By: Diane Benjamin
The Bloomington City Council voted last night to spend $894,537.07 over 5 years for timekeeping and scheduling software.
Claims were made about reducing a massive amount of paperwork.
Nobody bothered to ask how many employees will no longer be needed with this massive reduction of time and paperwork.
Nicole showed a pic of stacks of boxes of paperwork that will be eliminated, so how many employees will be replaced by this expensive technology? Crickets!
It got better. Alderman Kevin Lower questioned Nicole Albertson about the capabilities of the software. The discussion got to how many City Employees exist – Lower mentioned 700. Albertson corrected him. She said 1122 W’2 forms were issued.
Of course that includes seasonal and part-time employees. Being overly generous, I will assume 400 of them. That’s still 722 employees.
Bills and payroll approved last night show 465 Bi-weekly employees. Weekly employees payroll list 334 and 338. From the hours listed for season employees, at most 80 worked full-time. Those numbers easily show the total employees working permanently is now over 700. I wonder how many more times Tari will claim the City has 100 fewer workers than they used to.
For fiscal year 2015 (4/30/15), the City reported to the State of Illinois 625 employees: http://tinyurl.com/j3yptbf
Since the City has failed to issue and report the financial statements for 4/30/16, we don’t know how many employees the City will report.
Remember how automating garbage pickup was going to cut the number of workers needed? Those folks just got reassigned. Will the same thing happen with the new software? Don’t forget additional employees come with gold-plated healthcare and pensions expenses – of course at your expense.
See Albertson’s comments here – just hit play: