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Houston Breakthrough 1980-04 - Page 6. April 1980. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4490/show/4469.

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(April 1980). Houston Breakthrough 1980-04 - Page 6. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4490/show/4469

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1980-04
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date April 1980
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • periodicals
Language English
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Digital Collection Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters
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Transcript Fashion Fantastic at 5350 Westheimer 62 9-9990 Houston ^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^ A unique haircutting shop. Beads and braids, perms, color, henna, Jhirmack products. Environment like the tropics—in the oldest building in the Village (1920s) above Peterson's Pharmacy. The most beautiful shop ever to be seen, only because we really care. Interestingly, it was a well-placed employee in the civil service department who "grabbed" a newly-created vacancy as assistant director in Marvel's traffic and transportation department (effective April 1). Another zero department for women administrators is the real estate department. Last year, Gus Kanakas, who has been with the city for 30 years, was named director. He says he does not have "a big turnover. My biggest turnover is in clerical personnel." Kanakas will have a vacancy as a right-of-way agent and "a lady who has some extensive real estate background is going to apply. Now, the other side of the coin is that this is an outside employee." He explained a curious civil service policy. "When that examination is given by the civil service department, those people who are working for the city will come in one, two and three. Now, she could make a 100 on her examination, but if the city employees pass, anywhere from 70 to 100, I'm obligated under the civil service rules to hire one of three city employees. She comes in fourth, even if they get a 70, 75 and an 80, and she makes a perfect score. Many people are not aware of this, but that is civil service regulations." "In all my years on the commission, I never heard that given as a reason for why they (the city) can't find women," said Madeleine Appel, former chair of the city's Affirmative Action Advisory Commission and former president of the League of Women Voters. "Apparently, it is policy that civil service has been following, but I never saw it written anywhere. It's not in the Civil Service Code," said Waghalter. She was told by someone in civil service that the policy is followed because they want "to promote from within." There's another "catch" to the policy which makes it almost impossible for women to get hired, Waghalter discovered. "They even do this (top three) by department. People applying for a job in a certain department are placed above the list, above all other city employees. So, in a department where they are all male, if someone in that department applies for an opening, there's no way to even compete with it." What Tinsley and Waghalter are discovering, however, is that testing is a rather arbitrary thing done "at the discretion of the civil service director." He can apparently make appointments in positions where he deems it "an emergency" placement. "There are a lot of vague areas there that we plan to look into," said Waghalter. Van Hightower says her impression from working in the affirmative action office is that "the city wants the civil service department to be very weak so that it can use a lot of influence in that position. What you have in the city is a 'word of mouth' recruitment system. The good jobs are simply not advertised. The friends go in and apply." She feels that who gets the jobs, who gets the promotions, is directly related to who can bring in votes, and who has something to trade. "Women in Houston, at least with the present leadership, are not perceived as a group that really has a lot to trade. We get the short end of the stick." Almost three years ago, a study by the Affirmative Action Advisory Commission, chaired by Appel, recommended that the mayor reprimand and even fire heads of departments who continually fail to start or keep up with affirmative action goals and policies. This has not happened. Tins- ley says the Affirmative Action Division has "no enforcement powers." The commission called for centralized recruiting and personnel services that would give a fair chance at employment CITY OF HOUSTON New Employees Bi-weekly earnings (since January 1,1977 j $878 f"$8" I© (271 Officials and Administrators $647 I $559 Professionals $562 k$464 Skilled $581 I $426 Technicians *433 S423 **"*! Protective services (Police and fireman excluded) $430 $370 Services and Maintenance S348 _ $341 Clerical $366 W.S325 Para-Professionals ] Males Females (~J Total hired HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH