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Freihofer’s vs. DDS

The next time students (and their parents) wonder why Dartmouth Dining Services (DDS) is so expensive, compare and contrast these two local job offers from the Valley News’ want ads:

Freihofer's vs. DDS.jpg

While we might commend the administration’s sense of social justice in paying dining hall workers’ salaries and, especially, benefits that are far in excess of the local wage scale, remember that our administrators are spending money that is not theirs: it comes from student tuition, mandatory charges for board, and the donations of alumni.

And if anyone wants to trot out the notion of a living wage, the Freihofer’s hourly rate is well above the formal calculation of such a thing for the Upper Valley.

Addendum: As a local employer, there is no question in my mind that the Freihofer’s job demands a higher level of skill than the DDS positions. And Freihofer’s will fill the job, no doubt about it. Local workers and employers recognize that Dartmouth wages and benefits are in cloud cuckoo land. They are never cited as a comparison in wage negotiations.

Addendum: For more evidence of the local wage scale, look at the $12/hour, help wanted banner that was in the Hanover Dirt Cowboy Café’s window yesterday evening. It is located no more than one hundred yards from FoCo/Thayer dining hall:

Dirt Cowboy Wages 2017.jpg

Again, don’t get me wrong. Perhaps you believe that the 500+ members of Dartmouth’s SEIU union should get wages starting at $18.26/hour (the lowest level), and five weeks of vacation, and full family health benefits for almost no contribution, even if this extravagant generosity leads to tuition bills for students of over $70,000/year and underpayment of the faculty. Personally, I believe in paying no more than market wages and benefits to all of the staff, so that Dartmouth as an educational institution can be as good as it possibly can be. We all have our priorities, right?

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Very close to the pay scale for entry level HS teachers with a Master’s degree. I know from inside info. No wonder the golf course has an issue. But believe me this drives up all labor costs in the local market. We pay more for our home to be cleaned in Hanover than in Florida or Colorado.

Addendum: And another:

My wife and I were taking our dog for a walk through Pine Park this afternoon when who should we come upon heading the opposite direction, aboard snowshoes? Why, none other than President Phil, who perhaps may think of sojourns like that when he’s considering whether to sell off the golf course and its accompanying, picturesque trails. I’ll choose to believe in that possibility, anyway.


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