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Re: Got any horses need shod? Head for Detoit.

@kraft-t wrote:

DWSD has a blacksmith shop in our Central Services Facility," Edwards said. The shop "also ... repairs equipment and works with various metals and welding for the department when needed." The horseshoer now works at the Central Services Facility.


Is $29K plus benefits too much for a metal worker and fabricator? It's pretty dispicable that you infer that the city was paying wages and benefits to a horse shoer with no horses. I suppose you just forgot to mention that the dude actually does productive work for the city.

You left out the part of the job description where it states (and I quote)...Having charge of a small blacksmith shop where horse shoeing is the most important work done: individually performing such work as removing old shoes; forging, shaping, hardening, tempering, fitting and setting shoes to horses;  welding corks to shoes; trimming up hooves before and after shoeing; making repairs to stable equipment, saddles, bridles......


lifted right from the Detroid personnel Department job description:[1].pdf


Now, I ask this question:  Is $29K plus benefits, money well spent, for a person who's job description, entails caring for horses, stables, and equipment that does not exist?

Another way of looking at it, $29K is maybe not too much to pay for a snowplow operator, but if the Death Valley highway department has one on payroll, is it not a waste of money?


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Re: Got any horses need shod? Head for Detoit.

Hit the send by mistake.  If you look at the graph in the above post, you will notice that the new proposal has far fewer workers, to do the same job


The recommendation calls for the department to cut its work force 81% from 1,978 employees currently to about 374 over five years. An additional 361 outside employees would work for the department on contracts, bringing the total workforce to 735, about 63% below current levels.




Hurding said employees are hungry for changes. He said he interviewed a plumber who was sent to fix a broken pipe.

"He had to wait half a day for an operator to come to shut off the valve so he could fix the pipe," Hurding said.

Under new job classifications, the plumber would be trained to close the valve himself so he could fix the pipe immediately, Hurding said.


Yup, a real model of efficiency...