Washington Post, 5/12/05
Union Faults EEOC Plan
A federal union yesterday faulted a plan to reorganize field offices in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying that the agency should hold a public hearing to debate the reorganization plan.
Cari M. Dominguez , the EEOC chairman, announced Tuesday that she plans to overhaul the agency's field structure and will cut the number of district directors by a third. She has called a commission meeting for Monday to vote on the reorganization.
The president of the National Council of EEOC Locals, a part of the American Federation of Government Employees, called on Dominguez to reschedule the meeting and wait until the civil rights community has had a chance to review the reorganization.
"With the stroke of a pen, the commission can change the forum to a public hearing, which invites the public to testify and provide written comments," said Gabrielle Martin , the union president.
Martin said the reorganization does not address staffing shortfalls, "which the agency admits are resulting in an exploding backlog of cases."