Friday, May 14, 2010

Jobs in Illinois!!

Hey, there's work down in FIB Land.

...the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Teamsters union, the state is gearing up to hire at least 170 new highway maintainers over the next six weeks.

“Once in place, the workers will mow interstate right-of-ways, pick up dead animals and operate snow plows. But, given the state’s massive budget woes, some lawmakers find the mass hiring puzzling. “Seems a little strange,” state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, said Tuesday.”

“DOT spokeswoman Marissa Kollias said the agreement inked with the Teamsters last year gives the state a $3 million financial incentive to boost the number of new maintainers from last year’s level of 1,737 workers to more than 1,900 by July 1. Base pay for a highway maintainer is about $47,700 annually….”

Near $50K to cut the grass and push snow.

Not bad at all.

HT: LaborPains

2 comments:

TerryN said...

So even if there are no additional road miles to clean up they need 170 more workers. I wonder how many more supervisors they will now need.

Ashok Kumar said...
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