Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How much the Convention Center Authority values hard work: not much

From Crane Watchdog:

Nashville's Convention Center Authority, which oversees both the current Convention Center and its replacement, the Music City Center, has engaged Cushion Employer Services to conduct a compensation study. Cushion will make recommendations on staffing, pay, benefits and other issues for the Music City Center.

Based on a job posting for a position at the Convention Center, we can see why the Authority might need a consultant's help. The job calls for a janitor, operating engineer and manager all in one, has lousy hours and pays only $10.93 per hour:

Immediate Opening. Responsibilities include: set-up/dismantling of convention space; general maintenance labor in connection to building maintenance, including sweeping, mopping, washing walls and windows, cleaning restrooms, emptying trash containers, etc. Assist in direction of temporary labor. Knowledge of the techniques and procedures used in setting public events; ability to operate motorized equipment, such as a forklift; and ability to analyze set-up plans and make modifications. Salary: $10.93/hour. Excellent Benefits included.

If you go take a look at the rest of the skinny from the folks at CW, you will learn that the owners of the employer services company selected are very special friends of Karl Dean, you will see how close these new jobs are to the poverty line for laborers who have to support a family, and you will read how Cushion Employee Services and other donors to the Mayor connected to this selection have been in hot water themselves in hypocritical ways. Jump!

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