Archive for Friday, September 16, 2011

About 300 SRS workers taking buyout offers

September 16, 2011


— About 300 employees have accepted a buyout offer from the state's Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki says the state has extended the voluntary retirement package until Oct. 14.

About 4,000 state employees are eligible for the buyout, including 1,200 who work for the SRS.

The Hutchinson News reports that Siedlecki says the SRS employees who are leaving are a mix of supervisory and rank-and-file workers.

He said his goal is to have about 25 percent of the eligible employees take the buyout.

Siedlecki also said some of the positions being vacated will be filled, with top priority given to the five state hospitals.


thebigspoon 6 years, 8 months ago

Interesting. BrownbackSiedlecki want to cut 1000 jobs to save the state money, then hire more people to staff the five state hospitals. Now, I'm no genius, but, given that the retirees will be given money to leave the state's employ, the savings seem quite slight, if at all, as the professionals hired to staff the hospitals likely will be paid at a higher salary scale than those who left. Now, in my sight, I see little, if any, savings, especially when seen in the light of the loss of services to those who have to depend on such services. Where is the logic in this? The answer, it seems to me, is that logic, passion, and concern are not parts of the current administration's plan for making Kansas a great place to live, but a great place to be, or be employed by, the Kochs or be one of Brownback's hand-picked, out-of-state cadre of cronies and brownnoses, including, in my estimation, the majority of the legislature. Does anyone have the guts to call these bluffs? Perhaps those of us who believe in Kansas, and not Browmback's version, but the real state, need to get it together and make sure we take this state back from the neo-conservative, neo-Christian self-servers who have taken over. If you've read the news closely lately, you've seen incidents of Republican abhorence of Brownbackian events and there is much room to drive wedges between him and his erstwhile supporters. But we have to unite, and soon, because the longer this idiocy continues the harder it will be to fix the state.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Your posting reminds me of something a friend used to say quite often, and he thought it made sense. I never understood what it meant, other than he was nuts. But now that I've read your posting, this seems to make more sense:

"Perception is reality."

Alceste 6 years, 8 months ago

Bluntly, "Perception is Reality" IS the "mantra" within the Topeka Area Office of SRS and the entire NE Region of SRS. No lie.

The Lawrence SRS office is being carefully monitored by one Michael Myers who is the "leader" of Strategic Operations. He and his boss lady, Phyllis Gilmore (who is double dipping.....the hack politco ex Republican Kanasas legislator from JoCo....she retired from the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board....draws a full KPERS benefit....was sitting at home watching Jerry Springer when Brownback's office hailed her back into gubment service; not due to her intelligence, but due to being a faithful Republican who will do what she is told....) goose step to SRS Central Office in Topeka. It's the truth.

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

See, but if he gives them retirement buyouts, he gets a threefer. He can trim down the workforce that actually helps people, politicize new hires by hiring more buddies from Florida, and "prove" that we can't afford to continue KPERS by stacking it with a bunch of early retirees. Pure genius. Plus he can claim that he did this in the name of "budget cutting."

Alceste 6 years, 8 months ago

Methinks not, autie. Remember, Brownback was sent to the U.S. Senate by the simpletons of this state.....TWICE. He would have been re-elected too....but believed that running Kansas is a more better way to "experiment" so he can point to his "successes" and ascend to his rightful place in the White House......I kid you not....

So, he's gonna run this place for 8 years....shrug

pace 6 years, 8 months ago

I think the name Brownback will be used as a verb, meaning to destroy infrastructure for short term cash and long term costs. Used when a bridge collapses due to lack of maintenance. one will say , it was brownbacked.

thebigspoon 6 years, 8 months ago

Great post! I will now be able to tell my children that the state was in pretty good shape, all things considered, until it was brownbacked. I love it! There is no better word to express the direction in which we are headed. Thanks!

Grump 6 years, 8 months ago

I'll bet they were SRS employees who didn't like attending the daily devotional meetings held in SRS' main office in Topeka.

Where's the ACLU when you need them?

KS 6 years, 8 months ago

It's about time that SRS is downsized! There has to be a lot of fat in there. The whole state government can be downsized as far as I am concerned. Trim the fat.

Mel Wedermyer 6 years, 8 months ago

From the Topeka Capital Journal on Aug 2, 2011: "Under the plan, participants could opt for a one-time $6,500 payment. The other option calls for the state to pay the employer's share of health insurance for 60 months for those on the individual plan or for 42 months for those in the member-plus-dependents plan — or until the retiring employee reaches 65." Not much but better than being let go, with nothing.

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

If I were an SRS employee with 85 points, I'd totally take early retirement with health benefits paid until I reached 65. That's much better than getting axed and forced into early retirement anyway, and it gives you room to try your hand at starting a business or moving to a state that gives a damn about jobs.

rukidingme 6 years, 8 months ago

What he forgetting to tell in the article is there will be a three year hiring freeze on each spot that takes the early retirment buy out.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Most of these position will not be filled. However quality of service will suffer. The money that will not be saved will go to corporate america as bribe money,corp welfare,spent recklessly etc etc etc etc etc. Of course some of this bribe money will come back to Brownback in the form of political campaign dough.

Shouldn't wealthy corporations be standing on their own instead of bumming off the government like tax dollar moochers?

Shouldn't the Brownback admin stop their corrupt practices of supporting the tax dollar moochers that they seek out?

Is such deceit supported by God,Mary and Jesus?

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