Saturday, November 10, 2012

Detroit water department to cut jobs by 80%

Long overdue, Detroit is a dying city, just cut off the machine and let it go already.
The director of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department on Friday acknowledged plans to downsize the workforce by nearly 80 percent are "painful" but necessary to reduce costs.

"It's painful to look at the numbers," director Sue McCormick said during a public hearing on the department's multi-year reorganization plan. "It's painful for employees to feel like this."

The five-year plan, under an estimated $50 million contract with the private consulting firm EMA, would change job classifications and shrink the number of employees from 1,978 to around 375. The changes would save about $139 million a year in personnel costs, officials said.

From The Detroit News:

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