Am I mistaken? Shouldn’t an employee of any company be free to vote for the person, persons, or party of their choice, with no fear of reprisal from their employer? Does that not also apply to the federal government? In a story that I am surprised has not received more air time, it is coming to light that there may have been warnings from some Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials to their employees about what may happen, should they choose to vote for the GOP.
(Fox News) Two federal agency supervisors allegedly warned employees earlier this year that a Republican takeover in Washington could threaten their jobs — comments that some workers apparently took as guidance on “how to vote” and that one group claims may have violated federal law.
Nonprofit watchdog Cause of Action wrote a letter Wednesday asking the Department of Transportation’s inspector general to launch a probe into the incident, involving senior officials with the Federal Aviation Administration. The incident occurred in May during a meeting at the FAA’s Seattle office, according to the letter.
Emails obtained by FoxNews.com show one FAA employee recalling what John Hickey, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety, said at the meeting.
“I would not be able to quote Mr. Hickey (sic) exact words but what I took out of it was, if the conservative (Republicans) gain control of congress then the FAA could be looking (at) as much as a 15% cut in budget and we (may) be looking at furloughs. If the liberal Democrats take control of congress then we would be looking at a flat budget,” the email said. “In short if the Republicans win office our jobs may be (affected) … if the Democrats win office then our jobs would not be (affected).”
I can not count the ways in which such actions are improper and just plain wrong. I have no idea which political party these officials belong to, but that doesn’t really matter. What does matter is implication that these officials were so bold that they felt the liberty to attempt to “persuade” their employees and to direct them how to vote. This smells like a labor union tactic to me. Is there no end to the depths they will stoop to make sure of their victory in November?