Tuesday, September 25, 2007

City Managers in Top 5% of Canadian Incomes

$89,000.00 marks the bottom end of the Top 5% of income earners in Canada.

This story generated many pointed comments as most managers would fall inside this income strata. Most pronounced was how the weakest link in interpersonal skills could end up as the General Manager for Human Resources with a $164,838.00 salary.

The distrust of certain, not all, managers is still quite evident. When the strike ends the one statement a manager should not say is:
This strike has been hard on all of us.
Any one who complains after making over $77.00/hour for the past 10 weeks will lose any and all respect of returning staff.

$300,000.00 marks the bottom end of the Top 1% of income earned in Canada.

City Manager Judy Rogers falls within this category. I don't begrudge her the amount. I would not want a job that regularly consumes 15 hours a day of navigating the inflated egos of politicians and the unrelenting demands of taxpayers and employees. CUPE has consistently complained about Ms Roger's pay but it is fair when comparing equal pay for equal work in other cities across Canada.

Check out CBC.ca's High Income Canadians

Stats Canada High-income Canadians


Anonymous said...

You're right, Picket Boy. Ms. Rogers has a tough job. Signing on to it requires an awareness, at the outset, that labour disruptions are possible and that she will be publicly praised or criticized for her performance. Accountability is one reason why she earns so much. Her job requires big decisions, ones that will inevitably leave some disheartened, others frustrated and still others angry.

Those who are hurting as a result of the City negotiating team's failure to bargain in good faith prior to and during the first 8 weeks of the strike have every right to be angry and express their feelings so long as they do so within the bounds of the law.

Actions such as the debris strewn on sports fields are reprehensible and the police should investigate. To whomever committed this unlawful act, what you did is more than an unacceptable protest. I hope they find you because you deserve to be punished for it. It is no way to express your anger, however beset you are by the strike.

Regarding what managers shouldn't say once the strike is over, two had stopped by the site I picket at a couple of weeks ago and whined about how hard it will be for them to book holidays because all of the managers will be wanting them right away. Please forgive those of us who hold no sympathy for their plight.

Anonymous said...

It's true that you strikers have had a tough time of it. But middle managers haven't exactly had it easy either. Tons of overtime, no control over their situation either - the decisions about the strike are made above their heads. It's all very well earning lots of extra cash, but it comes at a cost too.

All I'm trying to point out is that the interests of everyone are best served by trying to see the other's point of view. I guess if that had been going on in the first place, there wouldn't have a been a strike at all.

spartikus said...

Rogers earns the "market rate", true, but that rate has been so skewed in recent years to favour upper-level managerial positions, and I acknowledge this is more pronounced in the private sector, as to become a somewhat serious macroeconomic problem.

I'll say it again: Rogers accounts for 1% of the City of Vancouver payroll. The remaining managers account for another 29%.

Individuals in positions of great responsibility should be compensated accordingly, absolutely. But it's my personal view that City Managers across Canada such as Rogers would be more than adequately compensated at half their current salary.

spartikus said...

It's all very well earning lots of extra cash, but it comes at a cost too.

I'm weeping. As some commentators here have suggested to unionized workers: If they don't like it they can always find another job.

I have a spouse in the union, a child in daycare, a mortgage and an employer who has over the summer rarely bothered to show up to bargaining sessions.

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