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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

AFSCME lashes back after Lawler firing

Unsurprisingly, Council 5 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sent a statement last night to media outlets decrying the Attorney General's office's firing of attorney Amy Lawler following a report by University of St. Thomas Law School Dean Thomas Mengler (see below).

"In her termination letter, Attorney General Swanson gave no reason for firing Amy Lawler," the statement read. "Bad bosses routinely fire ethical workers for union organizing and whistle blowing. That’s why we have laws to protect workers from bosses like Lori Swanson and Alberto Gonzales. If these top attorneys trample the Constitution, then who will protect our rights?"

The next -- and perhaps final -- chapter in the AG/union drama will likely come with the impending release of a study of the office by legislative auditor James Nobles. Even if Nobles' report is critical, that will be offset by the relatively benign tone of Mengler's report. And with the Legislature out of session, any recommendations in Nobles' report won't be acted on by lawmakers until January, when the next Legislative session begins.

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