Hearing scheduled on bill overhauling civil service system in U.S. state

By on 01/09/2015
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.

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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