The push to privatize services traditionally provided by government is the focus of a community forum slated for next week.
Since the Reagan era, privatization — or the outsourcing of public services to the private sector — has been touted as a way to make government more efficient and less costly. Critics, however, allege it is a form of union-busting that often leads to lower wages for workers and reduced accountability to the public.
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and the Christ Church Cathedral Outreach Committee, the luncheon forum will be held beginning at noon on Feb.
Peter McLinden, regional director of AFSCME Council 8, and Hamilton County Administrator Christian Sigman will discuss the pros and cons of contracting out services to private firms. After their remarks, there will be time set aside for questions and comments from the audience.
The forum, which is free and open to the public, will occur at the Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 E. Fourth St., downtown.
Attendees may purchase food for $5.50 or bring their own brown bag lunches. Also, parking is available on-street at meters or in the garage of the building across the street from the cathedral, on Fourth Street between Broadway and Sycamore.
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