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Stopping Outsourcing In It’s Tracks. Jane Carter, Labor Economist III [email protected] GOALS. Outsourcing 101 Proactive fights Best Practices and Executing a Plan Coalition Building. Same Game… Different Name…. Why Are They Outsourcing?.

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Stopping outsourcing in it s tracks

Stopping Outsourcing In It’s Tracks

Jane Carter, Labor Economist III

[email protected]


Goals

GOALS

  • Outsourcing 101

  • Proactive fights

  • Best Practices and Executing a Plan

  • Coalition Building


Same game different name

Same Game… Different Name…


Why are they outsourcing

Why Are They Outsourcing?

“Desperate government is our best customer. There will be a lot of desperate governments out there.”

  • Infrastructure: $100 billion.

  • Private waste: $50 billion

  • Chicago Parking LLC: $11.6 billion

  • Denver Northwest Parkway: 99 years

  • Indiana Toll Road: $447,000


Why are they outsourcing1

Why Are They Outsourcing?

181 (2009)

3.6 million

1% = 1/3

8

$10 million

257 x YOU


Why are they outsourcing2

Why Are They Outsourcing?

$6,000,000,000,000


Different name same game

DifferentName… Same Game

  • Contracting Out

  • Outsourcing

  • Alternative Service Delivery

  • Contingents - Temporaries

  • Volunteers

  • Others?


Trends in privatization

TRENDS in PRIVATIZATION

NOTHING NEW…

  • P3s – Public-Private Partnerships

  • Selling Public Assets

    • Water, lotteries, roads

  • Privatization of nearly every service provided by the public and for the public

    • Social Services, Prisons, IT, Clerical, Custodial, Food Service, Medical Care, and Sanitation


We are all on the track

We Are All on the Track

  • Individual Job Loss

    • Union Membership Loss

    • Weakens Political Clout

  • Harder to Bargain

  • Encourages Other Employers

    A Good Fight Sends an Important Message


What s at stake

What’s At Stake?

  • Loss of public input and oversight of public services

  • Poor service quality for taxpayers and residents

  • Loss of taxpayer control of public services and assets to Wall Street Bankers and CEOs.


Threats where do they come from

Threats: Where do they come from?

  • Federal Legislation and Regulations

  • State Legislation and Regulations

  • Local Government Service Delivery Decisions

  • Private Sector Subcontracting


Stopping outsourcing in it s tracks

2013PrivatizationBills

WA

NH

VT

ME

MT

ND

OR

MA

MN

ID

WI

NY

SD

RI

WY

MI

CT

IA

PA

NJ

NE

NV

OH

IL

IN

UT

DE

WV

CA

CO

DC

KS

VA

MO

MD

KY

NC

TN

OK

AZ

NM

AR

SC

GA

AL

MS

TX

LA

FL

AK

HI


Warning signs at the worksite

Warning Signs at the Worksite

  • Financial Shortfalls

  • Service Problems - Complaints

  • Private Contractor Marketing

  • Consultant Studies – Reports on Operations

  • Outdated Technology and Equipment

  • Cut Backs in Maintenance

  • Unfilled Positions

  • New Services Without New Positions


Local attacks it doesn t just happen

Local Attacks:It Doesn’t Just “Happen”

  • Contractors are Aggressive Marketers

  • Push for “Smaller Government”

  • Tough Times =

    • “Core Mission”

    • Personnel Costs

    • Asset Sales/Leases – Quick Money

  • Avoiding Responsibility


Be proactive know and shape the rules

Be Proactive:Know and Shape the Rules

  • Are there negotiated restrictions on contracting out?

  • Does the DM have the legal authority to act?

  • Are they following the required procedures?

    • Right of notification

  • What opportunities exist for input - influence?

    • Public Hearings

    • Votes to Proceed or Approve

    • Bidder’s Conference

    • Labor - Management Meetings


Stop it before it happens

Stop it Before it Happens!

  • Keep the Union Strong, Educated and Alert

  • Fight for High Quality Public Services

  • Support Decision Makers that Support the Union

  • Develop and Maintain a Strong Network of Allies

  • Know Your Contract and the Law

    Take the Privatization Workshop at AFSCME 41st International Convention


Be proactive limit the threats

Be Proactive: Limit the Threats

Contract Language – Legislation – Policy

  • No Contracting (all or particular service)

  • Contracting Under Specific Limited Conditions

  • Legislative Authorization Required – Public Hearing

  • Advance Notice

  • Joint Labor-Management Alternative

  • Labor Only Alternative

  • Time and technical assistance


Here they come what now

HERE THEY COME… WHAT NOW?


Develop and execute a plan

Develop and Execute a Plan

  • Identify Goal

  • Develop the Steps – Blueprint to Achieve Goal

  • Identify Leader to Manage and Drive the Plan

  • Assign Specific Responsibilities for Actions

  • Maintain Regular Communication

  • Hold People Accountable for Commitments

  • Be Flexible and Make Modifications As Conditions Change


Understand the threat

Understand the Threat

  • What is being proposed?

  • Who is proposing it?

  • Why are they doing it?

  • Who will decide?

  • How can we influence the decision makers?


Evaluate coalition partners allies

Evaluate Coalition Partners & Allies

ID Coalition Partners and Allies

  • Service Users

  • Suppliers

  • Justice and Religious Organizations

  • Media: reporters, editorial boards, columnists, bloggers

  • Other Elected Officials

  • Constituents


Coalition network benefits

Coalition/Network Benefits

  • Share Experiences and Successful Tactics

  • Increase Amount of Technical Expertise

    • Review Legislation and Rules, Bidding Materials

    • Communication Techniques

  • Increase Resources

    • “Boots on the Ground”

    • Access to Additional Communities of Interest

  • Puts a Different Face (non-union) on Message


Group exercise finding partners

Group Exercise: Finding Partners


Group exercise finding partners1

Group Exercise: Finding Partners

  • Take 5 minutes and identify at least 3 possible coalition partners

  • Share your list with others at the table

  • Explain what they will bring to the fight

  • Table collectively picks five partners

  • Report out to us how these partners will help defeat the privatization


Follow up exercise

Follow-up Exercise

Be proactive by working with your union to reach out to at least three potential coalition partners that you can work with to fight your own battles back home.


Resources

RESOURCES

In The Public Interest A Resource Center on privatization and with the goal of ensuring democratic control of public functions.

FoodandWaterWatch.org: Collection of materials, surveys, articles on the privatization of water

AFSCME Research and Collective Bargaining Department

  • Tools on Bidding

  • Sample contract language

  • Privatization Toolkit and other resources


  • Login