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Blue-collar workers deserve a pay raise

A recent News article reported on the failure of the Brown administration to pay a living wage to Buffalo streets employees, who are at the bottom level of blue-collar workers in the city. These are the hardworking men and women who plow your streets, pick up your garbage and keep your parks clean and accessible. Many of these workers start before sunrise or work the graveyard shift, out of the sight of most commuters traveling in and out of the city. They are paid $10 an hour to work these jobs in the heat of the summer and the frigid winter months. As you can imagine, there is not a good season to work these jobs.

To add insult to injury, this administration, which struts around in $500 suits, had the nerve to appeal this award twice and lost both appeals. City Hall has the nerve to possibly appeal this decision to the highest state court. Mayor Byron Brown, pay your streets workers a living wage. While you’re at it, give your firefighters, police officers and teachers a well-deserved contract and pay raise. These blue-collar workers have been coming to work day in and day out with no raises for seven to 11 years. These employees are the ones who keep your city clean and safe and make it a desirable place to live and raise a family.

Phil Ryan

Retired Buffalo fire lieutenant

West Seneca