Tag Archives: privatization

E-911 Consolidation Update

This just crossed our inbox from HR and we thought you would like to know….

Subject: Notice of E-911 Consolidation

Attached for your attention is a letter providing notification of Broward County’s recently approved consolidation of emergency 911 operations throughout the County, and its result on City positions currently involved in the provision of 911 services.  Please confirm receipt of this document.  Thank you.

Attached is the letter in PDF format… Notice of E-911 Consolidation (you might need to download it to read it).

There is a meeting at City Hall beginning at 4:00 pm if you can make it on such short notice.

Survey – Voice of the Employee

The survey everyone has heard about has finally hit the streets, the link is below if you missed it in your email.

It is a very quick survey, and the company performing the survey insists your responses are private even though the very first question (not optional) is what is your name….

Anyway, we are asking you to complete the survey with the only response of “reverse the pay cuts” or however you want to phrase it to make it your own. And we ask that you pass along the same request to everyone you talk to.

COH_VoiceofEmployee.

Clock ticking for private garbage collector to clean up its act – The Globe and Mail

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.

 

North Miami Beach votes down garbage privatization | News – Home

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)
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)

City, workers both win with open competition

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.