April 15, 2024

The union representing these positions says the proposed modifications will impression greater than 450 staff on the RMWB.

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Outsourcing, merging and restructuring dozens of municipal positions is being thought-about by the Regional Municipality of Wooden Buffalo. The union representing these positions says the proposed modifications will impression greater than 450 staff on the RMWB.

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A Thursday assertion from the RMWB stated administration can also be reviewing its group in any respect ranges of the municipality. The assertion stated the proposals replicate the RMWB’s “dedication to fiscal duty and offering environment friendly and sustainable public providers.”

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A municipal spokesperson stated Thursday that the municipality shouldn’t be commenting additional on the difficulty. A letter despatched to the Canadian Union of Public Staff (CUPE) Native 1505 from the municipality, and later shared with Postmedia, says the proposed modifications are:

  1. Restructuring the Pulse Line by adjusting the hours of operation.
  2. Consolidating customer support agent positions.
  3. Restructuring and consolidating the environmental and facility providers trades departments into one division.
  4. Terminating all guard providers and outsourcing custodial providers throughout the bylaw providers division.
  5. Outsourcing sure providers throughout the strong waste, parks and fleet providers departments.
  6. Transferring upkeep and operational duties of the Fort Chipewyan Airport to the Fort McMurray Airport Authority.
  7. Different positions turning into “both redundant or environment friendly to outsource” following these modifications.

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“The privatization of municipal providers usually will get reversed and virtually at all times finally ends up being a catastrophe for the native taxpayer and the native residents who depend on these providers,” stated CUPE Alberta spokesperson Lou Arab in an interview.

“We’ve some rights to session in our collective agreements. We’re going to make the most of that to as nice a level as attainable to get details about what’s being thought-about and get that info public, and be sure that the dismantling of public providers is finished in broad daylight.”

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Folks arrive at Fort Chipewyan airport’s terminal on Thursday, January 16, 2020. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray At present/Postmedia Community

Operational assessment introduced to council earlier this week

The announcement was made two days after an operational assessment performed by the auditing agency KPMG was introduced to council. The assessment was accepted by council in February 2022. The findings are present as of October 2023.

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The report discovered council makes too many requests to an understaffed administration. This distracts workers from their duties and creates setbacks. The audit additionally discovered the municipality is understaffed and struggles with recruiting for key positions. The governance construction is disorganized, wants up to date insurance policies and has poor communication between totally different departments.

However the report, which is greater than 670 pages and introduced to council at their Tuesday assembly, discovered the RMWB is doing loads of issues properly. Public providers, akin to park upkeep and snow clearing, exceeded requirements. Providers deemed important or essential for public security are additionally run properly.

The report notes the RMWB exhibits sturdy commitments to transparency and accountability, though there’s room for enchancment. It suggests creating clear pointers on the roles of council and administration. Administration needs to be reorganized so roles are clearly outlined and don’t overlap, and communication flows simpler.

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The RMWB must improve insurance policies that replicate modifications in expertise. Distant sensing, synthetic intelligence and machine studying had been listed as examples of applied sciences that would enhance current methods. Falling behind current applied sciences creates delays, errors and poor performances.

Insurance policies, pointers and expectations additionally should be up to date on the subject of sustaining belongings, rural providers, customer support and effectivity requirements.

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