BY COUNCILORS STEWART AND NESS:
WHEREAS, in environments where employers focus on maintaining a trained and knowledgeable workforce, workers tend to be dedicated, creative and productive; and
WHEREAS, layoffs lead to cuts in services which are essential for maintaining a healthy and vibrant community; and
WHEREAS, numerous opportunities exist for increasing revenues and decreasing costs without layoffs; and
WHEREAS, layoffs involve indirect costs, including low worker morale, trauma to the unemployed worker and other social cost associated with unemployment; and
WHEREAS, the Duluth City Council has an interest in working cooperatively with the administration regarding the 2005 budget.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city council expresses its desire to establish a budget that will preserve city services and avoid layoffs.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city council encourages the administration to explore all cost saving measures and potential revenue sources prior to considering layoffs.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution sets out the council’s priority to avoid layoff of employees.