May 01, 2014

NAGE Amendment Succeeds in Striking Harmful Language in Bill

Congratulations and thank you to our members for helping strike Section 86 from the House budget bill. Because of your calls, and because of the persistence of your local presidents, executive boards, and NAGE legislative leaders Ray McGrath and Jim Redmond, the language that would have adversely affected more than 200 hardworking Trial Court members has been struck from the budget.

House Speaker DeLeo intervened in the repeal effort at the request of NAGE and personally praised our members and leadership for their efforts in protecting the livelihoods of Trial Court employees. In a conversation with a NAGE representative, he noted that without the work of NAGE, the language adversely affecting so many members would not have been struck from the bill.
Section 86 of the House budget bill  would have prohibited the Trial Court from using any funding to pay for security and probation officers who were hired or promoted on a provisional basis.

These new hires and promotions—affecting more than 200 members—were made with the provision that they pass an exam administered by the Trial Court. Section 86  would effectively stripped these new hires of their jobs and demoted those who had been promoted. 
NAGE filed amendment 520 to strike Section 86 in its entirety, which it succeeded in doing.

We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few; but we can't have both. - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
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