This column by the Sacramento Bee's Jon Ortiz asks this question, "Caltrans' recent decision to "unfire" an employee who admitted falsifying structural tests and let him retire may leave you wondering, How hard is it to fire a state worker?" Ortiz, whose column is quite sympathetic to public sector unions in general, then details the process. He makes it seem reasonable and reminds readers that the current process came about as a way to combat cronyism. Still, we all know that firing public sector employees ranges from cumbersome to nearly impossible. And most officials don't even bother trying. This LA Times series provided insight into the "tortuous" process of firing misbehaving teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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