Also remember that Unions do not make one immune to layoffs.
As part of the reorganization, the city’s public works director, an account clerk and a part-time office assistant will be laid off in early April. The responsibilities and titles of four other employees will change, and three new positions — a principal analyst, a management analyst and a senior accountant — will be added.
Tim McCormick of Laborers International Union Local 270A, the union that represents 41 nonpublic safety city employees, said they had been told during the last budget cuts that they were safe from layoffs. Colangelo’s plan caught them off guard.
“It wasn’t reasonable notice,” said McCormick. Announced on Feb. 14, the reorganization has been dubbed by some employees as the St. Valentines’ Day Massacre.
One member of the union will be laid off as a result of the reorganization, he said. For the remaining employees, the sudden announcement has made them feel vulnerable and question their loyalty to the city, McCormick said.