PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Six months have gone by and retired Prichard city workers arestill not receiving their pension checks. Many of the retirees areunable to support themselves without the money they expected to getback after working for Prichard for many years.
It's been six months since the City of Prichard has paid it'sretired city workers. For Wanda Spradlin, that missing check isstarting to hurt.
"I have a lot of bills. In fact, yesterday I got the amount thatmy medicine has been since the first of the year and it's been$2,400," said Spradlin.
Wanda should have been receiving her pension check all along,which now totals more than $3,000 lost.
"They didn't tell us that we wouldn't, the checks would bestopped. We had no communication whatsoever. October just came andwe didn't get one. So when we started investigating why our checksweren't coming, all we heard was 'ah, there's no money," Spradlinadded.
Wanda went to work for Prichard in 1960. She was a crossingguard and police officer.
"I worked the crossings. I worked on a number of them. I workedWhistler and 45 mostly, but I worked just about every crossing inPrichard," said Spradlin.
She spent 25 years working in intersections near schools,helping children cross the street safely. At the present, Wanda hasback problems and has to see a doctor regularly. She said she canhardly pay her medical bills.
"We have just been treated dirty. They have had no compassion onus whatsoever. They have no compassion on us where we are starvingto death. It's just a situation I never thought we would be in,"she said.
Wanda, along with many other city-worker retirees, are demandinganswers. They want to know where the money that they paid into thefund decades ago went.
"The City of Prichard, it's not just how much we've lost, it'sall this time and work we've put in for them. They are treating uslike step children," Wanda said.
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