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News - January 15, 2010

Union calls for new look at organizational structure

New contracts for SEIU workers, police managers, firefighters all on City Council's 2010 agenda

by Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto's largest labor union is calling on the city to reevaluate its entire organizational structure before both sides resume their negotiations on a new workers contract.

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Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@paweekly.com.


Posted by Lynn Krug, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Oakland was able to perform an objective outside agency organizational review.
The ask from is not specific to employee groups, it seeks to address the city's future and an objective baseline analysis of the organization.

The City of Palo Alto organization needs an objective organizational review that addresses: organizational structure, service demand by the community, personnel performance review...to objectively look at: how we perform now, what we need to change, and how we can do better, right down to the community demand level, employee performance and organizational structure and efficiencies.

Without that we have no baseline for which to address short term and long term planning. Without that we cannot objectively address "efficiencies".

Continued piecemeal address of our entire city organization will not help anyone. The city, the citizens, the employees need a basis for a long term outlook.

Only by an objective organizational review of the city organization for:
- Employee Performance
- Organization structural review
- Community service demand
- Potential for efficiencies
will we be able to secure a baseline for our organization to reference where our money goes, and most importantly, how we will then address this in the short term and the long term.

We deserve to know what we are actually paying for.

Posted by John, a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2010 at 9:26 am

On the subject of Employee performance.
As a retired Palo Alto employee, in all the 10 years I was
there I only had one employee performance evaluation. That
was common in my department. Also, there was very little
communication from the Managers to the employees.
Mushroom syndrome.

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