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Vote YES / FOR City of Austin Propositions 10 and 11

by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 00:00 PM CDT

Propositions 10 and 11 will bring added fairness to City employees who are not already covered by state civil service statutes through the creation of a Civil Service Commission that will oversee employment and compensation practices at the City of Austin.

Essentially, these propositions will create a "just cause" system that will provide worker protections in the hiring, firing, and discipline processes at the City of Austin. Our current "at-will" system basically means that City employees can be fired by management without justification or review. This proposition will create a review process through which employees can dispute the process.

Proposition 10 provides labor protections for most city employees who are not already covered by the state civil service statute. Proposition 11 provides a civil service personnel law for EMS employees. This must be done separately, hence two props.

Our hardworking public employees -- especially those who bring the ambulance when you call 911 -- deserve fair labor practices. We urge a vote YES vote on City of Austin Proposition 10 and a vote FOR Proposition 11.

Early Voting: Monday October 22 - Friday November 2 --- Election Day: Tuesday, November 6

Click here for a map of Travis County Early Voting Locations. For all other counties, please contact your County Clerk's office.

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