Mammoliti’s new crusade: Sleeping on the job
Taxpayers should be thankful the new sheriff in town, Giorgio Mammoliti, has exposed a terrible secret that the unions can no longer deny: City workers are sleeping on the job.
Some people have known all along that anyone shameless enough to take a job with the city is an indolent do-nothing who’d sooner sit at the counter and pick their nose than help the next person in line.
And with unions that protect their right to rest, aided by pinko city councillors who jump to fulfill their every demand, it is no wonder that employees leave work feeling refreshed and relaxed, after snoozing the day away.
Except for readers of Sue-Ann Levy, the hidden world of shiftless city workers was not known to the public, until one courageous councillor – Mammoliti – finally shone the bright light of disclosure on it.
Mammoliti has made public a photo that shows a worker at a recreation centre with his or her head down on a desk, apparently sleeping.
Workers at the recreation centre have been sleeping on the job for 10 years, he said, but he didn’t have a picture to prove it until Wednesday.
It was a wake-up call for me, like an indisputable photo of Bigfoot, or aliens.
When I was a reporter in the Star’s city hall bureau, I heard rumours of barracks hidden in Etobicoke and North York, outfitted with bunk beds, TVs, pool tables, massage therapists, ping pong and other amusements.
Hundreds of workers who were tight with their bosses were allowed to sleep and fiddle the day away, while collecting salaries just below $100,000 a year, to keep them off the province’s sunshine list. Or so the story went.
It seemed too fantastical to be believed, until Giorgio’s photo.
Mammoliti warned city managers that if people like this are in their employ, don’t ask for any budget increases.
Mayor Rob Ford is usually tight-lipped on personnel issues, particularly when it involves people in his own office. But he was unable to restrain himself about the laggard in the photo.
A black eye on the city, said the mayor (and he'd know), adding he wants the employee fired, along with the manager who supervised him.
But let's look at the big picture. If sleeping on the job is as pervasive as Mammoliti says, then we need a full investigation, starting with those suburban barracks.
We could call it Project Somnolence.