Workers have been hit by cars and killed while working on roadways, and have had tractors turn over on them while mowing steep banks so our roadways will look nice.
One man was killed while working in an ice storm. He slipped on ice, severing his spinal cord. He was two years from retirement. They don’t work an 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. job for eight or nine months with pay while out for the summer.
ALDOT workers have a 12-month, five-days-a-week job, with 24 hours on call seven days a week.
So I think those raises should be evened up. ALDOT families are losing homes and vehicles and can’t pay bills. In other words, we’re going under.
So someone, please ... We need help!
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