NC employees' group balks at gov't worker changes

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Republican lawmakers are willing to help Gov. Pat McCrory change laws determining how state government employees are managed, hired and fired.

A House committee voted mostly along party-lines Wednesday for an overhaul of the State Personnel Act, which provides job protections and due process for nearly all state workers.

Bill sponsors seek to consolidate the employee grievance process for workers who feel they were wrongly fired, demoted or unfairly punished. The bill would also reduce the probationary period for employees from 24 months to 12 months.

The State Employees Association of North Carolina opposes the bill. Executive director Dana Cope says the group doesn't like several items, including one to eliminate a separate grievance process for someone who alleges an applicant got a job because of political considerations.

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