“Positive Momentum” For “At Will Workers”

Interesting note from the Ada Commishes on the “at will employee” ordinance they rushed through on December 27.

The commishes ordered a policy handbook be developed. Well, in the past two months the Human Resources Staff has the book “99.9% complete,” according to a county press release.

The HR folks are now laying down the rules to the little people who now pretty much work at the pleasure of their boss PERIOD.

We find some of the most creative writing in government press releases–like roving ambulances that don’t move, but park near high call areas. Here is the gem of the week for the story about worker bees getting news about mites in the hive:

“In an effort to preserve the POSITIVE MOMENTUM generated by this employee involvement process, the Board has instructed its HR staff to continue to work with employees to develop an Ada County Procedures Guide that will accompany the Employee/Manager Handbook.”

Which means they will prolong the misery for another three months until June 1.

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  1. The commissioners quietly passed the at-will implementation date revision this past Tuesday but they didn’t put out the news release announcing the change until Thursday. (I should say Commissioners Tilman and Yzaguirre passed the change – Commissioner Woods was MIA.)

    Do you suppose the trio has gotten so much negative feedback they are getting cold feet?! Or am I dreaming to think that common sense, logic, and the bottom line would actually win out over their desire to exhibit dominance over the County’s employees?

  2. Rumor has it that the POSITIVE MOMENTUM is toward the door — and into other jobs, or at least job searches.

    Yep, it’s just rumor, but I’m betting the Guardian knows how to check it out — or, if he doesn’t have the time or inclination, some of his faithful correspondents to the blog will be able to feed in some factual info.


  3. The At-will employee policy of the Ada county commissioners has a stink to it and is an insult not only to the county’s employees but to the people of Ada county. I urge every ada citizen to call, write,e-mail all the commissioners and let them know how unhappy you are with this new personnel policy and with them.

    Let them know you will be remembering their high-handed tactics in the voting booth.

    As for county employees I recommend to all talk to a lawyer ( a class-action suit)specializing in labor relations or ask for assistance from the federal government. They can fire you but you can sue them.

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