Skip to comments.Hadley (MA) man pushes bill requiring Massachusetts to list all state government job postings online
Posted on 05/23/2014 2:17:19 PM PDT by matt04
A Hadley man is hoping this will finally be the year lawmakers require the state to post all government jobs in a statewide employment database.
"Something's wrong when qualified people aren't applying for jobs paid for by the taxpayers because they don't know about them," said Thomas McGee, a retired adjunct professor at Bay Path College.
McGee is the driving force behind House Bill 1762 and its companion Senate Bill 889. McGee first filed the bills, through his senator and representative, in 1995, after he was dismayed to discover that the state did not list all government jobs at state unemployment offices. He has pushed to reintroduce the bill every two years. While it has never made it into law, McGee has some legislative support. He hopes that the current trial of top officials at the Massachusetts Probation Department, in which the former commissioner and his deputies are accused of hiring people based on political connections instead of merit, will spur lawmakers to finally pass the bill into law.
"You'd be able to find out about the job, then go and apply to the job, so the state would have qualified candidates rather than relatives of state representatives and state senators who are getting jobs at the Probation Department," McGee said.
The bill requires every public agency and institution to transmit all job postings, with a few exceptions, to the state's human resources division. The human resources division must then immediately put the postings in a statewide employment computerized referral system. No position could be filled without first being posted.
The bills are sponsored by Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat, at McGee's request, and Rep. John Scibak, a South Hadley Democrat.
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In the private sector, sometimes jobs are posted, but aren’t really available—they’ve been advertised internally, and it’s hard to be seriously considered for them from outside. The situation will be far worse in the public sector, so I wouldn’t look for a major improvement from this bill. Still, it sounds good—better than the alternative that exists now, where many of the jobs are unadvertised and issued on the basis of connections.
“Some state agencies are going be very unhappy they can’t just hire their political friends and have to actually seek out qualified people.”
No, now it might require a small bit of creativity to hide it, that’s all.
ALL federal jobs are posted online
They probably check your voter registration to make sure you are a Democrat these days before hiring you
Mass jobs are not federal
just sayin..we already have a precedent of rFed jobs being online.
actually even if the jobs ar e posted online, there are always politcs that can get around that.ha
I can’t believe this didn’t happen long ago. The favoritism in MA state jobs has been out of control for decades.
I’d say that 20% of the professional jobs posted are this type of window-dressing.
Also, jobs to be given to H-1B holders MUST be publicly posted for legal reasons. But, don’t worry, you will NOT be hired. The fix is in on those. I will admit, that I DID work for an HONEST company in this area 20 years ago, where we made a “double-blind” effort to find a qualified candidate for something. Try as we did, the H-1B guy really was the best we could come up with.
That’s what the State of California does when they know who they are going to hire.
No, Hedley /obscure