No Layoffs due to contracting out.
- it places a responsibility on the city to retrain and redeploy those individuals that have committed themselves to public service and preserves them as human resource assets within the city.
- Priority Placement
- laid of employees receive priority placement into positions they are qualified
- Bumping Rights
- laid off employees have the right to "bump" less senior employees in equal or lower level jobs providing they are qualified to do the work
- Recall Rights
- laid off employees maintain the right to be recalled to vacant positions in their job classification for up to one (1) year after being laid off
- Severance Rights
- laid off employees are able, at their option, to buy out their recall rights
Public sector unions will argue they are are stewards of the public trust, not tarnished by profit. The opposite but equally naive argument is that all civic jobs should be privatized to save money.
The absolutist nature of each argument ignores the most important aspect of civic services - Customer Service.
How labour is deployed, be it public or private, union or contracted, should be based on how the customer benefits.
The public sector can not continue to act as if they are a holy priesthood charged with guarding the public trust. In CUPE 15's letter staff are referred to as "those individuals that have committed themselves to public service." Committing oneself to a job is not the sole province of the public sector.
Contracting out is not inherently evil as CUPE portrays it. Should the City of Vancouver be in the restaurant business? Is that what taxpayers expect? I doubt it. Food service professionals operate restaurants on city property and do it at a profit. (Oh my!)
The counter argument of contracting out a service with cost as the determining factor has pitfalls. Service contracts are based on the repetition of core functions. If additional work outside that core function is required then an added fee is charged. Charges can accumulate to the point where projected cost savings are eliminated.
City jobs which are highly repetitive, not subject to high variability and not requiring specialized knowledge, should be open to contracting out. Collecting coins from parking meters is one example where costs could be saved.
I can not see the City backing down from opposing the "No Layoffs" proposal.
Why does CUPE believe it should have a monopoly in providing labour services in the public sector?