City adopts streamlined Civil Service
Labor Council executive director Tim Paulson
pleased with applicant and worker checks and balances.
February 11, 2006
City workers may be hired more quickly under a compromise
change in Civil Service rules adopted Friday by the San Francisco
Civil Service Commission.
Proposed by Mayor Newsom, streamlined hiring process
was approved to stem applicant loss due to hiring waits of up
to a year.
Labor and city administration officials last night
hailed the measure after revision of eligibility and certification
rules gave applicants and workers "more checks and balances."
Tim Paulson, executive director of the San Francisco
Labor Council, said he is hopeful the newly revamped process will
protect worker rights.
"I think Local 790 is pleased it has a few
more checks and balances that they had proposed and I think commissioners
addressed that," Paulson told the Sentinel.
"That fact that the commission agreed to review
the process as implemented within six months is a hopeful sign,"
added Paulson. The commission directed that a review and report
be undertaken every six months.
That compromise keeps the goal of speedier hiring intact, reported
Phil Ginsburg, director of the San Francisco Human Resources Department.
In the past some applicants took other jobs during the lengthy
City hiring process.
Compromise keeps integrity of City goal for quicker hiring intact,
said Human Resources director Phil Ginsburg.
"There were two outstanding issues and we were able to work
through them, and in a way that protects the integrity of the
rules," Ginsburg stated.
"It's much more efficient.
"We're going to be able to hire really talented people who
don't want to wait around between six and twelve months to work
their way through our system.
"I think it will help us address some of the succession
planning - you know we're going to have a lot of vacancies in
the next few years.
Mayor Newsom expressed appreciation to the commission.
"My reaction to tonight's vote is very positive and appreciative,"
Newsom told the Sentinel.
"It really is going to help the City...in just allowing
the reduction of provisional employees, to have more permanent
staff, to not have to hire someone twice after they've been a
provisional (employee) then making them full-time."
"I'm here to...work together. I don't want to put us in
a situation where it's management versus labor.
"That's an old construct - it's stale, it's outmoded and
I'm looking at partnerships.
"It was a good day."
San Francisco Civil Service Commission President Linda Richardson.
Commission Vice President Thomas Ng.
Commissioner Alicia Becerril.
Commissioner Donald Casper.
Civil Service Commission executive officer Kate Favetti.