To the editor:
Re: "City's web woes," Dec. 21. After Coun. George Affleck gets some assistance navigating the city's new website, I would suggest he also seek some training in labour relations - especially given his comments about outsourcing city jobs.
I find it troubling that a city councillor would suggest contracting out highly specialized jobs responsible for significant civic information. I would be pleased to share with him studies showing that contracting out public services usually results in inferior service and rarely saves taxpayers money.
It would be refreshing, for once, to hear Coun. Affleck express his appreciation for the dedicated city employees who deliver public services and programs to residents and businesses. These public services and the people who provide them are part of the reason Vancouver is consistently recognized as one of the best and most livable cities in the world.
Paul Faoro, President CUPE Local 15