As you know, I have touted the enormous success of Philladelphia that has gone from a 85% kill rate in 2004 to a 60% save rate today. I talked before to Tara Derby who said they have the same union as the employees at Animal Services. She said even a strong union is not a blockage to getting rid of bad employees.
I have been assured by management here that what happened in Philly cannot be duplicated here because we also have civil service.
This was just received as a comment from someone in the Philly system. It is a challenge to Ed Boks to get rid of bad employees. Here is the comment:
Out here in Philly (VERY strong union) we just brought in a new COO who has been cleaning house since the day he started (only 3 months ago). You are right, it is challenging managing employees who think they are protected buy a union/civil...but because he is committed to getting rid of the employees who needed to leave (most YEARS ago) -- it doesn't matter who the employees pay dues too as long as someone (anyone) holds the employees (and managers) accountable for their actions. Stop painting a picture that a union/civil is a roadblock to getting things done--this is a poor excuse.
In Philly we have seen positive change after change in 3 short months -- because one guy stood up and said, "not on my watch!!" LA can do the same.