AFSCME Praises New Wayne County, Michigan Purchasing Policy

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Michigan AFSCME Council 25

    DETROIT, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Albert Garrett,
 President of Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County
 and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO issued the following statement
 regarding the revised purchasing ordinance adopted by the Wayne County
 Commission on Thursday:
 
     "The Wayne County Commission has taken an important step toward curbing
 the use of outsourcing and assuring greater fiscal responsibility and
 accountability," stated Garrett.  "This revised purchasing ordinance will help
 to shed the bright light of day on the process of contracting for supplies and
 services, and assure that we taxpayers know what is happening with our tax
 dollars.
     "Contracting out in its various forms is an open invitation to abuse,
 corruption, and raiding the public coffers," continued Garrett.  "Contracts
 based on sealed bids, limited announcements, and other noncompetitive
 practices are even more vulnerable to inflated costs and other exploitation.
     "However, this is only a step," Garrett concluded.  "With this revised
 ordinance as a tool, Wayne County must strive to reduce its use of
 outsourcing, and bring public services back into the public sector.  When
 county employees provide county services, the taxpayers get a better job at
 actual cost, without contractors' mark-ups, and without the rip-offs."
 
     Albert Garrett also serves as Vice President of AFSCME International.
 Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 65,000 public workers across
 Michigan.  AFSCME International represents 1.4 million public workers
 nationwide.
 
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SOURCE Michigan AFSCME Council 25
    DETROIT, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Albert Garrett,
 President of Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County
 and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO issued the following statement
 regarding the revised purchasing ordinance adopted by the Wayne County
 Commission on Thursday:
 
     "The Wayne County Commission has taken an important step toward curbing
 the use of outsourcing and assuring greater fiscal responsibility and
 accountability," stated Garrett.  "This revised purchasing ordinance will help
 to shed the bright light of day on the process of contracting for supplies and
 services, and assure that we taxpayers know what is happening with our tax
 dollars.
     "Contracting out in its various forms is an open invitation to abuse,
 corruption, and raiding the public coffers," continued Garrett.  "Contracts
 based on sealed bids, limited announcements, and other noncompetitive
 practices are even more vulnerable to inflated costs and other exploitation.
     "However, this is only a step," Garrett concluded.  "With this revised
 ordinance as a tool, Wayne County must strive to reduce its use of
 outsourcing, and bring public services back into the public sector.  When
 county employees provide county services, the taxpayers get a better job at
 actual cost, without contractors' mark-ups, and without the rip-offs."
 
     Albert Garrett also serves as Vice President of AFSCME International.
 Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 65,000 public workers across
 Michigan.  AFSCME International represents 1.4 million public workers
 nationwide.
 
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