Windsor City Council debated the future of garbage collection well into Tuesday morning and reached a decision on ‘contracting out’ at 12:40 AM.
Council supported administrative recommendation to privatize garbage and recycling collection and award a contract to Turtle Island, a waste management company. The recommendation comes from an extensive report prepared by city researchers and administrators to save around nine million dollars over the next seven years.
Under the terms of this decision, no city employees will be laid off; many will have the option to transfer to other departments.
The decision, which can be found on page 18 of this report, recommended with respect to current employees:
– current job vacancies within Local 82 be filled by displaced employees
-17 part-time rink attendants be replaced with the maximum number of full-time employees (14) that will be allowed by rearranging work schedules
– summer students will be replaced will full-time employees on a 1:1 basis for approximately 15 weeks of the year and that an enhanced service level in the winter months be adopted until attrition reduces staffing levels to targeted levels (anticipated within 3 to 5 years) depending on employee decisions on retirement dates
– no layoffs within Local 82 as indicated above. Surplus employees in the short-term will be used to enhance service levels in a manner to be presented to council at a later date
The report states that an the City of Windsor will see an estimated net savings of $8,950,904 over the course of the seven year life of the contract to Turtle Island