KSU classified workers vote to leave civil service

By Bryan Richardson

Classified employees at K-State voted to leave the state civil service system.

In a 770 to 432 vote, classified employees chose to be employed directly by K-State as university support staff.

Around 7.5 percent of the K-State’s approximately 16,000 classified employees voted Tuesday through Friday.

This change provides an opportunity for the university to increases salaries. The state controls the salaries of all civil service workers.

K-State president Kirk Schulz thanked the Alternative Service Committee in a statement.

The committee, made up of classified employees, had introduced the proposal, which all the classified employees approved.

“I also would like to thank those who participated in the discussion process about this important issue,” Schulz said. “I look forward to working together to meet faculty and staff needs as we continue to make K-State a great place to work.”

The local American Federation of Teachers union that represents K-State classified employees opposed the move as well as the electronic voting process conducted by K-State’s Office of Planning and Analysis.

Union president Bill Glover said there were “too many red flags” with the voting process.

He didn’t allege any wrongdoing, but said that the union preferred a neutral third party to collect and count the votes.

The decision will be presented to the Kansas Board of Regents for approval. If accepted, the change will take effect July 1.

Glover said he would call the state union this week to see how to proceed.

“We may need to think about a visit to the Regents to let them know about our concerns,” he said.

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