Lane County responds to criticism over job posting

The job was posted on the Lane County Careers Facebook page.

Posted: May 18, 2021 3:53 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- A job posting from Lane County received some backlash from the community.

The post called for seasonal road workers for the summer who would be performing manual labor, including flagging, with wages starting at $12.24 per hour.

It received dozens of angry comments, and more than 50 shares, with many people calling the wages too low, citing other jobs in the community that pay more like local fast food restaurants. Many called for the wages to be increased.

Lane County officials say that these specific jobs are meant to be temporary, require no experience, and are usually meant for youths looking for job experience. They said that if someone comes back to the job the next summer, they are paid at a higher level and that they do regularly review wages.

It's important, they said, to be "good stewards of our limited funding" and that there needs to be a balancing act between providing competitive wages and still being able to perform the work.

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