Wake County Commissioners Raise The Wage! For 75 out of 4,000 Employees. – #ncpol

Wherein John Burns and Matt Calabria break their arms off patting each other on the back. I’m sure Bully Barber and his merry band of ‘Fight for $15’ folks will be pleased.

 

Via WRAL:

The Wake County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to adopt a policy ensuring county workers earn a “living wage.”

The policy would increase the minimum wage paid by the county to full-time workers to $13.50 an hour. About 75 of the county’s 4,000 employees earn less than that now, with some making as little as $11.08 an hour.

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The pay raises, which go into effect Dec. 1, will total about $93,000. Officials said departments would be able to absorb the extra expense.

The horror of being paid “as little as $11.08″… when the minimum wage is $7.25.

That wage was for what jobs again? Oh right, the article doesn’t really mention that. In fact, the article doesn’t say what many of these jobs are or how long the employee has had said job, except for one:

Kim Furino has worked at the Wake County Animal Shelter for two years and earns $11.85 an hour to feed animals and clean cages.

I get the argument that better pay makes for happier, more productive workers. That’s a no brainer. But not so much here. Furino gets $11.85 to feed animals and clean cages and has done that for two years. I can see how that extra $1.65 will help Furino want to come to work more? MoreWithFourNotOneCentBackWBOC14

I’m sorry if I sound crass here, but this entire thing just walks, talks and smells like a Moral Monday PR stunt.

I think it would be interesting for the Wake County Board of Commissioners to really put our money where their mouth is.

They could do that by letting the public see what each of these 75 positions are, how long the employee has been in that position, the starting salary and the increase they will get?

You know, TRANSPARENCY?

Wait, there’s one more tidbit:

The pay raises, which go into effect Dec. 1, will total about $93,000. Officials said departments would be able to absorb the extra expense.

Really? Wake has just under $100k hanging around waiting to be ‘absorbed’?

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One Response to Wake County Commissioners Raise The Wage! For 75 out of 4,000 Employees. – #ncpol

  1. Kathy young says:

    It amazes me that people without a high school diploma or any real job skills other than fast food, feeding animals or emptying trash feel they deserve more pay than I ever earned as a math teacher with a master’s degree and decades of experience. that type of job is NOT MEANT to be a career. It is entry level for teens. Get some education and marketable skills so you can earn a living wage. Otherwise, for minimal knowledge and skill, you get minimal wage, which is what makes sense to people who have common sense.

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