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Group urges change in Orleans civil service

Thursday, June 30, 2011
By The Associated Press

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has picked up support from a government watchdog agency for a proposed change in a civil service rule.

At issue is the policy called “bumping” in which a New Orleans city employee whose job is eliminated is allowed to claim the job of another worker with less seniority in a similar post anywhere in city government.

The nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans this week said the practice can set of a chain-reaction of job changes that cause qualified workers to be replaced with less-qualified people from other departments. The BGR backs the idea of limiting bumping, although it has suggested some changes to the Landrieu administration’s proposed rule revisions.

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