Steven Senne, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The AFL-CIO on Monday called for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to dismiss a campaign labor advisor linked to an ethics investigation at the National Labor Relations Board.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said Peter Schaumber, a former Republican member of the NLRB, used his connections to obtain inside information from a current board member.
Schaumber has not been accused of wrongdoing. But a report last week from the agency's inspector general found that current board member Terence Flynn violated ethics rules by leaking details of internal board deliberations to Schaumber and others.
The inspector general's report has been referred to the Justice Department for further investigation.
Trumka also said Flynn should resign from the five-member board, which polices unfair labor practices and supervises union elections. The inspector general's report said Flynn committed the violations in 2011, when he was chief counsel to the board's other current GOP member, Brian Hayes.
It said Flynn improperly shared inside information about the status of pending cases and the early positions of board members before decisions were released.
"The report makes clear that Schaumber used his inside connections through his former chief counsel Flynn to get internal, confidential information that he then utilized in ongoing public attacks on the actions of the NLRB," Trumka said.
A Romney campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Schaumber, now a labor relations consultant, also did not respond to an e-mail and phone call requesting comment.
Flynn issued a statement Monday denying any wrongdoing and vowed to remain on the board.
"I am troubled by the politicization of this internal matter, in which I have committed no wrongdoing, and feel that this manufactured controversy is emblematic of the mean-spirited political theatrics that currently paralyze Washington and deter individuals from public service," Flynn said.
Flynn said he cooperated fully with the investigation and had offered the inspector general a detailed response to the report.
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