CFN – The five workers thought to have been fired by City Hall are awaiting a decision after their union has gone to bat for them.
The Municipal Works workers alleged to have been fired for Time Theft have all been muzzled by threat of their union not going to bat for them.
The Monday Night City Council meeting opened over 30 minutes late as fierce arguments could be heard in the hallway as one of those terminated was school board Trustee and Mayoralty candidate himself Todd Lalonde. Councilor Andre Rivette left shortly after the closed session of council ended and did not stay for the open meeting. Last Friday Mr. Lalonde was reported to have had meetings with the CAO Norm Levac and HR Manager Dail Levesque.
Sources expect most of the five will be reinstated after the Union finishes its process of appeal as long as the employees stay muzzled and play ball meaning taxpayers may never truly find out what exactly has transpired and how much it’s cost the employees and the taxpayer.
The process is frustrating many taxpayers who are complaining that the City is staying silent on the matter. Norm Levac is not returning phone calls and has given media non answers. While we can understand the need for individual privacy, anytime you terminate nearly 20% of a department there should be a statement or release of some sort?
The buzz though is that this was a bad pr move by City Hall to try and redeem their credibility in light of the Mayor’s scandals and cover ups and taking out a possible rival in the next election that simply went awry when it went public.
If you are going to start nailing people at City Hall shouldn’t you start at the top?
What about giving out tenders to companies that have City staff as owners or part owners; a gross violation of the City’s Conflict of Interest policy? Or the Conflict of Interest of Mayor Kilger that has led to an alleged $3M and growing amount spent on pay offs, terminations, and litigation?
The status quo and rule of thumb at City Hall seems to be “Say Nothing”.
Maybe these five are guilty? But did they do something new or simply the status quo of issues complained about for years regarding different departments at City Hall?
Were there warning’s issued? And with the silence where is the accountability and transparency?
And if the Union is successful in getting reinstatements for all or most of those terminated what will the cost have been to the City in terms of dollars and worker morale? Was this the best way to go and should our CAO and HR manager be held accountable too?
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