Michigan AFSCME Tells Flint: 'Don't Subcontract Housing Inspections!'

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Michigan AFSCME Council 25, AFL-CIO

    FLINT, Mich., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawrence A. Roehrig, Secretary-
 Treasurer of Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County
 and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, issued the following statement
 regarding the proposal to subcontract housing inspection in the City of Flint:
 
     "It is clear that the City of Flint has a problem, a backlog in housing
 inspection," stated Roehrig.  "But the injury was self-inflicted: the City has
 laid off two building inspectors, a trade inspector, and two building clerks,
 leaving the City with only one building inspector.  This was a mistake; their
 positions are needed to perform these essential services in Flint.
     "Instead of contracting out inspections of housing, the City should recall
 these workers and resume the former level of service," Roehrig continued.
 "This is not rocket science; it just doesn't make sense to lay off capable,
 experienced workers, then contract out the work to a private, for-profit
 company.
     "The inspectors employed by the City pay for themselves, and the proposal
 to subcontract violates the contract between the City and AFSCME Local 1600,"
 concluded Roehrig.  "Subcontracting is the problem, not the solution.  AFSCME
 and its affiliated local unions have utilized creative solutions in the past
 to deal with backlogs, and this is no exception to AFSCME's creativity."
     Lawrence A. Roehrig's familiarity with the problem is well-founded in his
 hands-on experience as a member and officer of AFSCME Local 1600 for over 32
 years.  Roehrig 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, AFL-CIO
    FLINT, Mich., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawrence A. Roehrig, Secretary-
 Treasurer of Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County
 and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, issued the following statement
 regarding the proposal to subcontract housing inspection in the City of Flint:
 
     "It is clear that the City of Flint has a problem, a backlog in housing
 inspection," stated Roehrig.  "But the injury was self-inflicted: the City has
 laid off two building inspectors, a trade inspector, and two building clerks,
 leaving the City with only one building inspector.  This was a mistake; their
 positions are needed to perform these essential services in Flint.
     "Instead of contracting out inspections of housing, the City should recall
 these workers and resume the former level of service," Roehrig continued.
 "This is not rocket science; it just doesn't make sense to lay off capable,
 experienced workers, then contract out the work to a private, for-profit
 company.
     "The inspectors employed by the City pay for themselves, and the proposal
 to subcontract violates the contract between the City and AFSCME Local 1600,"
 concluded Roehrig.  "Subcontracting is the problem, not the solution.  AFSCME
 and its affiliated local unions have utilized creative solutions in the past
 to deal with backlogs, and this is no exception to AFSCME's creativity."
     Lawrence A. Roehrig's familiarity with the problem is well-founded in his
 hands-on experience as a member and officer of AFSCME Local 1600 for over 32
 years.  Roehrig 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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