VA union requests regional director be fired

"ThisstyleofintimidationhasproventobeahallmarkofMr.Moreland'sleadership,"J.DavidCoxSr.,nationalpresidentoftheAmericanFederationofGovernmentEmployees,wrote,inpart,toVAsecretaryEricShinsekionTuesday.
"Youhaveindicatedinthepastthereisnotoleranceofretaliationinyouradministration.Minimally,untilafullandcompleteinvestigationcanbeundertakenoftheseandpossibleotherincidentsthatinvolveMr.Morelandandhisleadership,Iwouldaskthatyouremovehimfromthepositionof[VeteransIntegratedServiceNetwork]director,"Mr.Coxaddedintheletter,whichtheunionsenttomediaFriday.
VAspokesmanMarkBallesterossaidFridayinanemailthatthe"VAisreviewingtheletterandwillrespondtoAFGE."
DavidCowgill,spokesmanforthePittsburghVAandMr.Moreland,saidhehadnocomment.
InthelettertoMr.Shinseki,Mr.Cox,whoseunionrepresentsabout2,500PittsburghVAemployees,referstosixseparateincidentssince2004inwhichhesaidMr.Morelandandthoseunderhisleadershipretaliatedormadethreatsagainstemployees,including:
•Thefiringandresignationin2005and2006,respectively,ofVictorYuandJanetStout,notedLegionnaires'diseaseresearchersatthePittsburghVA,who,Mr.Coxwrites"weresubjectedtoinvestigationsandretaliationforDr.Stouthavingprotestedtheclosureofthelaboratory...[and]wereforcedoutofthePittsburghVA,wheretheymayhavebeenabletostemtherecentoutbreakbeforepatientsbecameill."
•TheallegedintimidationinFebruaryofPittsburghVAunionleaderKathiDahl,whoclaimsshewastoldbythePittsburghVA'sassociatedirector,LovettaFord,thatshecouldstayhomefromgivingtestimonyatarecentcongressionalcommitteebysayingshewassick.
•TheattemptsbyPittsburghVAmanagementto"fire,investigateandharass"twounionleaders,RobertBonnerandColleenEvans,aftertheyraisedquestionsaboutapatientdeath.
•Threeothercases,includingthatofMichelleWashington,aneuropsychologist,andtwootheremployeesattheWilmington,Del.,VAmedicalcenterwhosufferedretaliationorintimidation.TheWilmingtonVAispartoftheVAregionalgroupthatisbasedinPittsburghandheadedbyMr.Moreland.
Dr.Stout,whonowrunsaprivatelaboratoryinPittsburghalongwithDr.Yu,saidFridaytheywerepleasedtheunionsenttheletter.
"Inmyopinionthere'smeritinMr.Cox'scallforaninvestigationtoseeifthereisapatternofintimidationandretaliation,"shesaid."Theyshouldinvestigate--whethertheywillremainstobeseen."


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