Sooo... I've been working as Adoption Coordinator for JCCA for three weeks now. So far I really enjoy the job and feel like I can make a true contribution. I'm getting used to the commuting. The money is really, really low. Without giving actual numbers, some rubrics to give a sense of how much I'm making:
- it's about half of what I need to meet basic bills
- it's less than I was making when I was not working
- it's the same amount I made 25 years ago. No, not in inflation-adjusted dollars, in actual dollars. At the time that was on the low end but livable for someone with no children and no mortgage. 25 years later it could not support me even if I didn't have the kids.
So clearly I have to continue to supplement income with what's left of my much depleted savings. The new wrinkle: it looks like there will be agency-wide salary cuts. And that's the better alternative, from my point of view. If it doesn't happen, I'll be unemployed again.
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I don't know enough to know whether this is necessary, or whether management might have found another solution. I am really quite shocked that the solution to a budget deficit is deemed to be having very low paid staff work days without pay one year and then reduce their pay the next. And I do find it kind of distasteful to hear the CEO, who makes over $300,000, offering this as the solution - and saying that the graduated cuts cut off at $120,000.