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Public Service Without Public Servants

A discussion of the privatization and outsourcing of traditional public functions, and of the contracting

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Competitive bidding and municipal services

The City of Indianapolis has sought competitive bids for many non-safety municipal services. AFSCME has participated in the bidding process, winning most bids and collaborating with the City to improve efficiencies. Representatives of the Union and of the City describe the Indianapolis experience.

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In grievances of the right to subcontract where the CBA is silent on the matter, Attorney Clark presents reasons why arbitrators should apply a standard in public sector cases different from that applied in private sector cases; he asserts that, in the public sector, where “reasonableness” is the relevant standard, the subcontracted work should be …

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A description of the forms that privatization and contracting out have taken in Canada; why neither is not in the best interests of the general public as citizens and taxpayers; and how privatization is being fought, through the labor relations system, in Canada. The author challenges the arguments offered for privatization: that government is too …

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