March 1 is employee appreciation day, and it is really nice that Councilor Gallant has taken the time on his blog today to thank all the people that work for the municipality. In a way I find these kind of days are a little ironic, it is great to stand up and appreciate your employees for a day, but shouldn’t you being appreciating them every day?
No I’m not talking about taking them out for lunch, giving them extra money or bonuses, I am talking about treating them with respect, dignity and working together on a daily basis.
Do not get me wrong from 2004-2010 when I sat on council there was times when the employer and the employees were at loggerheads. Yes we had a few bad apples in the barrel but the vast majority of the employees did a good job on a daily basis. I believed that Council and Administration for the most part respected and had a good working relationship with Cupe and its members.
Today we have a municipal workforce that is totally demoralized, the level of morale is at its lowest point ever. The relationship between the employer and CUPE has been described to me has toxic. Ask any councilor how many CUPE members came to the Municipal Christmas party, take a look at the number of employees that have left in the last two years. Not just administrators but the hourly workforce too.
Next council/administration is not just going to have to rebuild bridges with the volunteer base they will have to do the same with their staff.
The message of this blog celebrate the municipal employees today, but do not lose sight of the fact that there are some serious problems there that are not going away because somebody puts a positive spin on things for one day.
Maybe 2:18 will appear and describe me again has being negative, do not believe me this is a small town the municipal employee’s that look after our community are our neighbors, friends and relatives.