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RIGHT TO WORK COMMITTEE OPPOSES REHIRING ILLEGAL PATCO STRIKERS

 Larson Says Rescinding Ban Would `Set a Terrible Precedent'
 for Public Sector Strikes
 SPRINGFIELD, Va., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Right to Work Committee issued the following:
 The Clinton administration is on the verge of rehiring air traffic controllers fired in 1981 for striking illegally against the public and taxpayers, according to the New York Times, the Daily Labor Report and other news services.
 The National Right to Work Committee today reiterated its opposition to the move, calling on President Clinton not to reward union officials for illegal activity.
 Reed Larson, president of the 1.7 million-member National Right to Work Committee, wrote President Clinton today and stated: "Rehiring union militants who were fired for striking against taxpayers and innocent airline passengers would not only set a terrible precedent. It would also give law-breaking union officials greater leverage over conscientious workers and invite more strikes," in a letter released today.
 Transportation Secretary Federico Pena announced April 6 that he was considering lifting the ban on PATCO militants. The Clinton administration has been mulling over the decision since January and appeared ready to issue the order in February, but for some reason backed off, perhaps fearing potential public opposition.
 "If you (President Clinton) rescind this ban, federal workers who refuse to obey government union-boss strike orders will face vindictive union bosses as their `representatives' in arbitration hearings and grievance procedures. The union barons will make the federal work force afraid not to strike," warned Larson.
 The National Right to Work Committee is a non-profit, 1.7 million- member organization devoted solely to opposing compulsory unionism.
 The text of Larson's letter to President Clinton follows:
 On behalf of the 1.7 million members of the National Right to Work Committee, I am writing to urge you to reconsider your reported intention to order the Federal Aviation Administration to rehire air traffic controllers who participated in the illegal 1981 PATCO strike.
 I was concerned by Transportation Secretary Federico Pena's announcement that your administration was considering rescission of this executive action to enforce federal labor law.
 And now, a rash of news reports indicate that this action may be forthcoming soon.
 Mr. President, in lifting the current restriction on rehiring PATCO strikers you will be encouraging the lawlessness of government union kingpins. And, as I informed you in my last letter of February 17, you will sanction them to order more illegal strikes.
 This payoff, along with your support for every piece of forced- unionism legislation currently before Congress would be more proof that you will do virtually anything desired by union officialdom.
 After all, federal law currently gives union officials coercive power over federal employees. Rehiring union militants who were fired for striking against taxpayers and innocent airline passengers would not only set a terrible precedent. It would also give law-breaking union officials greater leverage over conscientious workers and invite more strikes.
 Of course, what government union officials want is for you and Congress to give them the power to force federal workers to pay union dues. If they can launch illegal strikes with impunity, they'll have the leverage to get that compulsory power over federal workers.
 The executive orders that you have already issued as president have thrown a cloak of secrecy over the millions in forced union dues that union bosses pump into politics and given those union bosses license to continue to illegally divert these funds into your reelection campaign.
 Will you now give lawbreaking union militants a free pass to launch debilitating strikes against the taxpayer?
 Look at what has happened to states whose elected officials have caved in to illegal government strikes. Citizens face skyrocketing taxes, cuts in vital government services, along with social and economic turmoil.
 Government union czars would exploit this failure of nerve to shut down critical government services like VA hospitals, air traffic control towers and the Social Security Administration, sure in the knowledge that they could later obtain amnesty from you.
 Meanwhile, conscientious government workers would be caught in the crossfire. There will be chaos in control towers across the land.
 Federal workers would be faced with a no-win situation: break the law or continue to serve the public and risk bitter retribution by vindictive government union organizers.
 If you rescind this ban, federal workers who refuse to obey government union boss strike orders will face vindictive union bosses as their "representatives" in arbitration hearings and grievance procedures. With the their power over the federal workplace, the union barons will make the federal work force afraid not to strike.
 President Clinton, don't present government workers with this devil's choice.
 Now is the time to return to federal workers the choice to decide whether or not to accept the union "representation" and deny union officials the leverage they used to engineer the PATCO walkout. Otherwise American taxpayers had better get used to paying even more taxes while union officials cripple vital government services.
 I urge you not to side with union bosses who used all their power to illegally strike against the citizens of the United States in 1981. Instead, please back those faithful federal employees who had the courage to continue to safeguard the public airspace.
 -0- 5/27/93
 /CONTACT: Martin Fox, director of public affairs, National Right to Work Committee, 800-325-7892 or 703-321-9820/


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