Civil service protection talks end

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee State Employees Association says it has ended discussions with Gov. Bill Haslam's administration about legislation that would eliminate most civil service protections for state workers.

Robert O'Connell, the group's executive director, said Tuesday in prepared statements that several weeks of discussions have ended because the "governor's people were unwilling to remove or compromise on the provisions most harmful to state employees."

Haslam's proposal would eliminate rules that allow bumping and retreating, which association officials say removes seniority as a prime protection for state employees when layoffs are deemed necessary.

The proposal would also strip the right of a person that's laid off to be called back to work if the economy improves.

The measure is scheduled to be heard this week in the House State and Local Government General Subcommittee.

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