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Vancouver lays off some staff and hires others

February 16th, 2010 · 3 Comments

I know it’s hard to pay attention to this kind of thing when our whole city is in major uproar mode and 800 staff are currently enjoying the sunshine out at various Olympics sites, but …

Interesting to note that hiring seems to have picked up at the hall. There are currently 19 positions posted, including an assistant  planning director (a position that was posted before, then didn’t get filled when the candidate offered the position declined to move here after all, then was closed because of the hiring freeze), a landscape architect, another assistant planning director for community services, several business analysts, a property negotiator, a superintendent for golf services and … I could go on but you can read it for yourself here.

This is all while the city has given notices of potential layoffs to 42 union staff and two managers.

“It’s surprising how many positions have been posted,” is the comment I got from CUPE 15 president Paul Faoro, as he’s been working to try to mitigate the impacts of those 42 lost positions, including all the recreation programmers at community centres. “The floodgates opened just in the last week. And some of the positions they are filling for, you have to scratch your head.”

All job postings are open to March 3, btw, since no one has any time right at the moment to cope with them.

Categories: City Hall Talk