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City officials this week begin touting that part of the agreement with Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc., as the deal increasingly becomes a subject of heated debate.
According to documents published Monday on the city’s website, the 200 jobs would include call center and data entry positions, information technology workers and managers.
The salaries and benefits would be “market-competitive to similar positions in Indianapolis,” which ACS put in the range of an annual $16,000 to $40,000 for data entry and call center jobs and $45,000 to $95,000 for the information technology and managerial roles.
I recall reading another published report today that Mayor Ballard suggested the average salary of these 200 jobs would be $50,000. Apparently, that figure was arrived at by averaging the highest and lowest salaries ACS suggests such workers might be paid.
Let's forget for a second that the ACS parking contract has an "incorporation clause" which says agreements outside the contract are invalid. A review of the Agreement posted on-line raises other troubling questions and concerns.
First, as someone who use to review business documents for real estate closings, there are some red flags with the Agreement, which is nothing more than a four page letter from ACS to the Mayor's Office. Although the Agreement purports to be from ACS, it is not on ACS letterhead. Rather it looks like someone simply typed it up with an ACS's name and address at the top. Surely, ACS could afford letterhead for such an important document.
Second, if you look on page four, you will simply see a scrawled signature for person who signed it on behalf of ACS. No printed name of the person, no title. I could not let a real estae closing go forward unless I knew exactly who signed that document and his or her title. If you don't know that information, you don't know if the person had the authority to sign. I don't know why the Jobs Agreement with ACS would be any different.
Finally, the document is signed by Michael Huber. Huber is only a Deputy Mayor and wouldn't have the authority to sign unless he was given that power by the Mayor.
Moving on from those housekeeping items, it should be noted that despite the spin by the City and ACS about the salaries that woudl be coming to Indianapolis there are no salary promises in the Agreement. (Nor are there promises about minority jobs in the Agreement, an omission which belies the efforts of the City and ACS to get the votes of African-American councilors by pandering to them on the issue of minority jobs.) Rather here is what it says about the jobs ACS was promising:
"The Jobs include, without limitation, call center positions, data entry jobs, technical and information technology roles, and/or management positions. The Jobs shall pay wage and benefit packages that are market-competitive to similar positions in Indianapolis, Indiana, and include benefits consistent with ACS' overall corporate practice."There are no salaries in that language or anyplace else in the agreement. In fact the jobs aren't even required to be full time. ACS could simply offer 200 jobs for one day a week and fulfill the Agreement.
There is a penalty for if ACS doesn't provide the jobs...a whole $2,000 a year. As Urbanophile's Aaron Renn pointed out in a comment to the IBJ article, that is less than the price owed by the City to ACS for taking out one parking meter.
Then again, the City would never know if ACS were living up to the agreement in order to impose that fine because as in the Parking Contract, in the Agreeement (bottom of page 1) the City is leaving it up to ACS to provide the calculations on how many jobs it provided and ACS's penalty. How convenient.
On page two, ACS also promises to pay $25,000 per year to "community organizations with a focus on downtown Indianapolis, Indiana." What do you want to bet that that money ends up in the pocket of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.? Am I too cynical to see a connection between this $25,000 annual payoff, er, donation, and IDI's support of the ACS parking agreement, support that in fact directly flies in the face of many downtown businesses IDI claims to represent?
Does the administration really think people are so stupid as to not see this one-sided deal for what it is - insiders trying to use their positions in the Ballard administration to enrich themselves and their clients?