“There’s probably a pre-orchestrated motion.” This from an incredibly frustrated Councillor Bill Marra at Monday night’s city council meeting after Mayor Drew Dilkens denied him the right to put forward a motion.
As the Windsor Star reported, “Coun. Bill Marra said he wanted to make a motion on the issue of outsourcing. Then Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac said the same thing. But Dilkens said he had called on Gignac first, before Marra spoke up, so that she had the right to make a motion first.”
Who spoke first?
As I saw it, and the paper agrees, it was Marra. So why was Marra denied?
Dilkens did not clearly rule that Gignac spoke first. Forthright, definitive, put yourself on the line statements are not his style. Instead he weaseled, “I called on Gignac first.”
This is the kind of obtuse, inane language that justifies so much of what transpires in the rabbit’s hole that is Windsor City Council.
Marra was right. If there ever was a pre-orchestrated motion, the one delivered by Gignac was it.
An eloquent piece, obviously written by a committee and carefully crafted to load the dice in favour of contracting out. It blindly accepted the administration report which certified that there would be no full time jobs lost thanks to attrition and the bumping of workers.
It then requested an RFP, which will certainly illustrate the obvious. It’s cheaper to offer low paying McJobs then real, well-paying jobs complete with benefits and security.
A job loss is a job loss is a job loss. If an employment position becomes vacant due to attrition or whatever, and no one is hired to fill the vacancy, then a job is lost.
This outsourcing will mean that Windsor’s unemployed will have several less well paying job opportunities. Simple as that.
Instead, it was a perfect example of how Administration goes about playing council like an orchestra.
Not to be denied by last fall’s 6 to 5 council decision against job outsourcing, Administration put forth a slightly different piece of sheet music. In typically obtrusive style, the report did not recommend outsourcing itself but, instead, suggested that council request proposals for bids by private companies to perform janitorial work for the city.
Although several councillors stated they are only doing their fiduciary duty by asking for all the facts, and voting for the report, they cannot be so naive as to not see that the new report will be nothing but an apparent money saving offer they will be loathe to refuse.
Thus, because of a Machiavellian administration with a compliant mayor as it’s conductor, council has been orchestrated, good jobs will be lost, and the social fabric of this beleaguered city will sustain another blow.