Press Release 9-28-2015

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wisconsin State Employee Council Says Changes to Civil Service Rules are not needed

Madison, Wisconsin. September 28, 2015 – The recent Republican proposal to reform Wisconsin’s Civil Service rules is another case of attempting to fix something that isn’t broken.

The Civil Service System was created to counteract the influence of politicians on state jobs. Allowing politicians to appoint public employees promotes cronyism. The likelihood of getting the best employees in state service jobs is also reduced.

These proposed changes will make state jobs less attractive as a viable career choice for the best qualified candidates. The inability to find the best and brightest candidates is a direct result of vilifying public employees and erosion of compensation and employee security.

As a result of these proposed changes, employee turnover will increase and service quality and accountability will suffer.

This proposal to change civil service rules is disheartening at best and disastrous at worst.

We ask that Wisconsin citizens that value good government contact their legislators to let them know that these changes are NOT in the public interest. You can find contact information for your legislators at: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/ .

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Wisconsin State Employee Council is a council of State Employees affiliated with the Wisconsin Federation of Teachers consisting of the following locals – Wisconsin Science Professionals, Wisconsin Professionals Employees Council, Professional Employees in Research, Statistics and Analysis, Wisconsin State Public Defenders Association.