Comment 87982

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted April 19, 2013 at 13:42:44

Thank you for posting this commentary on municipal employee absenteeism and performance, Mr. Crawford.

There is also a side issue deserving of consideration.

The Employee Attendance Performance Measures Report does not provide any statistics on the types of illness or injury sustained by employees in and outside of the workplace. For example, do any of the 6,300 municipal employees suffer from a gambling addiction that has resulted in absenteeism or reduced work performance? If so, how are their gambling problems being treated?

City council recently unanimously passed a motion by Councillor Merulla which leaves the door open for a possible downtown casino if OLG and the casino proponents demonstrate that the Flamboro Downs site is not feasible for a casino/hotel complex. What impact would a downtown casino, located a five minute walk or drive from City Hall, have on municipal employee attendance and performance? This question was not studied by city staff nor was it addressed by city council when it considered and passed the recent casino motion. It needs to become part of the discussion before city council makes any final decision on the casino issue in the next year or two.

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