Yes, its from Toronto. But it is still an entertaining read on a City’s outsourcing problems.
If we can’t get customer service standards up to where we’d like them to be, it’s going to be more difficult to make the case for further privatization.
via Clock ticking for private garbage collector to clean up its act – The Globe and Mail.
The related stories are just as good and worth the click-through.
Congratulations to the workers in North Miami Beach for defeating being privatized!
“They’re doing a fantastic job. So why would we outsource when we don’t know the results,” said Mary Hilton, president of the North Miami Beach Civic Association.
via North Miami Beach votes down garbage privatization | News – Home.
The above quote from Mrs. Hilton is in reference to a growing awareness of Privatizing (Outsourcing) not being the panacea that will fix all the Budget woes in this down economy.
You can read more from the AFSCME National website on Privatization here: http://www.afscme.org/issues/privatization
Months of work by members of AFSCME Local 3293 resulted in the overwhelming defeat of a plan to privatize sanitation services in North Miami Beach, Fla. (Photo by Bianca Kendall)
Bob Strauss has a Box of Stuff he wants to share. This will be where he shares it.
And we can now consider the Election Campaign Season as fully open.
Hollywood Circle Magazine has a write up on the recent Candidates Forum for Districts 2 and 3, you can read it here: Shootout at the OK Corral Redux.
There is no one take-away moment from the article so read the whole thing and form your own opinions.
And don’t forget to tell your candidates what you expect them to do if elected.
Public ~vs~ Private.
It’s an interesting question and the answer is constantly changing. Every private contractor will tell you they can do better than Municipal Employees and can show you an endless stream of powerpoint slides proving their point.
The reality, however, is quite often very different. An example from the city of San Diego:
The evidence is in. Given the chance, city staff can figure out how to do their work at a lower cost than private, for-profit companies can.
via City, workers both win with open competition | UTSanDiego.com.
Muni-Workers ‘beat out’ private contractors four times running in providing services and saving money.
The article goes on to list several other examples where municipalities have brought services back in-house and saved money at the same time.
Do you remember when the Librarians and School Teachers caused the crisis way back in the 70’s?
The myth of massive bankruptcies has a cousin, the big lie that public employees — and their salaries and benefits — are the culprit. That, too, is simply untrue.
via Dont blame union for bankrupt cities – USATODAY.com.
The ‘myth’ in the article is that currently five municipalities have declared bankruptcy. Only Five. Out of 50,000 Municipalities in the US. That is math out to four decimal places….. 0.0001%.
Some ‘Tidal Wave’ isn’t it?
Leave a comment on the USA Today article and show your support of Labor. And show your support for AFSCME.
One of our members asked if the website could be made multi-lingual and the answer is yes. Each area of the site should have somewhere near the top of each page a little blue button that says Translate. Clicking on the button gives you a choice of languages including Spanish, Creole, and Italian, among others.
Two things to keep in mind:
First, If the system tells you “Language under development” when you choose, give it a minute and try again. It takes a minute for the system to synch-up with the all the various translation engines. It’s a long ways to space, it takes a moment to get there and back.
Then, this is a ‘machine translator’ meaning the grammar and spelling won’t be perfect. If the translation is too terrible the please let the admin know and we’ll see if we can find a better translation system.
So Hylo; Sut Mae? and Qanuipit?
Reading an interesting article from the Minnesota Star Tribune about smaller municipalities switching away from people and to automated phone systems….
…Smaller cities are increasingly finding the receptionist a luxury they can no longer afford.
via Out of the office: City Hall receptionists | StarTribune.com.
The quote was the most chilling… Employees are now considered a ‘luxury?’ And an expensive luxury to boot?
Yes, the receptionist might be the lowest pay grade out there, but it is still a person performing a job and not some luxury item that only the idle rich can afford.
The story is focused on the City’s financial issues specific to Bonds….
A 2½-year investigation by federal authorities has concluded that the city of Miami misled investors about the city’s financial health as it sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bonds dating back to 2007.
via Miami misled investors over city’s financial health, SEC charges – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com.
But it does make you wonder about the need to declare Fiscal Urgency…. if things were moved around to make the Bond deals ‘better’ why couldn’t things be moved around to make the F.U. equally necessary?
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