A handicapped employe at the U.S. Department of Education who had been slated to loose his job Monday won a new position yesterday, according to Rep. Stan Parris (R-Va.).
Frederick A. Recker, 34, who is mentally retarded and suffers from muscular dystrophy, cataracts, and a club foot, had gone to court earlier this week after he was informed that he would lose his job as a GS-2 copy machine operator Monday.
Calling the termination a reduction-in-force (RIF), the department said Recker's job was being eliminated as the result of the merger of two offices. Recker would have been the only employe to be RIFfed in the 6,000-person agency in more than a year, officials said. He had received satisfactory job ratings throughout his 14 years working for the government.
On Tuesday, Recker won a temporary injunction in U.S. District Court to halt his dismissal. He still faced a long battle through government channels and the courts if he wanted to retain his $12,000-a-year job permanently.
A spokesman for Parris said yesterday that the congressman, after being contacted by Recker's family, had spoken with Education Secretary Terrel H. Bell, and that Bell yesterday agreed to transfer Recker to another office within the department where he could continue as a copy machine operator at the same pay level.
Recker said in an interview yesterday that he had been notified about the new job. An Education Department spokesman, however, could not confirm yesterday that Recker had received a new post.
"My son is very happy," said Recker's father, William P. Recker, from his Alexandria home yesterday. "He just wants to work."