NATIONAL COUNCIL OF EEOC L0CALS No 216, AFGE, AFL-CIO
Office of the President
c/o Denver District Office, EEOC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Gabrielle Martin
EEOC TO GO FORWARD WITH REORGANIZATION WITH OR WITHOUT SENATE APPROVAL
The National Council of EEOC Locals has learned that EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez intends to “damn the torpedoes” and implement her agency reorganization plan with or without Senate approval. The plan downgrades one third of EEOC’s district offices. “The Chair has thrown down the gauntlet and is willing to risk angering Congressional appropriators. Chair Dominguez is bound and determined to go forward for the sake of her legacy, before her appointment ends this summer. Unfortunately, her legacy will be a smaller and less effective civil rights agency.” said Gabrielle Martin, National Council President.
Those who immediately suffer include charging parties, FEPAs and TERO organizations, and parties to litigation and mediation. “Since those who hold our purse strings have not agreed to the changes, employees also will suffer as they continue to struggle to do more with less”, says Martin. Throughout this reorganization debacle, the National Council has maintained that, given EEOC’s limited funding, this plan should be scrapped, because it does not save money, provide adequate staffing and resources, or make EEOC more customer oriented.
Given that the public will suffer, the National Council wonders why now? Is it because there will be a new Commissioner come the beginning of 2006 and there might be another voice of dissension to add to the public outcry of the constituent groups? Is it because the EEOC managers also determined that there was no case for the reorganization? Or is it just a matter of defiance? In any event, the National Council urges Chair Dominguez to rethink her course of action and its wisdom.