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F
OCUS ON
L
OCALLY
E
MPLOYED
S
TAFF
L
OCAL
E
MPLOYEES
S
EEK A
D
IALOGUE WITH
W
ASHINGTON
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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / J U N E 2 0 1 2
n late 2008, a group of around 100 American and international local staff members at a U.S.
diplomatic post in Western Europe received a rude awakening. An administrative notice announced that the handbook
setting forth the terms and conditions for LES employment had been “updated” as part of a “modernization” effort.
Management had unilaterally reduced sick leave and annual leave for locally hired employees, and had eroded workplace
protections by changing the rules and procedures for termination of employment.
A
MINIATURE
U
NITED
N
ATIONS
, L
OCALLY
E
MPLOYED
S
TAFF HAVE CREATED THE
I
NTERNATIONAL
F
OREIGN
S
ERVICE
A
SSOCIATION TO ADVOCATE ON THEIR BEHALF
.
B
Y
E
DDY
O
LISLAEGER AND
W
ENDY
L
UBETKIN
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