Dead Houston City Worker Earned Near-Poverty Wage & My Letter To City Officials About This Issue
Last week, City of Houston road crew worker Jerry Hines, Jr, was killed while helping motorists during bad weather. The Houston Chronicle reported that Mr. Hines earned only $17,000 a year. I have e-mailed the following letter to my Houston elected officials. We will see what responses I get.——
The Houston Chronicle reported that Jerry Hines, Jr., the city road crew worker killed on the job last week during the bad weather, earned only $17,000 a year. Might you please tell me if this report was correct? Was this a salary for full-time work?
I calculate that an employee paid $17,000 a year for full-time work is making $8.17 an hour. Do you believe $8.17 an hour is a living wage and that a city government should be paying such wages?
Might you also please inform me if other city workers make similar salaries? If so, how many and what kind of work do they do?
I was appalled when I read what Mr. Hines earned. I am hoping you have information that will put this report in a different light. If not, I am asking what steps you will take to help city workers earn a decent wage.
9/18/07—Please click here for an update on the subject of low pay for City of Houston workers.