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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Did Gov.'s aide interfere in labor cases?

Two members of the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission appointed by a Republican governor claim that Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick's chief labor aide interfered with the agency on cases involving two unions that endorsed Patrick and donated to his campaign. Commissioners Paul O'Neill and Hugh Reilly told The Boston Globe that Suzanne Bump made an inappropriate call about a case involving the Boston Teachers Union and pressured the commission to approve a pending petition by Service Employees International Union. Bump, while acknowledging contact with the board, denied she was trying to influence the commission, which by law is free of politics.