14th District Dems Call to Action - Urge Pugh, Jenkins, Tate, Spivey and Brown to Reconsider Yes Vote on No Bid Enjoi Contract
- fyiattached is the 14th District Democratic Party Resolution regarding the paratransit crisis in Detroit - the resolution honors two great Democratic Women - Eleanor Roosevelt and Maryann Mahaffey - it was authored by Advocate for people with disabilities Hank Johnson with a few minor additions from others..Urgent Call to Action14th Dems Call on Pugh, Reverend Spivey, Tate, Brown and Jenkins to Reverse Attack on Detroit Workers and Disability rights
The 14th District Democratic Party Organization is proud to stand with AFSMCE Council 25, the Teamsters, Disability Advocacy Group ARC Detroit and others in asking the new five council members to reconsider their vote on the 4 million dollar illegal no bid ENJOI contract which violates the Detroit Living Wage Ordinance and triggers other potential legal problems. The vote can be reconsidered if one of the five new members reconsiders their vote in writing to the city clerk before 4 pm, Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Jones, Watson, Kenyatta, and Cockrel provided leadership by voting No.Please call and email these officials and print and distribute the attached resolution to your neighbors and at community meetings asap.
Charles Pugh councilpresidentpugh@... (313) 224-4510
James Tate councilmembertate@... (313) 224-1027
Saunteel Jenkins councilmemberjenkins@... (313) 224-4248
Andre Spivey CouncilmanSpivey@... (313) 224-4841
Gary Brown councilmemberbrown@... (313) 224- 2450
Resolution Regarding City of Detroit Para Transit ServicesThe great Eleanor Roosevelt, the mother of international human rights law, posed the fundamental challenge for those who, like us, are charged with protecting civil rights:
“Where after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood one lives in; the school or college they attend; the factory, farm or office where they work. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”
In memory of two great Democratic women, Eleanor Roosevelt and Councilwoman Maryann Mahaffey:
WHEREAS, the 14th Congressional District Democratic Party believes that locally elected officials, including members of the Detroit City Council, must espouse and enact legislation which supports Democratic Party values and beliefs.
WHEREAS, the 14th Congressional District Michigan Democratic Party believes that America, and therefore the City of Detroit, is a pluralistic society and we must be vigilant, in the Spirit of the Declaration of Independence, and hold this truth to be self-evident, “that all people are created equal."
WHEREAS, the 14th Congressional District Michigan Democratic Party believes in workers’ rights and will protect workers and their unions from local governments who attempt to contract out and privatize good paying jobs with low-wage, non-union employees, including mass transit and para transit drivers and schedulers.
WHEREAS, the 14th Congressional District Michigan Democratic Party believes as those good paying jobs are lost, and there is a subsequent growth in lower paying non-union jobs it drives down the standard of living for all working families; and
WHEREAS, the 14th Congressional District Michigan Democratic Party, supports the people of the City of Detroit in their endorsement of a living wage as a legal requirement to be a contractor for the City of Detroit.
WHEREAS, the 14th Congressional District Michigan Democratic Party supports the civil rights of persons with disabilities to have high quality, respectful, safe and clean mass transit and para transit (origin-to destination transportation) services provided by the City of Detroit.
WHEREAS, the 14th Congressional District Michigan Democratic Party believes that persons with disabilities must play a significant role in the design, training, implementation and monitoring of mass transit and para transit services.
WHEREAS, the 14th District Congressional Michigan Democratic Party believe this current transit crisis could have been prevented by Mayor Bing and his administration working with Veolia Transportation in attempting to resolve outstanding financial and operational disputes
WHEREAS, on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, by a majority vote of 4-5, the Detroit City Council willfully violated these sacred Democratic Party principles, and provided a $4,000,000.00 no bid contract to an organization, Enjoi Transportation, to provide para transit services with workers being $8.00 per hour.
WHEREAS, Councilwoman Brenda Jones, Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, Councilman Kenneth Cockrel, Jr., and Councilman Kwame Kenyatta, demonstrated the appropriate leadership and voted against this contract and deserve our highest commendation, and
WHEREAS, Council President Charles Pugh, Council President Pro-tem Gary Brown, Councilman James Tate, Councilwoman Shauntel Jenkins, and Councilman Andre Spivey illegally voted to support non-union Enjoi Transportation, in violation of the competitive bidding requirements, federal and local living wage requirements and Federal Transit Authority regulations.
WHEREAS, safety and other issues raised by Detroit’s disability community were ignored.
WHEREAS, the 14th Congressional District Michigan Democratic Party, stands with The Arc Detroit, AFSCME Local 25, and the Teamsters in their opposition to approval of a 4,000,000.00 no-bid contract to the scab organization Enjoi Transportation.
THEREFORE, Be it Resolved: That the 14th Congressional District calls on the Mayor of Detroit to immediately settle the dispute with Veolia and to get DDOT’s house in order, and calls on Council Members Charles Pugh, Gary Brown, James Tate, Saunteel Jenkins and the Reverend Andre Spivey to reverse their attack on Detroit workers and the civil rights of the disabled and reconsider their vote in writing to the City Clerk before 4 pm on April 13, 2010.