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Minutes: March 11, 2004

See also: March 16, 2004: PDQs and Classification etc.

 

Laura Wright introduced speakers:  Jacci McKenna, Director of Employment Services and Duncan Rinehart, Communications & Outreach Coordinator.

They were invited to discuss two Colorado legislative initiatives: Civil Service Reform and "Opt-out" which is part of Colorado's Civil Service Reform. Shortly after the meeting the "Opt-out" bill (House Bill 04-1011) was killed but some of the concepts may still be relevant.

The speakers distributed 3 handouts.  These are available from LSA officers:  

1.  An outline of highlights of these initiatives, (much of which these notes are based on);

2.  An article:  "Civil Service Reform Legislation Introduced" by Senator Norma Anderson and Rep. Rosemary Marshall from Stateline Feb. 2004; and,

3.  Copies of the Opt out Webpage, with a letter from President Elizabeth Hoffman and a list of the Opt-out task force members which can be found at:

http://www.cu.edu/opt-out/index.html and

http://www.cu.edu/opt-out/members.html

Note that even though the current opt-out bill is dead, the Opt out Task Force is still active and will hold their meetings to gather input because it is expected that this initiative will be proposed again.

Locally these forums will be held at:

Wed. March 17, 2:30-4:30 in the Old Main Chapel

Thurs. March 18 10:00-noon at the Boulder Computing Ctr. (3645 Marine St., rm. 123)

Thurs. March 18, 1:00-3:00, Rec Center rooms 3 & 4

If you attend with comments, you are also requested to provide a written summary to your representative in paper or via e-mail. If you are not able to attend, you may still send comments via e-mail (see URL above for names of task force members).  

Presentation:

Colorado's Civil Service system employs over 31,000 employees, roughly 31% of whom are in higher education.

 

In March of 2003, Governor Bill Owens established the Commission on Civil Service Reform to "recommend reforms to better serve the needs of state government, public employees, and taxpayers." In the fall of 2003 the Commission issued its report. The State is now moving to implement the recommendations of the Commission with some tweaking. Most of the changes are addressed in House Bill 04-1373.  (this legislation is still active!).  The recommendation for allowing Higher Education to "opt-out" was handled separately by House Bill 04-1011--and has been killed (for this year). Both bills can be found at http://www.leg.state.co.us/

 

(NOTE:  THE LEGISLATION BELOW MAY HAVE CHANGED SINCE THIS PRESENTATION AND MAY STILL CHANGE, SO BE SURE TO REFER TO CURRENT INFORMATION)
 
Civil Service Reform (selected highlights):

  • Changing the "rule of three" and the current selection system.
    (Section 9; page 24) to perhaps a rule of 6.

  • Changing residency requirements to allow more flexibility.
    (Section 9; page 24).(Residency would still be required unless "impractical" or if it interfered with work being done.)

  • Clarifying and limiting the use of "exempt positions."
    (Section 16; page 33) [note: Higher education is exempt from this section.]

  • Relaxing the restrictions on the use of temporary appointments from 6 to 9 months.
    (Section 10; page 26).

  • Limit "bumping" and change retention rights of State classified employees.
    (Section 13; page 28)(proposed to effect only future employees)

  • Strengthening the disciplinary process.
    (Section 14; page 29)

  • Revising state contracting requirements to allow greater flexibility.
    (Sections 32-41; pages 45-55) [note: "adverse impacts" on classified employees are addressed on page 50.]

The Civil Service Reform, because it changes State Constitution provisions would need to be passed by 2/3 of the legislature as well as win a majority during a state General Election.

AGAIN, MUCH OF THE ABOVE IS BASED ON INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF 3/11/04 AND THIS LEGISLATION COULD CHANGE RAPIDLY.

 

"Opt-out" was then discussed and  questions were asked, but many of these questions could not be answered because the proposal is at such a preliminary stage.  Since this legislation is dead, notes about this are not included in this email or on the webpage for reasons of length.

 

Carl Stewart
Library Staff Association, Secretary