Because Washington has so many secretaries (because it has so many bosses), this has been a super week for local restaurants, flower vendors and candy stores.
This is National Secretary's Week. And nowhere is the campaign to be-kind-to-your-office-helpmate being pushed harder than in the nation's capital.
But the deluge of lunches, bouquets, ceremonies and celebrations honoring secretaries has not succeeded in turning Vice Adm. Hyman Rickover, Jimmy Carter's old boss, into anything resembling a sentimental supervisor.
Indeed, Rickover, who has torn enough hides out of Navy brass to graft a command of his own, if fighting the tide - as he frequently does.
It isn't as if the deputy commander of the nuclear power directorate is ignoring NSW. Just that he is observing it in a different manner than are most other bosses. For instance:
On the door leading to Rickover's Crystal City office, there is the following sign:
NATIONAL SECRETARY WEEK
1 - We will be nice to our boss this week.
2 - We will WORK and EARN our pay this week.
While some of the distaff staffers acknowledge that it is something that Rickover has even acknowledged the NSW, some had wished for something a little more endearing.
Labor Management Bill: Mixed reaction to the White House agreement to propose and back legislation that would improve the status and potential bargaining power of unions in government.
Although the president's proposals represent major concessions, independent unions say they don't go far enough. Groups like the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S., warn that it could lead to union domination of the government's work force.
American Federation of Government Employes president Kenneth Blaylock saw President Carter yesterday and discussed the White House plan. Blaylock's giant AFL-CIO union has given general support to Carter's civil service reforms on condition that the White House back meaningful labor-management legislation, and guarantee job protection for civil servants. AFGE wants agency shop language (with nonmembers paying for union services) in the bill. The White House, so far, says no.