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Approved For Rqbase 2004/03/17 .:.,CIA-RDP85-009.88R1 60005b070-5 CPYFGIH 'CUT IN BENEF'ITS' OMI 1,147 WASHINGTON -- President parking in government lots hit fumes. When the smoke cleared they indicated they were sick about it. _ Naval Air Rework Facility in Nor- folk, Va., for example, filed forms to stop their savings bond aliot- ments and their contributions to the local Combined Federal Cam- paign. The American Federation of Government Employees and several smaller federal worker unions issued statements de- nouncing the parking plan. "We must strenuously object to the President's decision to once again hoist federal workers up a flagpole as `symbols' of his com- mitment," said AFGE president Kenneth Y. Blaylock. 'We helj 'i feda;al avnrltPr? prices for fuel, the continued rav- ages of inflation while their justi fied pay raises are muffled at 5.5 percent," Blaylock said. At the Pentagon, where the monthly parking rate is expected to go up to $19 a month in the next two years, loss of free parking seemed to dominate conversation. "Oh. yeah, everybody's talking about it," said Air Force SMSgt. George Craig. "It's viewed as another cut in benefits." Craig and another member of his car pool, SAISgt. Wayne Gil- son, said it won't change their driving habits. "I can't stop driving," Gilson said, "I have two jobs. I think any- one here who moonlights would have the same problem." "The thing that bothers nme," said Col. David Glanzer, "is that most people are not here (at the Pentagon) by their own choice. We take free parking for granted. Ft's rot thoueht of as part of our will suffer multiple problems of pay." added commuter costs, higher "I don't see any purpose to it,". said an Army private who asked not to be identified. "To many low-ranking families, $19 a month is a lot to pay," she said. "Every- one I've talked to thinks (the fee) is stupid." Air Force Capt. John Vloet said the fee looks like more chipping away at military benefits. "It's another way of keeping the pay raise down," he said. But, he con- ceded the $19 fee sounds reasonable. "I don't believe it would keep anyone from wanting a job at the Pentagon." An Army sergeant said he will continue to drive to work despite the parking fee. "Taking a bus," he said, "I'd need a half hour more getting to work and another getting home. It's not worth it." An Army officer said it was not fair to ask his opinion of the park- ing fee since he was on temporary duty from an assignment in San Antonio. "But," he said, walking away, Approved For Release 2004/0,,3/17:.CIA-RDP85-00988R000600050070-5