Employees of the North Providence Department of Public Works will keep their jobs. Eyewitness News cameras were rolling Tuesday night as Cardi Corporation withdrew its bid for the Department of Public Works contract. … The bidding process will start over and DPW workers could still face potential layoffs….
Lombardi still undecided on private DPW
Source: Valley Breeze, July 23, 2013
Mayor Charles Lombardi says he’s still waiting to hear back from the workers at the North Providence Department of Public Works on how far they’re willing to go to stave off privatization of the department. Lombardi told The Breeze he gave the Local 1491-A of Council 94, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, the union that represents DPW employees, the opportunity to come up with a savings plan to combat the low bid of $1.54 million from Cardi Corp. to take over operations. Cardi submitted its bid to run the department back in late May. The mayor has had several meetings with officials from Cardi Corp. since the bid came in, and said so far he has been satisfied that the Warwick-based company would provide all the services the town needs for the amount bid. R.T. Nunes and Sons Inc., of West Warwick, submitted a much higher bid of $1,990,181 for year one of operating the department.