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City of Palo Alto Faces Strike – $139,907 Average Total Compensation Not Enough

Original post made by Tracy, another community, on Jan 15, 2014

City of Palo Alto Faces Strike – $139,907 Average Total Compensation Not Enough

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Posted by Think about it
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

In an article by the SJ Merc a few years ago, it was reported that the minimum wage required to by the average-price house in SJ was $150,000/ year.

How much money per year does the average family in PA make? It took all four of us to make $400,000/year, and three of us are professionals, two with graduate degrees. But that is what it took to buy a small house near the RR tracks in PA.

Get real! City workers just want to be able to buy a house within a one-hour commute,


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Posted by Tracy
a resident of another community
on Jan 15, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I see that I provided a bad/incorrect link to the story: "City of Palo Alto Faces Strike – $139,907 Average Total Compensation Not Enough"

The correct link: Web Link





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Posted by Bogus Numbers!
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm


The numbers Ed uses in his story are bogus. SEIU Local 521 is made up of non-management employees. The average total compensation he comes up with is skewed upwards because he includes non-unionized management in that number. I have contacted him directly to ask him to revise his numbers to be accurate...We will see what happens. As currently written his article does nothing except to spread misinformation, which I assume is his ultimate goal.


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