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WORKERS VICTIMS OF POLITICAL HYPOCRISY, ACCORDING TO UNION GROUP

WORKERS VICTIMS OF POLITICAL HYPOCRISY, ACCORDING TO UNION GROUP
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The AFL-CIO issued the following:
 The Bush-Quayle administration is using heavy-handed tactics to stifle worker sentiment for Democratic presidential candidate Gov. Bill Clinton even while its political appointees are actively campaigning for their boss.
 The administration's political activity in some cases may violate the Hatch Act, which protects workers from unwanted political solicitation and gives them the right to display their political preferences.
 The latest case occurred at the Norfolk, Va., Naval Shipyard, where Pentagon officials ordered the removal of a poster announcing the endorsement of Clinton by the International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees. While the Pentagon admits the posting is protected by the Hatch Act, it claims its own agency rules prohibiting such displays supersedes the law.
 The union has filed unfair labor practice charges with the Federal Labor Relations Administration, but that agency recently rebuffed a similar complaint by the American Federation of Government Employees, whose endorsement of Clinton was removed from union bulletin boards in 51 Social Security Administration Offices in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, N.Y.
 Alan Swendiman, appointed by President Bush as the general counsel of the FLRA, advised the Boston Regional Director Edward Davidson to dismiss the union's unfair labor practice charge and refused to enforce the 1986 arbitration award prohibiting SSA from removing information from union bulletin boards.
 Meanwhile, AFGE members were solicited at their worksite to attend a $100 fund-raiser at which Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp would be speaking for Paul Cronin, a candidate for Congress in the 5th district in Massachusetts.
 "It seems top level administration employees, who are unHatched, are imposing their political preferences on rank-and-file federal workers, who are Hatched," said AFGE President John Sturdivant.
 Sturdivant requested a full investigation in a Sept. 21 letter to the special counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board and the U.S. Attorney's Office, but the union has received no response from either office.
 With the election campaign entering its final days, federal workers say they will not be intimidated by the administration's tactics and are looking forward to a new administration that will restore to them some of the political rights that other Americans enjoy.
 Hatch Act reform measures passed by the last two Congresses were vetoed by President Bush. Clinton has promised to sign the legislation.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Byrne of the AFL-CIO, 202-637-5010/ CO: AFL-CIO; American Federation of Government Employees ST: District of Columbia IN: SU: CPN


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