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Municipal Employees’ spirits

8 février 2011

In a letter addressed to Mr. Jean-Sebastien Patrice in response to a proposal to form a park committee, Mr. Pierre Charron, General Manager, writes: « … the recent actions undertaken by your organization severely affect the morale of City employees who have always had at heart their city and have seriously slowed down the productivity of our organization and do not allow us to provide the services expected by the population. (See full text here.)

We thus feel obliged to clarify our views. We have great respect for the services rendered by municipal employees. In addition, we recognize the enormous challenge they have been faced with since the last election. Whether it were job cuts, voluntary departures or firings, many changes have destabilized the organization. Let us just think of the following job titles: recreational division director, director of the campsite (which was rehired), head of communications, economic development officer, public works director, city planning assistant and library clerks. We must add to those changes the fact that the Société récréotouristique was dismantled, thus bringing back a work load to the municipal administration. In the same period, the City has had two different general managers before Mr. Charron’s arrival.

We dare to assume that these many changes have certainly contributed more to the employees’ gloom noted by Mr. Charron than the Citizens Action Committee’s activities, in place  only since a few weeks. Our actions aim to question the choices of our elected officials and are foremost a means to provide citizens clear information and to enable them to exercise their right to speak up.

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