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File #: 200098    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 1/30/2020 In control: Committee on Labor and Civil Service
On agenda: Final action: 1/30/2020
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Labor & Civil Service to hold hearings regarding the safety and well-being of workers in the Sanitation Division of the Streets Department.
Sponsors: Councilmember Parker, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Signature20009800
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Authorizing the Committee on Labor & Civil Service to hold hearings regarding the safety and well-being of workers in the Sanitation Division of the Streets Department.
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WHEREAS, According to the Five Year Financial and Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2024, "The mission of the Streets Department is to provide clean, green, and safe streets in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The Department constructs and maintains the City's transportation network and develops solid waste management systems for the public health and safety in Philadelphia's communities"; and
WHEREAS, According to an analysis conducted by City Council's Technical Staff and adjusting for inflation, funding for the Streets Department, and specifically its Sanitation Division, has been effectively flat for at least the past fifteen years; and
WHEREAS, During this time of flat funding, the Sanitation Division's roles and responsibilities have ostensibly grown. For example, compared to fifteen years ago, in addition to carrying out its core functions, the Streets Department is now trying to achieve the goals of Zero Waste Philadelphia; implement and expand street sweeping; navigate a new reality in terms of globally-increasing recycling costs; and increase enforcement of trash and dumping violations; and
WHEREAS, It is likely that all the employees of the Streets Department have felt the effects of being asked to do more without a significant increase in funding. However, the employees who have felt these effects the most are those on the "front line" - the Sanitation Division employees; and
WHEREAS, In an October 24, 2019 article by WHYY, the reporter highlighted some the hazardous conditions faced by many Sanitation employees. For example, in the midst of their daily duties, Sanitation workers regularly contend with syringes and human feces, both of which have become even more problematic since the City is dealing with a Hepatitis A outbreak; and
WHEREAS, According to the WHYY a...

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