Timmins, William M.
March 1986
Public Administration Quarterly;Spring86, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p50
Academic Journal
This articles discusses the impacts of privatization on career public employees. When a public agency reduces contracts for public services to be provided by private workers, career public employees are usually laid off or, at best, positions vacated by normal attrition are not refilled as time goes on. Also, career plans disrupted by privatization must be addressed by proponents. Private firms have engaged in outplacement for years in an attempt to assist, typically, executives who are being let go. Typically under most civil service/merit systems, candidates seeking employment must compete openly for current vacancies, must rank high enough on civil service registers to be in the top three or top five or most qualified categories. A last point on this topic of relocation and reciprocity. The government agency should seek to include in the contracts with the private provider some contractual language on hiring at least some of the displaced public workers. Moreover, privatization replaces civil service rules and requirements with something considerably less in terms of employee and general public personnel protections. Nevertheless, civil service systems and merit systems at state and local levels have generally worked well and are still going through metamorphosis.


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