CITY OF DETROIT COALITION OF UNIONS HOLD ‘STOP THE CORRUPTION’ PROTEST AT COMPUWARE WORLD HQ
Shame, shame, shame on you Compuware! The company whose motto is “We Make IT Rock” is getting rocked by citizens over outsourcing city deal
Detroit – The City of Detroit Coalition of Unions is announcing they are holding a “Stop the Corruption” protest at the world headquarters of Compuware at noon, August 14, 2012. Compuware was chosen because City of Detroit CFO Jack Martin said he is eliminating all of the payroll jobs done by civil servants and giving the work to the company.
“Compuware was welcomed to Detroit with generous tax breaks paid for by the citizens of Detroit,” said Ed McNeil, Special Assistant to the President, Michigan AFSCME Council 25 on behalf of the Coalition of Unions. “And the company pays those citizens back by stabbing them in the back and taking their jobs. Shame, shame, shame on you Compuware!”
Compuware’s success coming at the price of putting families out of work is the latest in a string of ethically questionable decisions by state bureaucrats including:
- Allowing the current director of the health department to win a $61 million no bid contract to her company to run the department.
- Allowing the director of the Workforce Development Department to form a private company to run the department and forfeiting $50 million in funds to help the unemployed
- Unfairly treating the minority vendor community at the Workforce Development Department
- Paying $200,000 for a program manager and $220,000 for a CFO while slashing wages for low income workers.
- Footing the bill for an unlimited expense account plus $25,000 a year for each member of the financial board while laying working families off
- Plans to pay retired city assessors $160,000 – $180,000 plus benefits as private contractors while cutting police and fire fighter jobs
- Downsizing 80-percent of the water department workforce and outsourcing the work
- Increasing the cost of towed/impounded vehicles from $150 to $475 per vehicle to an out-of-state company
- Spending public funds to renovate the quasi-public Eastern Market when it is not necessary
Hundreds of city workers are expected to attend the Compuware protest in the heart of downtown during lunch. Compuware is the first company to be singled out for displacing working families in Detroit.