Saturday, December 6, 2008

Bush's Destructive Endgame Continues: Thousands Of Federal Employees Lose Bargaining Rights

The Bush administration is pursuing an agenda in its final hours whose goal is to inflict as much damage as possible to health care, labor, the environment and civil liberties.

Never a friend to working people or organized labor, President Bush recently signed an executive order, "Exclusions from the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program," denying collective bargaining rights to about 8,600 federal employees involved in national security, on the grounds that their mission is not consistent with engagement in such pursuits. Nine hundred employees were represented by collective bargaining units.

According to the president of the National Treasury Employees Union Colleen M. Kelley, staffers at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco “had their collective bargaining rights stripped away for no justifiable reason.” She stated that the union enjoyed collective bargaining rights for more than 30 years without compromising their mission.

The January 20th inauguration of Barack Obama can't come fast enough. Obama will already have his hands full trying to resolve the disasters of the Bush years, including the war in Iraq and the economy. Now the incoming president has the added challenge of reversing Bush's last gasp of domestic destructiveness.

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