Hearing scheduled on bill overhauling civil service system in U.S. state
A public hearing has been scheduled in Madison on a Republican bill that overhauls Wisconsin’s 110-year-old civil service system affecting about 30,000 state employees, the Associated Press reports.
The Senate Labor and Government Reform Committee scheduled a seven-hour hearing for Tuesday, 6 October, on the measure that was circulated on Monday.
The bill would do away with the civil service exam, speed up the hiring process, define “just cause” for disciplining employees and eliminate “bumping” rights that protect more experienced workers from losing their jobs.
Democrats and unions representing state workers have spoken out against the measure, saying it will make it easier to hire political cronies. Republicans say the changes will modernise the system and make it easier to hire more quickly to replace an ageing workforce.