AFGE and its National Veterans Affairs Council applauded the leadership of Rep. Mark Takano of California for his introduction of the VA Employee Fairness Act, legislation that would restore equal bargaining rights to VA health care professionals.
Under the current Title 38 personnel system, registered nurses, physicians, dentists, physician assistants and several other groups of VA professionals lack full collective bargaining rights. Congressman Takano’s bill, H.R. 2193, would amend 38 USC 7422, enacted in 1991, to ensure that these clinicians have equal bargaining rights as other federal employees. For the past decade, the agency has applied Section 7422 extremely broadly as a means of denying medical professionals the ability to bargain over routine workplace matters.
AFGE will continue to fight and work with our allies in Congress who understand that those who care for our veterans deserve fair and just treatment on the job.
AFGE also thanks cosponsors Reps. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Tim Walz of Minnesota, Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, Kathleen Rice of New York, Adam Schiff of Calitofnia, Jim Cooper of Tennessee, and Raul Grijalva of Arizona for their support of this critical legislation for ensuring a strong VA health care system.