In The News › End policy that lets New Orleans laid-off workers “bump” other city employees: An editorial

Jun 4, 2011

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: City Government, Civil Service, Orleans Parish

End policy that lets New Orleans laid-off workers “bump” other city employees: An editorial

Saturday, June 4, 2011
By Editorial page staff
The Times-Picayune

It’s hard to fathom a policy as anachronistic and pernicious as the so-called “bump” rule in New Orleans’ City Hall — and the Landrieu administration is right in seeking to get rid of it.

The policy allows city employees whose jobs are being eliminated to claim the posts of other city workers with less seniority in similar positions, even if they are in other city departments. That can set off a disruptive chain reaction that not only affects public services but may also protect some inefficient workers simply because they have seniority.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking the Civil Service Commission to abolish the policy, and the commission should do so. After all, city employees should keep or lose their jobs based on performance, not on seniority.

The Landrieu administration is calling the policy “wasteful and inefficient.” Most New Orleanians, who work in the private sector, would also call it nonsensical. As the administration has said, the policy disrupts the flow of business in city departments, affecting customer service. It also forces the city to retrain bumped employees, “essentially requiring taxpayers to pay a second time to train someone” for a position.

It’s no wonder that the Bureau of Governmental Research, which has long advocated for eliminating this policy, has called it “an incredibly messy process that wreaks havoc with the work force.” A consultant this year also cited the policy as a reason why City Hall is dysfunctional.

The administration said that if the commission does not fully eliminate the policy, it should at least restrict bumping to employees within the same “organizational unit,” defined as a department, agency or commission.

But even that amended policy has no place in any efficient entity. That’s why the Civil Service Commission needs to bump the “bump” policy.

Jun 4, 2011

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: City Government, Civil Service, Orleans Parish

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