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Hackensack Mayor: No Layoffs In New Trash Collection Plan

Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse
Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse Photo Credit: COURTESY: John Labrosse

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- No layoffs will be part of any new garbage collection plan adopted in Hackensack, regardless of which direction the city decides to go, Hackensack Mayor John P. Labrosse said.

Bids from potential garbage collection vendors will be reviewed before city officials can decide if contracting the services makes financial sense.

"At the last city council meeting, a large number of people expressed concerns about the possibility of bringing in a private company to take over garbage collection duties in Hackensack. Most of these concerns focused on the potential impact on current city employees if a private vendor is hired," the mayor said in a statement.

Cost savings is the driver of the exploration of outside services, although the mayor said officials are concerned over the possible employee impact.

"Let me be clear: there will be no layoffs of any permanent employees," Labrosse said. "All of the current sanitation workers would have the option of transferring into other city departments. No one will lose their job, their salary or their benefits."

The fact-finding exercise of vendor review is intended to unearth what savings, if any, outside services can bring to the city.

Contact Philip Swibinski, 201-864-0600 or philip.swibinski@vmmi.net for more information.

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