What we really need is to look into what it will take for the City of Memphis to own their own team. I think we can do it. It's better than have a front office that is not fully vested in the city making decision for us. To them it just about the money. We need to do like the Greenbay Packers fans and take own the responsibility ourselves. What will it take. Can we get an honest dialog going on how this can be done.
Should the Mayor get a raise? Heck no! Has anyone checked lately to see what the Administrative staff which consists of Secretaries & clerks that work for the City of Memphis get paid? We sign a statement when we are hired stating that we will not strike but our salaries are consistently lower than any other government agency. The Mayor’s appointees and certain cronies get paid huge salaries, but not the secretaries and clerks that keep this place running from day to day.
We are consistently paid less than Federal, State, and County employees. Many of us especially those that are single parents are struggling and having to work two jobs just to make ends meet. But we are never the topic of any news stories or public interest. We take the calls and complaints everyday. We are cursed out, yelled at and generally treated like the trash that is put on the curb each day. The overall anger and bitterness that the citizens feel for the Mayor gets taken out on us, but we never complain. The City of Memphis just brought many of our salaries up to the $10 minimum wage. There were still many employees who had not reached the $10 after many years of service.
There are many of us with College degrees and we are not even compensated when we attain a degree of higher learning. Many out of frustration after years and years of applying for a better position eventually just quit the city all together. It makes my stomach turn every time somebody assumes that because I work at City Hall that I’m making this great salary. You need to do a story about that sometimes. I would like for somebody to fight for our cause. They forget that we are voting citizens and we are in this building everyday seeing what is going on and we know first hand who is making the money. Every time they make a dumb deal and through away millions of dollars on projects, I think of all the families that that money could have helped, or all the employees that could have had a couple of dollars add to their salaries.
By Richard Alley
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