Upset over Mayor Dave Golonski's recent comments about outsourcing city jobs to save money, the Burbank City Employees Assn. political action committee has retracted its election endorsement of the 20-year councilman, calling the idea a "slap in the face."
"Why should [our PAC] support someone that's not supporting us?" asked Clifford Siner, president of the union, which represents roughly 540 current city employees across all departments. "Our people are going above and beyond — they're not just people who come here, do a job, and want to hurry up and get out."
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Outsourcing would also compromise the quality of city services and level of worker commitment, he added.
"If street sweepers were outsourced, they would come in and sweep streets one time then go on their way because they have to go to another city," Siner said. "Our guys go around not once, but twice, sometimes three times because that's the level of service we provide."