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Union SEC Porn Viewers Got Counseled

From an ever so discreet Associated Press:

SEC workers viewing porn at work disciplined

SEC workers caught viewing pornographic sites at work have been investigated and disciplined

P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press, On Tuesday March 8, 2011

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has counseled or disciplined 24 employees who accessed pornographic sites on government computers between 2005 and 2010 as the financial system teetered and almost collapsed.

They "counseled" them? That is severe!

For the record the National Treasury Employees Union (Chapter 293) represents the workers non-supervisory federal employees at the Security And Exchange Commission.

Therefore ‘counseling’ is probably the (ahem) stiffest penalty allowed under their negotiated ‘worker discipline’ rights.

In a letter dated March 3, the SEC responded to a Freedom of Information Act request by Denver attorney Kevin D. Evans listing the offices of the employees. They were in Atlanta, Denver, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Fort Worth, Texas.

Note that the SEC had to be forced into releasing this information. Also note that it wasn’t the AP that filed this FOIA request. It was an attorney in private practice, who (as we will learn below) was outraged by these shenanigans…

During the court case to unseal the documents last year, SEC human resource director Jeffrey Risinger said that none of the employees who used their SEC computer to access porn sites is considered a high-ranking official or senior officer. He said three of the four supervisors who accessed porn are still with the SEC, and only one remains in a supervisory position

Notice that these two ‘demotions’ are the most severe punishment that got meted out. But, of course, supervisors are not in the union. So they could be disciplined.

Disclosures filed in court by the SEC said that eight of the employees resigned, including a supervisor, six received suspensions ranging from a day to two weeks, while the remaining 10 SEC employees were either counseled or reprimanded.

Or, to put it another way – absolutely nobody was fired over this. Not a single person. And only six out of a total of 24 people involved were even suspended. And those suspensions ranged from one day to two weeks. And we suspect most were for one day.

Evans, a white-collar and regulatory defense attorney in private practice, said he requested the documents on his own behalf after first learning of the OIG’s report last spring.

"This isn’t a moral crusade, what people do on their own time is their business," Evans said. "But spending hours doing this at work? I don’t know how they could do their jobs… I consider it fraud."

Mr. Evans seems to have declared war on the workers. He must be a Republican.

Court documents filed as part of Evans’ FOIA case listed several websites that indicate they offer sexually explicit photographs or video of straight, fetish, or gay porn. An OIG report previously said that some employees spent hours on the sites.

Oddly enough this AP story has gotten very little play in the national news media outside of business circles. Could it be that our watchdog media don’t want to make these public sector union ‘workers’ look bad?

By the way, on the Presidents Perspective page of the National Treasury Employees Union’s website, we find:

We Are All Wisconsinites

By NTEU Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman

Over the past few days, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites have been gathering in Madison to protest Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip the public employees’ unions in Wisconsin of their right to collective bargaining. As public employees, we at NTEU Chapter 293 stand with these middle class public employees…

We proudly support the public employees of the State of Wisconsin.

We are all Wisconsinites.

Sadly, we couldn’t agree more with President Gilman.

And that is precisely the problem.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Union SEC Porn Viewers Got Counseled”

  1. GetBackJack

    The United Nations Really Stern Letter syndrome is spreading.

  2. They were also sent to bed without any supper. But their mommys brought them a snack so they wouldn’t be hungry.




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