You already know that I love the TV show Dirty Jobs. One of the dirty secrets about a lot of these jobs, the ones that Mike Rowe says "make civilized life possible", is that a lot of them don't pay very well. How much would you have to be paid before you'd agree to work at a sewage processing plant? Go ahead, think of a number. Now read this.
Visitors to the site, which will be updated every two weeks with new profiles, can read about workers like Arthur Proctor, a Senior Sludge Processor at Houston's 69th Street Plant, who works in stifling conditions decontaminating up to 112 tons of sewage sludge a day. Even though he's worked at the plant for nearly 12 years, Proctor makes just $15 per hour.
That information comes from www.houstonwehaveaproblem.com/ - and no, I can't believe that domain name was still available, either - which is a production of the Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE), who represent folks like Arthur Proctor. Go give it a click and read about more of the people who do Houston's dirty jobs, and how much - or not so much - they get paid for their efforts to keep our fair city clean and habitable. And ask yourself again: How much would you have to pay me to do those jobs?Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 14, 2007 to Local politics