Labor Leaders Angry Over Proposed Civil Service Changes

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — City union leaders are up in arms over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign to change the state’s century-old civil service system.

A task force appointed by Bloomberg concluded that civil service examinations should not be required in the hiring of senior managers and IT specialists, saying the tests precluded the flexibility to hire the best people for the job.

In addition, the task force recommended changes to seniority rules, which some labor leaders charged would make it easier to hire and fire.

Harry Nespoli, chairman of the Municipal Labor Committee, called the proposed changes “very dangerous.”

“The system was set up to protect the worker and get a fair shake. And that’s what the civil service system does right now. The latest version of civil service reforms that they’re showing in the report destroys it,” he told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

The current system has been in place for more than 120 years. Bloomberg would need the state legislature’s approval to change the law.

Nespoli said he believed that the changes would lead to favoritism in hiring and would encourage the city to lay off higher paid senior workers and keep lower paid newer workers.

“It’ll give them the ability to pick who they want to get the job or not,” Nespoli said. “That’s not why civil service was set up. It was based on merit.”

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  1. John Q says:

    Perhap he’d like to move City Hall to Tammany Hall?

  2. marx engels remembers the coops says:

    Before anybody says anymore, remember the Unions made the 40-hour workweek a reality. but rich people like little Hitler believe you should work as many hours as you “want” until you drop dead!

  3. JAPjobs says:

    ‘saying the tests precluded the flexibility to hire the best people for the job.’

    Mike,just hire all your buddies take your 10% and get it over with!!!

  4. the bandid says:

    get ready of all the unions and there will be less problems with lazy bums that work for the city and state, if you go to a city or state agency all you see is all this females fixing they nails and chatting on the phones and all those non english speaking people with a stupid look in they faces doing nothing

  5. life is good says:

    “Bloomberg concluded that civil service examinations should not be required in the hiring of senior managers and IT specialists, saying the tests precluded the flexibility to hire the best people for the job.”

    This from the same Mayor who hired the IT specialists who stole $80 million from the “City Time” fiasco. The NYDN says the city may have blown $800 million on “City Time” thus far. Stick to job related civil service tests and avoid the nepotism that city hall wants to implement.

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