by Lake County News-Chronicle
June 13, 2013 at 9:53 am in Lake County News-Chronicle
Tags: letter to the editor, Opinion 1 Comment »
A city worker in your position does not deserve more money just because someone working at another enterprise makes more than you. You are paid what the taxpayer and the city budget for compensation can afford for the job you are doing for the public.
You may claim the work done by the coop employees is the same as the work you do, but if that is true, then why don’t you apply for a job there if money is the issue? Truth probably is that the jobs are very different, even though you may be able to help now and then under certain emergency conditions.
Everybody in this county has had to make adjustments because of the economy, including nearly all the folks who pay the taxes that pay your salaries and benefits. We expect you to do the same, accept that is the way life has become, and do your jobs and do them well without envying others who make more money than you do.
We also expect you to be grateful you have an income, sick pay benefits and a retirement plan. Too many of us paying your way don’t have any of those things anymore.
The city is doing the right thing having a disinterested third party take a look at the facts, and recommend a pay and benefit plan that may be more appropriate and applicable given the public sector you work in, and the budget the city has to work with.
I make no comments on the quality of the work you do for the public. I am sure it is acceptable or you wouldn’t have a job. I do believe, however, there is a reason the coop workers make more than you, and that the reason is perfectly valid. But if you think you are not replaceable or paid too little, think again. There are probably a dozen people waiting in line, who would be thrilled to take a job like the one you are so fortunate to have.
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