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Published: Thursday, Feb. 20 2014 10:05 p.m. MST

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

"I have to work overtime every week, had to let some of my bills go (unpaid), like my house phone, cable, and cut back on my heating, food, water and my gas bill,” said one workers, according to HuffPost. “Sometimes I need to borrow money from friends, family, and by the time I get my paycheck, I'm broke again.”

Why did he have cable if he couldn't afford his bills?

Hard to feel sorry for people who get themselves into bad financial situations by completely their own doing.

And heaven forbid you work overtime every week! Oh the horror! Ive worked overtime for years at a time. Stop crying.

And my guess if if he was paying for cable when he couldn't pay all his bills, there were a number of other red flags in this tearjerker of a story.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

If a college president(or CEO) adds 20 times the value of a janitor(or an assembly line guy putting stickers on boxex) then he/she should be paid 20 times what the janitor or assembly guy makes.

To put arbitrary caps suggests we know exactly how much value one person adds relative to another. And that is patently false.

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

Chris,

I actually agree with your for once. But I think it is the CEO that needs to prove they are worth 40 time more than the workers. Interesting that the GAP decided to increase the wage of those who the public see first last and exclusively in their stores, and did so without raising the cost of their product. Maybe there is hope for America.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Honest work for an honest wage. With the loss value of the dollar, so us the value of the people working.

Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

This issue needs a little analysis and I am a poor one at that, but I would offer that more people can be a janitor or custodian than a college president. Therein lies one reason for the pay differential.

Custodian is a better name for the service provided as the person cares for the building. The college president has multiple duties, the main one is to bring in money to the school from wealthy benefactors.

There are fewer people who want to run a college/university with all the political correctness, students who are barely housebroken in manners and knowledge, faculty politics and government interference, etc.. While it is arguable that the students are purchasers of the product - education and want some say in the college operation, they should focus the attention to the product and leave the management of non-academic services to the administration. Or, go elsewhere for their education experience.

Oh, if your budget won't support your cable habit, give it up. Never have had cable, and have been without TV period for a year now. The custodian probably has a health plan that he/she can afford, count your blessings.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

If the shareholders or stakeholders vote for it is will be done, just like most of them choose to pay the CEO or president 1000 times as much as a janitor now.

There is no proposal to take away voting board rights anywhere.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

A good janitor does some measurable good in providing sanitation, cleanliness, preventive maintenance, and some add some level of mechanical skills and have custodial responsibilities. A janitor can provide safety in cleaning snow from walk ways, and some act as groundsman too. Some CEO's actually prove disastrous to the businesses they run.We've heard of some of them. If the janitor is the least well-paid full time employee and does his job efficiently, honestly, and with a good heart, who is to say that he is worth some minute percentage of the CEO rather than a better assessment of, in this instance, ten percent.

While it is difficult to put an arbitrary figure on the worth of anyone, CEO or janitor, this article can make you sit up and think and, I hope, intelligently discuss this novel proposition or the issues it raises.

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