Union Tried to Fire Employees for Supporting 'Duck Dynasty'

Union Tried to Fire Employees for Supporting 'Duck Dynasty'

A federal employees union wanted a pair of workers who publicly supported Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson with decals to be fired.

The decal in question featured the words “I Support Phil,” a battle cry raised after Robertson was briefly suspended from his A&E show late last year after he shared his Biblical views on homosexuality with GQ Magazine.

A union representing federal employees at Eglin Air Force base in Florida is demanding that two senior management officials be removed from their posts because they put decals on their personal trucks supporting Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.

Alan Cooper, the executive vice president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees, said one of the officials also displayed the “I Support Phil” decals in his office last month and offered them to subordinates….

“We took offense,” Cooper told me in a telephone interview. “These two particular individuals have a great amount of influence over individuals who may be gay, who may be African-American – and we have a concern they should not be in a position to exert that influence when it comes to promotions.

Cooper wrote in an email that the decal may violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As a result, he wanted the civilian managers “removed from their positions.”

Fox News spoke with one of the people targeted by Cooper. The person asked to remain nameless.

My intent was not to offend anybody,” the individual told me. “My intent was to support the show and to show support for his Christian values….

“I’m pro-family,” he said. “I’m pro-life. I don’t have a problem with anybody who doesn’t agree with me.

The Air Force investigated the matter and found the workers were well within their rights to display the decals.