Congress Abuses Its Workers! Quick! Call....

Sexual harassment? Perhaps congressional staffers should call EEOC…

Unsafe working conditions? Perhaps congressional staffers should call OSHA…

Perhaps congressional staffers should unionize...

Where’s Gloria Steinham?  Richard Trumka?

Maybe congressional staffers should call their Congressmen?…

Oh! That’s right! Congress has exempted itself from the laws that govern private-sector workplaces.

Well, then that explains the current problem.

…abused [congressional] employees have collected an average of $1 million per year in settlements over workplace disputes with their congressional bosses, potentially including sexual harassment charges. The report also revealed a projected 6,300 safety hazards on the Capitol campus, one of which will is a fire hazard in the Library of Congress that will cost nearly $20 million to repair. Another fire safety hazard in Russell Senate Office building could be deadly to aides and members alike if there was a fiery terrorist attack, reports show.

Of course, there must be somewhere these abused congressional employees can go…or not.

House Minority Leader John Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, indicated that the problem could have been prevented if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had not appointed a Chief Administrative Officer who may have overlooked the email address blockade.

“It is ridiculous that Speaker Pelosi’s hand-picked CAO, the recently-departed Dan Beard, blocked the Office of Compliance from communicating directly with House employees about the problems they face in the workplace through the House e-mail system,” Steel said. “Add that to the lengthy list of blunders we hope Speaker Pelosi’s next pick for CAO won’t repeat.”

Yes. Let us hope.

No. Scratch that.

Let us VOTE.

No quarter was asked, none was given.

2010 is America’s Thermopylae.





“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.”Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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