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Letter from Dennis Van Roekel Opposing Cuts in Funding for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

October 17, 2011

Dear Senator Mikulski:


On behalf of the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association, we would like to thank you for your leadership in supporting the critical mission of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and to request your assistance in protecting this important agency from devastating funding cuts. 

We are very concerned that the EEOC is facing cuts in the range of $7 million under the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill.  This cut will mean that the agency will have to continue its hiring freeze and be unable to backfill positions of retiring employees.  In addition, EEOC employees have already been notified to expect furlough days unless the agency receives additional funding.  With fewer staff working, EEOC’s current nine month claim processing time will grow far worse.

NEA is committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination.  A well-funded EEOC is essential to reaching this goal.  The EEOC has been instrumental through the years in protecting NEA members, including pursuing complaints of discrimination based on age, disability, and minority status.  An underfunded agency will mean much less support for educators and all employees facing discrimination in the workplace. 

We urge you to continue to push for as much EEOC funding as possible.  And, we ask that you please let us know how NEA can help support your efforts.

Thank you again for your support of the EEOC.   

Sincerely,

Dennis Van Roekel
President