Official Time: What You Need to Know

There's a political wild goose chase unfolding before our eyes in Congress – and it's not what you think. 

This week, H.R. 1461 – a bill aimed at stripping VA employees of official time rights – may come to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.  

Official time is when union representatives and managers work together to make the work place better. This attack is union busting – plain and simple. All it does is introduce anti-union legislation, instead of working to solve the real problem facing the VA.

Learn more about official time – and what you can do to protect it: 

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Take Action Now

Tell Your Lawmaker: Vote No on H.R. 1461

H.R. 1461 impacts federal workers' workplace rights'. If passed, the bill will effectively eliminate official time for all federal employees and cut retirement benefits for employee representatives. This bill will be voted on soon. 

  • D.C. Office: 1-855-976-5397
  • District Office: 1-855-974-4792
  • Click here to email your lawmaker

When the Representative's office answers, tell them this:

"Hello, my name is _____, and I'm a member of the American Federation of Government Employees from [Your City, State]. Please tell the Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1461. This bill does nothing to improve government. It is simply an attack my rights at work and my ability to provide quality service for the people I'm proud to serve. Thank you." 


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