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File #: 20-0250R    Version: 0 Name: Paying DPW Workers What They Deserve
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 9/21/2020 In control: Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
On agenda: Final action: 11/16/2020
Enactment #:
Title: Paying DPW Workers What They Deserve For the purpose of calling on the Mayor to provide temporary Department of Public Works employees who work on the back of garbage trucks with an immediate $4 per hour raise, at a minimum; and calling the Mayor and union officials to re-negotiate the contracts of those permanent Department of Public Works employees to include a $4 per hour raise, at a minimum.
Sponsors: Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Bill Henry, Danielle McCray, John T. Bullock, Kristerfer Burnett, Zeke Cohen, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Sharon Green Middleton, Shannon Sneed, Mary Pat Clarke, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Department of Public Works, pay
Attachments: 1. DHR 20-0250R, 2. DPW 20-0250r, 3. Finance 20-0250R, 4. Law 20-0250R, 5. OECR 20-0250R, 6. 20-0250R~2nd Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Schleifer

A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Paying DPW Workers What They Deserve
For the purpose of calling on the Mayor to provide temporary Department of Public Works employees who work on the back of garbage trucks with an immediate $4 per hour raise, at a minimum; and calling the Mayor and union officials to re-negotiate the contracts of those permanent Department of Public Works employees to include a $4 per hour raise, at a minimum.
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Both our temporary and permanent Department of Public Works (“DPW”) employees deserve an immediate wage increase of a minimum of $4.00 per hour.

Should anyone be working 10-hour days, sometimes in 100 degree heat or below freezing temperatures, while hanging onto the back of a garbage truck doing trash collection for only $11.00 an hour? The answer is an unequivocal no. It is no wonder that we have a shortage of available employees. Who could survive with just one job at these minimal wages? The City of Baltimore should operate under the concept of “one job should be enough,” if we want employee continuity and sustainability.

Our current workforce shortage and crisis is directly tied to the paltry hourly wages we are paying our dedicated and hardworking DPW employees. We should provide these employees with a modest hourly wage increase that would show how appreciated they are, making them more interested and motivated to provide the services our City desperately needs.

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