Eye Opener: Kennedy's Impact on Federal Workers
Happy Thursday! Amid all the talk about Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's death, The Eye's colleague Joe Davidson notes that the Massachusetts Democrat was a great friend of federal employees.
Labor leaders Wednesday most remembered his efforts to fight plans by the George W. Bush administration to have outside contractors do government work.
"He believed first and foremost that the work of the federal government could best be done by federal employees and [they] needed to be supported in the work they were trying to do. So, his work against privatization of federal work, I would say his fingerprints are all over that," said National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley.
Kelley cited some examples of his work for federal employees:
-- His call for Department of Homeland Security staffers to have full collective bargaining rights.
-- His demand for a return of collective bargaining rights to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employees.
-- His effort to save jobs at an Internal Revenue Service facility in Andover, Mass.
-- His push to end the IRS's use of private tax collectors.
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