NJLM's Position

Why should municipalities be able to leave once they have opted-in?

Civil Service law was admirable and necessary for its time. But in today’s climate, with the evolution of labor laws, the personnel requirements imposed under the system increase local personnel costs and make it difficult to manage a workforce to meet the current needs of the community. By opting out, some municipalities could improve the quality of services provided while lowering associated costs, and with greater direct control over work rules, employee hiring criteria, promotion standards, and associated authorities outside of Civil Service while still providing employees with appropriate protections envisioned when civil service was initially created.

Why is reform needed?

The first municipalities joined Civil Service in 1910, long before the current labor protections, such as ADA, were in effect for employees. 94% of municipalities in the system joined between 1910-1969. Only 6% have joined in the last six decades. It is unrealistic to think that a decision made should be binding forever - whether it was made 2 years or 112 years ago.

How would reform effect those currently in the system?

Passing legislation to permit municipalities to opt-out of Civil Service would not affect the union protections afforded municipal employees.