NPA Park Board staffing plan will be costly for taxpayers



    VANCOUVER, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - Taxpayers will be on the hook for more than
$250,000 dollars if a Vancouver Park Board decision stands. At an in-camera
meeting Monday night, the board voted to cut 15 bargaining unit positions and
replace them with more expensive management positions. CUPE 15 president Paul
Faoro says the move was made without any consultation with the Park Board
workers' union.
    "We were shocked to learn of the Park Board decision," says Faoro. "Given
the cost implications, this needs to be debated in the light of day, not in
secret meetings. We have an elected park board with open agendas and meetings
to ensure we have transparency and accountability with regards to managing our
tax dollars and city workforces."
    CUPE 15 representatives were informed of the changes to the Community
Recreation Coordinator (CRC) positions on October 7. Faoro says the cost of
exempting 15 CRCs from the bargaining unit could be as high as $300,000, an
increased cost of about $20,000 per employee.
    Faoro wonders where the money will come from, given the tight budget
situation facing the Park Board. "Will we see further cuts to community
centres and already-frozen budgets to pay for such a reckless move?" asks
Faoro. "It's pretty clear we don't need more managers; we need better
services."
    CUPE is calling on the Park Board to withdraw the decision.





For further information:

For further information: Paul Faoro, CUPE Local 15 president: (604)
202-1829

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