- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit could add merit to seniority as a consideration for firefighter promotions, changing a decades-old formula for advancement in the department.

The Detroit News reports (https://bit.ly/1q16ZXf ) that city officials proposed the change during ongoing contract negotiations with the union representing about 1,200 firefighters. The union’s contract expired June 30.

The initiative is part of state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s efforts to modernize city work rules that he says have contributed to bureaucracy and inefficiency in city operations.

Supporters of the proposal say it would bring Detroit in line with other cities across the country, recognizing a broad base of criteria such as experience, education and work record. Those in favor of the current system say there’s no other way to learn how to lead than by doing the job.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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