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Thank you for the insight into operations and "norms" in a different land.

I have plenty I could say, but I fear it would be easily turned political,
and not relevant for this list.

BW, Darren

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On Mon, 20 Sept 2021 at 20:37, Suzanne Wint <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> And it is important to note that there is a federal minimum wage that
> states and municipalities can exceed. Texas' minimum wage is $7.25/hour.
>
> On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 12:04 PM Derek Long <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Darren,
> >
> > Professional level librarians and archivists in the US tend to be paid a
> > higher wage if the position requires a graduate level degree (ex. MLIS).
> > Pay grades are often education based but institutions will sometimes
> lower
> > the minimum qualifications (ex. BA degree) so they can pay less but
> prefer
> > someone with a higher level of education to do the job. And there are
> > people who will take the job because they want to get into this field
> that
> > has limited opportunities and/or they have the means and support to take
> a
> > low paying job and still make a living. For example, I received my first
> > experience in the field as an unpaid intern but I was taking out school
> > loans and had the privilege to fall back on my parents if I really needed
> > it. A lot of people can't do that so low pay can limit the pool of
> > candidates.
> >
> > The big issue you are getting at is a super complicated systemic one
> > involving the US' form of government, public funding, and capitalism that
> > certainly relates to this issue but does get very political.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Derek
> >
> > On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 5:29 AM Darren Ingram <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > > Not going to focus on the institution, but the wage level in general.
> > >
> > > Are wages that low in the U.S.?
> > >
> > > Here 15 USD is about 12.70 EUR. Here a supermarket worker would earn
> > either
> > > a little under this figure (or over it -- depends on the exact working
> > > relationship/number of years work). Add to this uphike for working at
> > > evenings/nights/weekends/public holiday. Plus, Finland is thought by
> many
> > > to have a "high" tax rate -- dependent on your tax class -- but we
> don't
> > > have to then pay for expensive healthcare insurance. Employers and
> > > employees pay a proportion of tax to cover healthcare and social costs
> > such
> > > as unemployment funds and the like. People don't get made bankrupt here
> > > over healthcare bills, or the very small "co-pay" we had. For example,
> I
> > > had a double lung transplant a few years ago - my co-pay was a few
> > hundred
> > > euros for the hospital stay. Each year my co-pay ceiling for medicine
> > (that
> > > costs thousands of euros each time) is under 700 euros a year.
> > >
> > >
> > > Over here our librarians and archivists feel they have a low pay rate,
> > but
> > > it is not as low as this indicative rate. I get the point about budgets
> > > being limited and that "something is better than nothing" but still...
> > >
> > > Darren Ingram
> > >
> > > ‌
> > >
> > >
> > > On Mon, 13 Sept 2021 at 21:05, Adrian Cosentini <
> > > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > >
> > > >  For any institution that wants to do A/V preservation on the cheap,
> I
> > > > have one word of warning. In the long run, it's going to cost you and
> > > cost
> > > > you plenty. Also if you're lucky maybe not too many originals won't
> be
> > > > trashed. My grandmother had an old expression. Going cheap is the
> most
> > > > expensive way to go. 15$ an hour! Hah!
> > > >     On Monday, September 13, 2021, 01:47:55 PM EDT, Jon Roren <
> > > > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > > >
> > > >  If there is a CRISIS, then institutions should be willing to spend
> the
> > > > proper money for it. Nobody gets a Master's degree with the goal of
> > > getting
> > > > a $15/hr job.
> > > >
> > > > If there is a CRISIS, these institutions should suck up to the local
> > > > wealthy people and raise the money to prove why it's important and to
> > pay
> > > > for a job done right the first time.
> > > >
> > > > (accidentally sent a "reply" instead of "reply all" -- Sorry CB)
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 10:33 AM Stroman, Elissa <
> > [log in to unmask]
> > > >
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech
> > > > > University is hiring an Archival Associate in our Audio Visual
> > > > department.
> > > > > The essential job functions include overseeing the digital
> migration
> > of
> > > > > analog audio, video, and film; processing A/V collections, creating
> > > > finding
> > > > > aids, and producing metadata for recordings; and administering
> repair
> > > > work
> > > > > and preventative maintenance for analog transfer equipment.
> > > > >
> > > > > This is a full-time benefits-eligible staff position located in
> > Lubbock
> > > > > Texas, starting at $15 per hour.
> > > > >
> > > > > A direct link to the hiring website and job description (position
> > > > 25524BR)
> > > > > can be found here:
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25898&siteid=5635&PageType=JobDetails&jobid=656697
> > > > > This Archival Associate position is also listed on the Texas Tech
> > > > > library's employment page:
> > > > > https://www.depts.ttu.edu/library/about/employment/
> > > > >
> > > > > Any questions can be directed to me.
> > > > >
> > > > > [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Elissa Stroman, PhD (she/her)
> > > > > Unit Manager in the Audio Visual Department
> > > > > at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
> > > > > Texas Tech University
> > > > > Box 41041, Lubbock TX 79409
> > > > > 806-834-0998
> > > > > Editor, West Texas Historical Review
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
>