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The AFL-CIO got into the scrap late Wednesday with a call for FAA Administrator Marion Blakey to stop what it termed the FAA's "national media assault on workers." Edward Wytkind, president of the transportation trades department, also called on the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General to investigate the costs of the "taxpayer-funded misinformation campaign. At a time when the FAA is pleading poverty, it is absolutely outrageous ..." he said in a press release. The FAA's Martin said the costs were minimal. Martin said the news conferences were held either at regional headquarters or airports so there were little in the way of direct costs to organize them. There was some travel involved for FAA communications staff but in some cases the news conferences were handled by local staff.