Unfunny potty-parity jokes on Capitol Hill

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

In his May 13 Washington Sketch ["Women's restroom shortage is out of line"], Dana Milbank poked fun at H.R. 4869, the Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Buildings Act. But women in the federal workforce know better, and when the General Services Administration's Robert Peck says "we're not finding complaints," he's not paying attention.

Renovations for Americans With Disabilities Act compliance regularly make a bad situation worse. For example, renovations in the Adams Building of the Library of Congress have cut the number of women's toilet facilities in half, while the men's loss is only 38 percent. The result is crowding and loss of work time. The House bill would turn that around, saving taxpayers' money and workers' morale. And that's no joke.

Nan Ernst, Washington

The writer is the chief steward of the Library of Congress Professional Guild (AFSCME 2910).

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