Leaders of the government's largest organization of Hispanic workers have targeted three major federal operations-Federal Communications Commission, Commerce and HEW-for a special push to get more Latinos in middle and top policy jobs.
Baltasar Luna, president of IMAGE Inc., met with officials of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission yesterday. He told EEOC that FCC, Commerce and HEW (exclusive of its big Social Security Administration) have some of the poorest track records in government in employing Hispanics. They want more Hispanics in policy posts to help influence television treatment of the Spanish-speaking population, to get more money and attention for health and education, and to imporve business and census operations run by Commerce.
Data from the EEOC, outlined here yesterday, showed that Hispanic males are the most "underrepresented" minority group in government, Federal agencies in July will embark on a special emphasis recruiting campaign to interest more Hispanics, blacks and women in applying for federal jobs. Agencies are also considering "alternate hiring methods" which would enable them to bring in more minority group members outside of normal civil service chanels.
IMAGE, a national organization aimed at raising the number of Hispanics in federal, state and local jobs, says that only 3.4 percent of the government workforce is Hispanic, although they are the second largest-and fastest growing-minority group in America.
The EEOC has already responded to earlier IMAGE pushes, naming Hispanics directors in 6 of its 22 national areas. Now Hispanics want the Carter administration to issue an executive order promoting the hiring of Hispanics, to back up to equal employment laws already on the books.
IMAGE leaders are scheduled today to meet with officials of the Office of Personnel Management, including its director Alan K. Campbell. The Hispanics group says that Campbell has been "fantastic and responsive" to the needs of their constituents, and vice chairman Jule Sugarman has been instrumental in drawing up plans to help recruit more minority group members.
But IMAGE president Luna says other Carter administration officials have been "naive and unsympathetic" to their job lobbying. They say the greatest gains Hispanics made in government came during the Nixon years, when Hispanic employment jumped by about 8,000 jobs while overall federal employment declined about 22,000 positions.