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URGENT Appeal for Action – City’s VoIP Contract

TEAM MEMO
To:             All TEAM-IFPTE Local 161 Members
From:        TEAM Office
Date:         November 18, 2013
Re:            URGENT Appeal for Action – City’s VoIP Contract


On Wednesday November 20th, Winnipeg City Council will be voting to accept or reject the recommendation of its Administration to award the City Of Winnipeg’s landline VoIP contract to an out-of-province provider.  TEAM-IFPTE Local 161 will make a presentation before Council, advocating on behalf of our members outlining where we feel there were problems in the tendering criteria and decision making process.  We are asking for your support.

Can you call or contact your City Councillor by end of day tomorrow (Tuesday) to ask them to reject the recommendation?  We have prepared some key points to outline the issue:

-       Loss of local opportunity to be the provider of a major ‘made in Manitoba’ VoIP installation.

-       Security concerns as the bidding criteria only requires the data to be retained and stored in Canada.  Who has access to the data, what happens if the Company is sold to a foreign owner, and will the data ever leave Canada?

-       Hi-tech work leaving Winnipeg and Manitoba reduces job opportunities and removes cash from our local economy.

-       It is important that Council does not rush to make a decision, and takes into account ALL costs and chooses the solution which is in the City’s best interests.

Please use your personal information when completing the contact form and your own words.

City Councillors by Ward

Charleswood - Tuxedo : Paula Havixbeck
Contact Form
204-986-5232

Daniel McIntyre : Harvey Smith
Contact Form
204-986-5951

Elmwood - East Kildonan : Thomas Steen
Contact Form
204-986-5195

Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry : Jenny Gerbasi
Contact Form
204-986-5878

Mynarski : Ross Eadie
Contact Form
204-986-5188

North Kildonan : Jeff Browaty
Contact Form
204-986-5196

Old Kildonan : Devi Sharma
Contact Form
204-986-5264

Point Douglas: Mike Pagtakhan
Contact Form
204-986-8401

River Heights - Fort Garry : John Orlikow
Contact Form
204-986-5236

St. Boniface : Daniel Vandal
Contact Form
204-986-5206

St. Charles : Grant Nordman
Contact Form
204-986-5920

St. James - Brooklands : Scott Fielding
Contact Form
204-986-5848

St. Norbert : Justin Swandel
Contact Form
204-986-6824

St. Vital : Brian Mayes
Contact Form
204-986-5088

Transcona : Russ Wyatt
Contact Form
204-986-8087


TEAM-IFPTE Local 161
204-984-9470 or 1-877-984-9470
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