Thursday, October 17, 2013
Toronto Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti defends taking alleged snoozing worker photo
Spokesman Wynna Brown said she couldn’t address personnel issues on Thursday but confirmed the investigation is still underway.
“I can advise that the review is ongoing (Thursday) and we will follow up with appropriate action, pending the outcome of the review,” Brown said.
Mammoliti said Thursday has no regrets about taking the photo on Wednesday at the Carmine Stefano Community Centre and sending it out as part of a press release urging city workers to “wake up.”
“I think we need to send a very loud message that if this is a culture that is widespread in the system we will be asking others to come forward with their stories,” Mammoliti said.
“Even if he wasn’t sleeping and I don’t believe that he wasn’t … you have a room full of people that are lifting barbells and they are supposed to be being watched so they don’t get hurt.
“If he’s on a break then why wasn’t he in the lunchroom?”
The York West (Ward 7) councillor said no matter what scenario unfolds “it was inappropriate.”
“This is not something I did on the spur of the moment, we have had a file on this since March in my office,” he said.
Mammoliti — the parks committee chairman — sent an e-mail to city parks general manager Jim Hart asking that no site staff that have raised issues about workers at the community centre should be reprimanded or moved following the review.
“(If that happens) I’m going to consider it a whistleblowing issue and bring it to council,” Mammoliti said.
CUPE Local 79 president Tim Maguire said they are waiting for the city to communicate the results of the review.
But Maguire wouldn’t rule out the union filing a grievance about Mammoliti’s behaviour.
“That’s a potential depending on what the city determines to do with this,” Maguire said Thursday. “If we feel that the way this was handled, trying people in public … if we feel that it impacted the process of determining what the appropriate penalty is, yes.”
Maguire came out Wednesday saying they would be assuming the employee was on his mid-morning break until further information is available.
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