Fifty new positions have been created within Wichita government, and the people who will get those jobs are laid off workers. The positions are temporary, a combination of seasonal jobs and jobs that the city does not have the staff to handle.
But some people said the plan is not well thought out.
Sue Ledbetter fights for fair wages as Education Director for Wichita's Labor Federation. She said the jobs don't really help the people who really need it. The jobs only pay $6 an hour, with a $500 monthly cap. There are no benefits. The work would consist of maintaining public golf courses, streets and parks along with other odd jobs.
The plan was introduced by councilman Bob Martz and was passed earlier this month. Martz looks at the jobs as a way to help some laid off workers pay their bills. Ledbetter said it's a band-aid approach to cover up the city's economic problems and healing nothing at all, and pits workers against each other.
No timeline has been set on when the jobs will be available. There will be a public forum on how the city can handle unemployment problems. It will be Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at Southeast High School.