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Monday, May 15, 2006

An Unusual Ad Campaign - Government Union vs. EEOC

It will be interesting to see what the AFSCME hopes to accomplish with their advertising campaign being launched tomorrow in 12 cities, including Austin. The Austin Business Journal has the story, Austin to be target of new EEOC ad campaign.

The union apparently wants to point out the woes it sees at the agency including according to the article:
Significant attrition and a backlog of cases at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are putting the jobs of millions of Americans in jeopardy, the federation contends. The EEOC has lost 20 percent of its workforce, the federation says, and a hiring freeze has been in effect since 2001. Despite the need for additional staff, the administration still wants to cut the EEOC budget for next year by $4 million, the federation says. Consequently, the agency says its backlog of cases will grow to nearly 48,000 in fiscal 2007, according to the federation.
A little interesting for the workers of an organization to take out ads against their own employer, but that is the nature of the public sector and having an organized work force. It's not always clear that all are pulling in the same direction.

The other cities that will get to hear and see the campaign are Atlanta; Baltimore; Birmingham, Ala.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Chicago; Dallas; El Paso; Miami; Montgomery, Ala.; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.


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