AFSCME members protest city proposal to outsource code enforcement

By Audrey Williams

February 12, 2013 Updated Feb 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Members of Peoria AFSCME Local 3464 are voicing their concern about a city proposal to hire a private company to preform code enforcement and building inspection.

The group held an informational picket outside of city hall ahead of Tuesday night's city council meeting. Representatives said the proposal puts 19 jobs at risk and could end up costing the city more money.

"We had alerted them whenever they were sub-contracting the engineering department that it was ultimately going to cost the citizens more money and they would have less access to city hall, and that's exactly what has happened," said Council 31 Staff Representative Tim Lavelle.

Mayor Jim Ardis is unsure when this measure will make it to the council floor for discussion.

"I think the important thing for people to know is that the public will be invited and encouraged to participate in that discussion, all the discussions will take place very openly and transparently," said Ardis.

The union plans to host a town hall meeting at the Labor Temple Wednesday, February 20 at 5 p.m.

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