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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Another Amazing Change and Equally Amazing Response from the TA
Our porters will be given more work with an additional building added to their duties on weekends. They will not get paid extra for this weekend work, but will be given days off during the week instead. So, if you are a porter who has looked forward to spending time with your family on the weekend, forget about it!
Here is the report at the Town & Village blog, which explains more:
Of course, the humane solution would be to hire more porters to cover the weekend schedule, but when was the last time you saw CWCapital/CompassRock acting humanely?
Brian Moriarity, a spokesman for CompassRock, even had the gaul to spin this as something necessary to "better serve the community." Thanks, Brian, but if you want to better serve this community, you may want to hire more porters AND stop the influx of students packing apartments over the legal limit AND cease dividing up apartments with the addition of pressurized walls so you can get more bodies in. That would really help in the ever-growing problem of just too many people occupying a limited space and the garbage influx and wear to buildings that goes along with such a population explosion.
And what about our TA? Is our TA coming down hard on this new change? Not at all.
Susan Steinberg, president of the TA, italics mine. “While on the face of it, it is commendable that management is shifting staff to better serve the community on weekends, tenants need to be vigilant about whether building conditions are maintained, improved, or deteriorate as a result of such shuffling, and let the Tenants Association know.... Clearly, with more people home on weekends, a buildup of items in the recycling room is inevitable ― and often concerning due to the possibility of fire or bedbug hazards.”
So, basically, the TA is saying "good idea" to CompassRock ("commendable" actually!), but dear tenants just let us know how all this turns out in your building.
Ms. Steinberg even has this suggestion: “One would hope management will consider some shifting of plumbing staff in the same way they are shifting porters.” So, yeah, let's screw around with the lives and work load of our plumbers, instead of hiring more plumbers!
Signing off, disgusted.