The Tennessee State Employees Association lashed out at the governor
today, claiming he's threatening mass layoffs
to force the legislature to weaken civil service laws. "TSEA is the only voice for state employees and our voices will echo across Tennessee if state employee protections are tampered with," said Jim Tucker, Executive Director TSEA.
Bredesen says he is trying to work with TSEA, but he will not share his
plans and holds press conferences without informing or inviting the
Association. The Governor's threats in an attempt to gain power have
made the Board of Directors for TSEA even more resolved to protect
state employee's rights. TSEA will hold firm to the notion that layoffs
are not a correct course of action and that many other options are
available to the Governor and the General Assembly to effectively
balance the budget.
"We have balanced the state's budget through
difficult times in our past and under numerous administrations and
never before has a governor requested such power to accomplish the
task. It is unnecessary control that will have repercussions for
generations to come," said Tucker.