Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's Not Unusual

City workers are let go and given layoff notices all the time.

What is noteworthy on any given such occasion is who and what and why and when and where.

That's why they call it W5.

In today's case,

44 Vancouver city workers get layoff notices

a friend's wife, who is a recreation community centre worker got the pink slip.

This speaks to questionable choices by a government that could very well trim lotsa fat.

But this kind of worker has an important role in the lives of young people at risk and this worker is not very well paid.

Show me a 1000 city hall workers who are very well paid to do very little and I'll be at the front of the parade cheering them on into the real work of the private sector.


Martino said...

The thing that bugs my wife the most about this is that not one person called or even asked what she does in her job. She oversees the busiest community centre in Vancouver (Kerrisdale) with the most programs. She is constantly overworked, with endless committees to attend, and always took on more responsibilities with a smile on her face.

Without her, there is no way to continue with the amount of programs that are currently running, which will inevitably lead to cuts. And the people who will suffer are the good taxpayers of Vancouver, who depend on their community centre to enrich and educate themselves/their children. To a lesser extent, the Community Centre suffers too, as they will lose revenue that gave it the ability to offer programs at a discounted rate to seniors and school age children.

The worse part of all this is they still expect her to represent the City of Vancouver at one of the LiveCity sites with a smile on her face. She become so cynical the last 48 hours that she thinks she'll have to resign from that, which stinks considering she supported the Olympics from day one and wanted to do her part to represent the city she was so proud of. She even turned down a great volunteer position with VANOC since the City asked that she represent the City for this event.

At the very least, the City should have hired an independent auditor who actually went out and found out what people did in their job...not some fatcat at City Hall who just wanted to balance the budget in order to keep their job.

Anonymous said...

I'd start by rooting out and axing the civilian slackers at City Hall and the police department who wander in late, go out for 90 minute lunches, work out on company time, sleep with the bosses, and spend their whole day gossiping then leave early.

Anonymous said...

Idiot mayor strikes again. If idiot mayor was to stick to the job of providing services to the peole of Vancouver instead of trying to be the greenest mayor on the planet he might have some money to keep staff employed.
Most people either drive a car or ride a bus to work yet idiot mayor seems to want to appease the elite spandex yuppy bikers. Idiot mayor should be screaming blue murder about the impending parking tax. Idiot mayor should be making parking cheaper and easier to encourage people to spend time and money in Vancouver.