16.10.03

COMPENSATING DIFFERENTIALS? So much work left to do ... here is a letter lamenting the outcome of the new trash-haulers' contract:

"Most people in the helping professions, such as teachers and social workers, don't earn as much as garbage collectors.

"While watching the news, I heard that the drivers make as much as $60,000 per year.

"There are professionals who have master's degrees who don't make that amount.
"

OK, you get up at 3.30 on summer mornings, in order to have your run done by 2 pm so that the stuff you're collecting hasn't festered in the heat all day. Or contemplate setting your rump against a UPS triple ... that's another kind of truck, and it goes to nicer neighborhoods than your truck does, and it hauls nicer-smelling cargo. Maybe the opportunity to sit in an office and do corporal acts of mercy, or compel others to do the acts of mercy for you, is worth a few dollars off your pay. Or maybe, just maybe, those Master's degrees are devalued credentials.

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