Tuscaloosa approves increase for mechanics’ wages
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson and Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller
Tuscaloosa leaders recently approved an increase in starting wages for city fleet maintenance and mechanic workers.
The wages will increase a range of $50,578.30 to $67,114.72 a year as a way to attract and retain their employees. The change will also give mechanics an opportunity to grow in their field.
“We did find after some studies that our mechanics were below what they should be making, so we’re hopefully starting to right that wrong,” said Tuscaloosa City Council President Kip Tyner. “Mechanics are tough and they’re dealing with our recycling trucks, garbage trucks, fire trucks and police cars. We want to let them know that they’re very much appreciated.”
Tyner said the city is already seeing a positive reaction from this announcement.