Thursday, May 7, 2009

Civil Service layoff proposal hit

A parade of people appeared before the State Civil Service Commission — the body constitutionally charged with approving rules governing state employment practices — to protest changes to employee layoff procedures.

At the heart of the opposition is a proposed end to “bumping rights,” which generally protect senior employees from layoffs. The proposed rules would use job performance ratings in determining who goes and who stays — a move that could inject politics into decision-making, employees said.

The commission is scheduled to vote on the proposed changes at a June 3 public hearing. The rules affect layoff procedures for some 60,000 state employees.

The Civil Service agency staff is recommending the changes in preparation for potential job layoffs and state government reorganization.

But opponents said the agency was abandoning state employees and acquiescing to the wishes of politicians who want to make state employees the fall guys for the economic ills of the state.

Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain — the state employee representative on the commission — advised state employees to become “proactive” in the wake of the assault on their jobs.

“You better come out from under the house yourselves and you better go to calling your legislators and you better not just let this happen to you,” Cain said.


watchdog said...

The proposed changes to Civil Service will further enslave Civil Service employees. Far too many unclassified employees paid from the same pot of money although paid much more than Civil Service employees have already re-written job descriptions and circumvented Civil Service rules gaining more and more control over people, over the system and over the money making hiring selections based on political and personal choices rather than one's eligibility by following the real rules for hiring and promoting Civil Service employees. Do not continue changing rules that take us light years backward and cause great harm to the system that isn't perfect but is far better than it will be if politicians and the "rich and famous," the wannabes and wonderboys gain more control.

Larken Doughty said...

I am not in favor of using performance evaluations in place of years of service to determine eligibility for layoff. This measure would turn a standarized process into a popularity contest and violate basic worker's rights.