Report and Recommendations from Mayor re: Civil Service
The Mayor also has plans for older workers who might be laid off, not by seniority, but at the will of management. This is the current practice for non-competitive titles at the Health and Hospitals Corporation. Twenty-year veterans are being laid off and newcomers are retained because the newer employees’ salaries are lower and therefore they cost less.
It appears that the mayor wants to destroy Civil Service as it now exists and replace it with a system more open to corruption (CityTime anyone?) As many others have pointed out, the reason so many people want to work for NYC is the job security and benefits that come with the job. If the Mayor gets his way, those incentives will be gone.
As you might expect, the members of the Municipal Labor Committee did not respond favorably to the Mayor's proposals, and they will oppose the proposals publicly, legally and politically.