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Attorney General Receives Report on Labor Misinformation Claims

by Hugh McQuaid | Jul 12, 2011 4:05pm
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Posted to: Corporate Watch, Labor, Legal, Nonprofits

Attorney General George Jepsen issued a statement Tuesday acknowledging the Auditors of Public Accounts had turned over their findings about misinformation allegations lodged against the Yankee Institute by the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition.

“We have received a report from the State Auditors of Public Accounts on the SEBAC complaint about Yankee Institute and the state e-mail system. We continue to review the allegations and related information and will undertake any additional inquiry that may be warranted to resolve this issue as quickly as possible,” he said.

The report stems from a SEBAC request in June, asking Jepsen to investigate the Yankee Institute. They claimed the conservative think-tank had been doing whatever it could to encourage union members to vote against the tentative agreement and to vote against their own interests.

SEBAC spokesmen said the Yankee Institute had sent out electronic messages filled with incorrect information in an attempt to sabotage the union vote on the $1.6 billion concession agreement. Those emails were then circulated through the mailboxes of state employees and led to persistent and inaccurate rumors about the agreement, they said.

However, the Yankee Institute denied any involvement with spreading misinformation. Fergus Cullen, its executive director, denied the institute had involvement any misinformation campaign and dismissed the allegations as conspiracy theories.

In response to the request Jepsen said state whistleblower statutes call for the Auditors of Public Accounts to investigate their allegations of a sabotage campaign but said his office would continue looking into SEBAC claims that the institute had violated computer laws while spreading misinformation.

Matt O’Connor, spokesman for SEBAC, said they were happy Jepsen had decided to maintain jurisdiction over possible misuse of the state computer system and hoped both his investigation and that of the auditors is done in an expeditious manner.

But now that the agreement failed to reach its high bar for ratification and has been officially rejected, it’s unclear what, if any, action will be taken. Jepsen has yet to give any indication of what the auditors’ findings were.

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posted by: sharewhut | July 12, 2011  8:00pm

Only thing here worthy of any investigation is how someone accessed a dormant state email account. That’s a security issue. Content in email I got was inflamatory but nothing that wasn’t already out there. Certainly not enough to change many minds.

posted by: Wakewhenover | July 12, 2011  8:47pm

Yep, the Jepster, former liberal legislator, is in a real hurry to get to the bottom of this.  If he had anything, he would be all over the news.  The YI rep has been on the radio and blogs stating they did nothing, while Heckle an Jeckle from SEBAC stammer and hem and haw when asked to provide proof of hacking and espionage.  Who speaks for the rank and file?  Not the magpies.

posted by: Lawrence | July 12, 2011  9:13pm

The complaint specifically mentions Zachary Janowski.

Yet I have never seen a reporter ask Janowski a single question about this.

posted by: perturbed | July 12, 2011  9:32pm

perturbed

First sentence: “Attorney General George Jepsen issued a statement Tuesday acknowledging the Auditors of Public Accounts had turned over their findings about misinformation allegations lodged against the Yankee Institute by the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition.”

Last sentence: “Jepsen has yet to give any indication of what the auditors’ findings were.”

Huh?

“Yup, we got the report! Got it right here! What…you want to know what’s in it, too? Geesh. Some people are just never satisfied.”

(Hey, maybe we should ask Steve.)

—perturbed

posted by: CT_Citizen | July 12, 2011  10:37pm

What I find interesting is that I submit a whistle blower complaint in February 2010 and it does not get turned over to the AG’s office as a completed investigation by the auditors of public accounts until May 2011. Their claim?  They are short staffed.  This complaint gets flipped in less than 1 month!!  CT News Junkie’s next question should be why this is happening?

posted by: Hebee | July 13, 2011  5:40am

What a refreshing change. Bloomy would have been on TV with this every day, if he were still in the A.G. Office. His ego must have taken a blow since the move to D.C and the big Pond. He is not used to being a little fish.