K-State Workers Overwhelmingly Reject Civil Service System

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- More than 1,500 workers at Kansas State University will soon no longer be part of the state's civil service system. Instead, the school said, they will be directly employed by K-State as university support staff.

The switch comes following a vote by the staff. Nearly 1,600 ballots were distributed to the workers who were part of the civil service system, but who do not serve at the pleasure of their superiors -- the so-called classified employees.

More than 1,200 people voted. The change passed overwhelmingly, 770 to 432.

The process now moves to the Kansas Board of Regents, the university explained. If they accept the proposal, the change will occur at the beginning of July, with the start of the new fiscal year.

According to K-State, the move was suggested by the Alternative Service Committee, a group of affected employees. The new designations will make the employees eligible for pay raises and salary ranges that were previously controlled by the state classification system.

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