CWA protests rule change set to be heard by Civil Service Commission

TRENTON – A state union representing tens of thousands of New Jersey workers is decrying a proposed rule change set to be heard today before the Civil Service Commission.

The Communications Workers of America, which represents more than 40,000 state workers, is accusing the Gov. Chris Christie administration of pushing through a proposed rule change that they say would drastically alter civil service in New Jersey.

According to the CWA, the proposal would get rid of most competitive promotions and could open the door to patronage and discrimination.

“The Civil Service Commission scheduled a single, rubber-stamp public hearing as if it’s one of the governor’s town hall meetings – holding it in the middle of the week during working hours, making it virtually impossible for those affected or who may be opposed to have their voices heard,” said Hetty Rosenstein, CWA NJ State Director, in a statement.

“They’ll simply put up a stenographer to record testimony and then jam through whatever they wanted to do in the first place – public good be damned,” Rosenstein said. “Over the past thirty years, I’ve been through dozens of rule change hearings, yet this is the first time I can recall that Civil Service did not accommodate a request for more public hearings.”

The CWA is calling on the administration to hold additional public hearings on the proposal. They have also started a petition calling for additional public hearings.

The commission is set to hear from the public today at 3 p.m. in Trenton.

CWA protests rule change set to be heard by Civil Service Commission