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CWA PRESIDENT MORTON BAHR ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING BUSH'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON AGENCY FEE PAYERS

 CWA PRESIDENT MORTON BAHR ISSUES STATEMENT
 REGARDING BUSH'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON AGENCY FEE PAYERS
 WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Morton Bahr, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), issued the following statement regarding President Bush's Executive Order on agency fee payers:
 We find it more than a little ironic that President Bush has issued such an unnecessary and intrusive Executive Order and has instructed his Department of Labor to issue regulations outside of their jurisdiction, when he has decided to delay enforcement of many other regulations that are far more important.
 One sure sign that this is a political maneuver is that Mr. Bush is trying to go outside of the normal channels for enforcing the law. The NLRB is the agency charged with enforcing the National Labor Relations Act, which is the statute under which the Beck case was decided.
 This action is unheard of: Mr. Bush has never issued an order requiring employers to inform workers of their right to organize unions, for example. We are not sure if Mr. Bush has the authority under the law to do what he has done, but if he wants to inform workers about their rights under the National Labor Relations Act, then he should require that all of those rights be posted. Such information ought to be comprehensive.
 The Communications Workers of America is obeying the Beck decision, which, interestingly enough, has had very little impact on our union, because we had a very active policy on these matters prior to that decision. We represent over 600,000 workers, and only about one quarter of 1 percent has ever asked for a dues rebate, although we have publicized this option for 10 years.
 We don't think for a minute that the Bush administration is genuinely concerned about workers' rights. Bush is simply trying to hobble labor unions with all sorts of unnecessary paperwork, for purely partisan objectives. It's just not right, and it is not fair to America's working people.
 CWA represents over 600,000 workers in telecommunications, printing, publishing, media, health care and the public sector in the United States and Canada.
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Miller or Gaye Williams Mack of the Communications Workers of America, 202-434-1172/ CO: Communications Workers of America ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: EXE


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