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February 19, 2004

Raises approved for workers at deaf and blind school

From: AL.com, AL - Feb 19, 2004

The Associated Press

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Trustees of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind approved the first raise for production workers at the school's factory in almost 15 years.

Hourly wages will go from $5.98 to $6.28 an hour, and the increase in pay could take effect on workers' March 12 paychecks, said executive director Billy Sparkman.

Sparkman said the hike would cost about $78,000 annually. Along with new incentive pay that will be phased in over six months, some employees could earn as much as $9 an hour.

Workers at Alabama Industries for the Blind manufacture many products, including flags and military equipment and clothing for U.S. military services. The plant, a part of the school, employs 280 people.

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