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article imageGiorgio Mammoliti: Wake-Up Toronto! Special

By Paul W. Fitzgerald     Oct 17, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti wants an end to city employees sleeping on the job. City Hall is now abuzz with news that workers throughout the city may be hitting the snooze button while at work.
Mammoliti has just issued photos to all media outlets in Toronto, ON, of a Canadian Union Public Employee (CUPE Local 79) sleeping while on duty at the Carmine Stefano Community Centre. The Centre is located right in the heart of Mammoliti’s riding.
“This isn’t an isolated incident, there are cases all over the city where staff people feel they can just sleep on the job, put their head (down) on the job and not worry about the repercussions,” says Mammoliti.
Insiders at Toronto City Hall and even Mayor Rob Ford are commending Mammoliti’s leadership in dealing with employees who hit the snooze button while at work. After all, it’s the tax payers’ hard earned money that pays for city jobs, union and non-union, according to Ford.
Ford applauds Mammoliti for exposing the employee and is infuriated with the ordeal.
“If we have someone that is literally sleeping at their desk ... we cannot tolerate this,” says Ford.
Mammoliti and Ford have sent a request this morning asking city staffers to immediately investigate the employee.
Mammoliti and Ford want the employee and his supervisor dismissed right away if in fact he was sleeping.
“This a complete embarrassment and a black eye on our city,” says Ford.
Local 79 claim that Mammoliti is pulling off a media stunt. However City of Toronto officials are reviewing the matter and are taking this case quite seriously.
Mammoliti has not identified the employee in the photos taken.
Reporters today rushed to the community centre to speak with the employee.
“Clearly, I’m looking for something on the floor,” says the man.
“Your perception is of someone sleeping. Mine is (of someone) looking for something on the floor.”
Local 79 president Tim Maguire suggests the employee may have been on break when the photos were taken.
“If someone is on their break they shouldn’t be fearful of very powerful people using them as an example to distract from service cuts,” Maguire told reporters today.
He adds, “There is not a culture of people sleeping on the job at community centres.
City staffers indicate that they have been hearing rumblings of city staffers sleeping on the job and taking longer breaks.
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