Friday, September 28, 2007

Civil Service Commission rejects layoff rule change

Breaking on MIRS- we can't lay off the state employees.

The Michigan Civil Service Commission this morning on a two-to-two vote rejected a proposed rule change that would have allowed the state to layoff workers for 20 days during a five week period and short-circuit traditional layoff notice requirements.

Recall that State Personnel Director James FARRELL had prepared a memo dated Sept. 14 outlining the rule change that was designed to give the state more flexibility in dealing with a possible fiscal crisis should Oct. 1, the beginning of the fiscal year, come around without a budget resolution.  It was that proposed change that failed this morning before the Commission.

What does that mean? I have no idea. Maybe an appeal by the government. More lawsuits probably. Detroit News has the story now here.

In another development, the Michigan State Police command officers have voted to stay on the job, without pay if necessary.

Meanwhile, the Michigan State Police Command Officer's Association, which represents those holding the rank of lieutenant and higher, said its membership has voted to stay on the job --without pay -- if a partial closure of government services is ordered.

"Our mission and purpose is simple," Diane Garrison, the group's executive director said in a statement. "We are here to serve and protect the citizens of Michigan. We feel the laying off of trained and dedicated officers is not in the best interest of the safety of the citizens of this state and it runs contrary to the solemn oath these officers took when they became troopers."

Good people. Much applause and gratitude to you.