For those of you scoring at home, Wisconsin’s Civil Service laws need to be repealed because employees can’t be fired even when they do egregious things like maintain a sexual relationship on state time in state facilities. Well, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has had a number of stories about this (here’s the latest) and it seems that Governor Walker’s administration never tried to fire the offending parties…and under the existing civil service laws they certainly would have been able to…if they had…you know…tried. So first I have a problem with the lying…and of course making a thing out of something that they didn’t do but could have done. But that isn’t even my biggest gripe…so here it comes.
What is the most laughable thing is how the administration actually handled it…they put written reprimands in the personnel files…not particularly strong enough punishment considering…but! They later removed the reprimands at the request of the employees. So the governor’s administration couldn’t even stick with the wimpy punishment they meted out…UNINTIMIDATED by foot!
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review of the railroad commission case, however, found no evidence that the administration had discussed firing the two workers — they were given letters of reprimand that were softened at the employees’ immediate request and then removed from their personnel file in 2014, again at the employees’ request. State precedent makes clear the employees could have faced much harsher discipline, such as demotions and suspensions, though termination is less clear cut.
So through lies and deceit about an inability to perform an action that they didn’t take although they probably could have…the GOP decides to gut a perfectly good program that was the model for much of the nation…sigh