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Workers have right to speak

The recent changes to the civil service system are all about intimidation and oppression. Act 10 removed our right to have a collective voice in the workplace. The changes to the civil service system suppress the individual's voice. The rules are...

The recent changes to the civil service system are all about intimidation and oppression. Act 10 removed our right to have a collective voice in the workplace. The changes to the civil service system suppress the individual's voice. The rules are intentionally vague to allow personal preference and prejudice to affect employment decisions.

The states work rules are intentionally vague and wide open for an individual's interpretation based on personal bias. The term "disobedient" jumps out. Are we third graders on the playground rather than experienced public servants with decades of service? If we question a decision by management, is that disobedience? "Appearing intoxicated" is grounds for discipline? Not "being intoxicated; just "appearing" intoxicated. After your third 16 hour shift in a row you will "appear intoxicated" due to lack of sleep. Are we to be disciplined for being forced to work long shifts on little sleep? "Inflicting mental anguish on another person." What does that mean? If I fail to offer a piece of pizza to a hungry co-worker, am I guilty of causing them "mental anguish?" What about suspending someone for an extended period of time with no explanation? Would that qualify as "mental anguish?" Or do these rules not apply to management? These changes are vague for a reason. They are part of an agenda designed to restrict freedom of speech and expression. I don't advocate arguing with management over every little thing, but we have all seen policy decisions that we know will have negative consequences and should have the right to speak out. Extending the probationary period is designed to force silence and obedience. These changes are designed to make termination easier at a time when we are desperately short handed already. There is a grievance procedure in place for employees to address discipline issues, but it is deliberately complex, drawn out, and the deck is stacked against the employee. I have personally waited over 14 months for resolution of one grievance I filed.

The new rules will make the worksite a much more adversarial environment as management is now free to intimidate and harass at will. I would not be a bit surprised to see those of us who signed the recall against Walker fail to be promoted while being disciplined more often. The GOP thugs in Madison have endorsed suppression over service to the people they supposedly represent.

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