Union claims unfair wages in N.M.

Union claims unfair wages in N.M.

There are 16 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from Jun 7, 2011, titled Union claims unfair wages in N.M.. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

An alliance of craft unions claims the state government has broken its own law by failing to pay the prevailing industry wage on public works projects.

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True American Patriot

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jun 8, 2011
I was under the impression that we had unions on the public works programs? State highway department & contractors pay their flagmen/women 3-4 times minimum wage....isn't that "union" wages?

Since: Jul 08

Alamogordo, NM

#2 Jun 8, 2011
Pay in NM has always been low since I was a kid. A flag person job is hard, dangerous work. 3-4 times minimum wage is NOT enough. True Patriot, would you do that job for 3-4 times minimum wage?
Me again

United States

#3 Jun 8, 2011
Minimum wage is 7.25 hr. So three to four times is 21.75 to 29.00 per hour, is that not enough for you Andy?

Since: Jul 08

Alamogordo, NM

#4 Jun 8, 2011
Me again wrote:
Minimum wage is 7.25 hr. So three to four times is 21.75 to 29.00 per hour, is that not enough for you Andy?
No, not for a hot, dangerous job. For a regular job, I consider it good pay.
No Way

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jun 8, 2011
Me again wrote:
Minimum wage is 7.25 hr. So three to four times is 21.75 to 29.00 per hour, is that not enough for you Andy?
when it takes a PhD in flagology to be a good flagger

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#6 Jun 8, 2011
Andy Whiteman wrote:
Pay in NM has always been low since I was a kid. A flag person job is hard, dangerous work. 3-4 times minimum wage is NOT enough. True Patriot, would you do that job for 3-4 times minimum wage?
Hell yea, i would...Who would not..

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#7 Jun 8, 2011
Andy Whiteman wrote:
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No, not for a hot, dangerous job. For a regular job, I consider it good pay.
I wished our service membersw made that amount of pay per hour, after all they have the hottest environment and dangerous place to work.

So Andy won't work in the heat and humidity, guess that is why America is so spoiled and of the me generation, let's just allow more illegals in and then you do not have to worry about doing any job that makes you uncomfortable.

Since: Jul 08

Alamogordo, NM

#8 Jun 8, 2011
Land Locked Sailor wrote:
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I wished our service membersw made that amount of pay per hour, after all they have the hottest environment and dangerous place to work.
So Andy won't work in the heat and humidity, guess that is why America is so spoiled and of the me generation, let's just allow more illegals in and then you do not have to worry about doing any job that makes you uncomfortable.
That job is too dangerous and violates several of my medical restrictions!
I agree our service members should be paid much more. They are enslaved for a pittance.
At Large

Sturgis, MI

#9 Jun 8, 2011
I wouldn't be a flagger for more than a couple of days...not even for 100 bucks an hour...I would be bored out of my gourd. Iappreciate those of you who can work in factories or in the same location day after day...or do those monotonous jobs...I admire you. But I can't be one of you.
Stan Black

Alamogordo, NM

#10 Jun 8, 2011
Andy are you serious!...$21+ an hour to wave a friggin flag!!!!! Our teachers don't make half that and they at least contribute something to the common good. Andy, I feel that you are a product of inbreeding. Our service members are not enslaved by any meas, they are ALL volunteers, most do it for thier own reasons, many are just taking advantage of a steady paycheck in this terrible economy. Get your head out of the smelly crack its in and take in some oxygen, you're an idiot. Unions bled money off of everything they are associated with, the only people they help are the adminstrators that "manage" the union. Know wha you're talking about before you step to the keyboard.
LBsambo

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Jun 9, 2011
We have tons of people out of work give the jobs to them. Most of them will be glad to get $7.25 an hour and hope this job will last. Get rig of all the unions they are what's wrong with the country today. If they don't work take them off the rolls and give them nothing.
V is for

Chicago, IL

#12 Jun 9, 2011
a fair wage is any wage that a qualified person is willing to do the job for.

You don't like the wage, don't do the job and I'm sure someone else would be more than happy to do it, regardless of the risk.
common sense

Las Cruces, NM

#13 Jun 9, 2011
If in fact our state elected officials made this law then they should have to abide by it or change it. I can see how a contractor bidding a job could not be awarded the bid because he was following the law on wages and his competition was not. Time is money in the construction business and if your competition can figure a way to use cheaper labor they have an advantage.

Since: Jul 08

Alamogordo, NM

#14 Jun 9, 2011
Stan Black wrote:
Andy are you serious!...$21+ an hour to wave a friggin flag!!!!! Our teachers don't make half that and they at least contribute something to the common good. Andy, I feel that you are a product of inbreeding. Our service members are not enslaved by any meas, they are ALL volunteers, most do it for thier own reasons, many are just taking advantage of a steady paycheck in this terrible economy. Get your head out of the smelly crack its in and take in some oxygen, you're an idiot. Unions bled money off of everything they are associated with, the only people they help are the adminstrators that "manage" the union. Know wha you're talking about before you step to the keyboard.
When service members volunteer, they lose all of their civilian rights, receive, low pay, and are essentially considered to be Government property. Nevertheless I appreciate their service.
Worker

Ivins, UT

#15 Jun 10, 2011
Equal pay for equal work! If a prominent business here in Alamogordo, 500+ employees, can afford to let some people sit in the cafeteria for a 1/2 hour and then go to a break room and hide for another 1/2 hour, then they can afford to pay the other employee(s) more money to do their own job and the other persons job!
David Dickinson

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Jun 10, 2011
True American Patriot wrote:
...State highway department & contractors pay their flagmen/women 3-4 times minimum wage...
You have to realize that, in terms of constant dollars, the minimum wage today is less than it was in 1972, and it wasn't a "living wage" then, either. I don't mind if someone who must work in New Mexico's hot sun all day gets paid a living wage for public works, especially if they spend some of that money in my community, creating even more jobs. That's a /good/ thing.

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