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The Hatch Act and the Political Activities of Federal Employee Unions: A Need for Policy Reform
Marick F. Masters and Leonard Bierman
Public Administration Review
Vol. 45, No. 4 (Jul. - Aug., 1985), pp. 518-526
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3110037
Page Count: 9
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This study examines the Hatch Act's relationship to federal employee unions. It finds, contrary to conventional thinking, that evidence suggests that the act is directly applicable to these organizations. Also, the Office of Special Counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board has recently taken two controversial actions which represent an indirect application of the act to federal unions. Because of uncertainty as to the act's relationship to federal unions, Congress should adopt clarifying legislation. In considering policy alternatives, it should assess the labor relations, administrative, and constitutional implications.
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