‘Ottawa’ Union Raise Flags Over City Hall Shuffle
The union representing professionals such as planners and engineers is raising warning flags over the management shuffle, making them the latest employee group to speak up over recent changes at city hall.
The Civic Institute of Professional Personnel is worried the reorganization announced this week by city manager Steve Kanellakos could increase the workload and stress of its members.
Executive director Jamie Dunn said the union will start negotiating a new collective agreement in 2017 and the implications of the management shuffle could inform the talks.
“This will test our relationship on the big issues and how our relationship will develop going forward,” Dunn said.
Kanellakos merged several departments, cutting down the reporting structure to an inner circle of 10 high-level executives and general managers overseeing portfolios. Those managers are now tasked with finding savings.