That's the title of a new ($2.25) paperback book by Michael P. Balzano. He was the flamboyant and controversial directory of ACTION from 1973 to 1977. The Balzano book, published by the conservative American Enterprise Institute, is about the power and influence of federal unions and the bureaucracy itself, and talks about the reluctance of Congress and the White House to do any significant fat-whacking, even as both talk about reorganizing and streamlining.
Donald M. MacIntyre is the new 14th district (Metro Washington) vice president of the American Federal of Government Employees. MacIntyre, formerly a national representative with the union, beat out Dwight Bowman of Smithsonian; Bea Osbia of Civil Service COmmission and Joseph Russell of General Services Administration for the top job. He succeeds Major H. Travis who died in July.
Open-Closed Door Policy: The board of governors of the U.S. Postal Service has voted to close at least part of next month's regular meeting to the public and press. The part they plan to keep secret deals with the strategy the USPS will use in contrast negotiations next year with unions representating 600,000 postal employees.
The board got approval to waive the sunshine law on grounds that it would not be in the public interest if the unions get wind of management's bargaining plans.
National Association of Government Employees will hold its convention next month (Oct. 13-16) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.