TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY WORKER RAGE AGAINST KCFD OUTSOURCING MOVE!!!
There's an important City Hall labor move coming up this week. Check it:
RIGHT NOW WORKERS ARE RAGING OVER AN OUTRAGEOUS KCFD OUTSOURCING ATTEMPT!!!
And it just occurred to me that this is pro-KCFD rank and file and a bit of follow-up about Kansas City Fire Department promises to stay loyal to their employees after the MAST takeover . . . A pledge that's now under suspicion.
Check the EXCLUSIVE TKC TIPSTER TESTIMONY explaining the sitch:
KCFD BROKEN PROMISES
There is a huge situation going on with the fire dept right now that needs some attention. Mayor Sly James, the City Manager, and Chief Berardi are attempting to outsource the KCFD billing division to a company out of Fort Lauderdale, FL.
22 of our hardworking employees that started with MAST, many of them 15-20+ years ago, and that have stuck through this failing merger, will lose their jobs. These people hold a combined 192 years of tenure. 88% of them are women. Most of them are single mothers, and most of them are minorities. They were promised a home with KCFD and a pension when this merger happened and now they are being discarded for what? To save the city money on personnel costs. That's it. They are the loyal, dedicated people that every day work with our patients one on one to help them settle their ambulance bills. Their years of experience has built a connection with the citizens in our community that is invaluable. They are certainly not replaceable by some out of state call center.
Today at the Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee meeting, some of the ladies who will be losing their jobs and the Presidents of Local 500 and Local 42 testified in an attempt to save their positions and keep our department intact. The ordinance was sent to full council with overwhelming opposition from the committee and a consequent do not pass recommendation.
The vote to accept the private company's contract and outsource will be tomorrow. Word from behind the scenes is that despite the clear absence of logic, due diligence, or justification, the Mayor is going to do what he can to push this deal through and outsource their jobs. The public should be made aware and outraged that this Mayor, who continually touts bringing jobs to Kansas City, is pushing to take jobs away from our own community and outsource them to another state. Could you please do what you can to spread the word and maybe help save these people's jobs?