Union Leader Hospitalized

December 31, 1996

Union Leader Hospitalized

The American Federation of Government Employees reported last week that its president, John Sturdivant, was receiving chemotherapy treatment for leukemia at Fairfax Hospital in suburban Washington. The full course of treatment was expected to take 6-8 weeks.

AFGE officials say Sturdivant and his doctors expect a full recovery, since the illness was diagnosed at an early stage. In a message to AFGE members, Sturdivant said he has had a "blood condition for over 15 years."

Sturdivant said President Clinton had called him from Air Force One to wish him well. The union leader plans to work from home after his release from the hospital.

"I'm considering this just a 'speed-bump' and an opportunity to rest a bit before charging ahead to confront all the issues we face, as federal employees, in the coming year," said Sturdivant in his message AFGE members. "Tell everybody I'm not planning for succession!"

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