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AFGE Successfully Recruiting New Units Across America

July 24, 2015

Since launching our Big Enough to Win campaign earlier this year, AFGE has been actively growing memberships both through existing units and new units. We have won several union elections the past few months, giving us an opportunity to represent and provide workplace protections to employees who serve our country.

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Categories: VA, Workers Rights

AFGE Condemns House Panel’s Decision to Allow VA to Fire Employees at Will

July 16, 2015

The House Veterans Affairs Committee has only one job: make sure our country’s veterans are taken care of. But on Wednesday it did the opposite. The panel voted to allow retaliation and discrimination against the very people who take care of our veterans. That means VA employees can no longer bring up issues that hurt veterans such as understaffing and mismanagement without the fear of being fired.

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Categories: VA

The Right Fix for Lasting, Comprehensive Accountability at the VA

July 14, 2015

AFGE lauds legislation introduced by Rep. Mark Takano of California that finally addresses accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in substantive and comprehensive ways. H.R. 2999, the Fair VA Accountability Act, takes meaningful steps to reduce mismanagement, protect whistleblowers from management retaliation, and hold individuals accountable without trampling on workplace and Constitutional rights.

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Categories: VA

Report: Koch-Funded “Concerned Veterans for America” Wants to Dismantle VA, Cut Veterans Benefits

July 10, 2015

When our troops come home, the VA health system keeps our nation’s promise to care for those who have borne the battle. These brave men and women served their country, and providing quality, veteran-focused VA health care and benefits is the least our nation can do to serve them in return. According to a shocking new report issued this week, however, not everyone sees it that way.

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Categories: VA

Defending Due Process

June 24, 2015

Now more than ever, we are witnessing a spike in misleading and mean-spirited attacks on federal employees’ right to due process. This is a vital and eminently practical system that holds employees and management accountable to our nation’s ideals of an apolitical civil service, and one that is worth fighting for.

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Categories: VA, Workers Rights

Veterans, AFGE VA Local in Wisconsin Unite against Koch-backed VA Privatization

May 29, 2015

Working with AFGE Local 1732 in Madison, Wisconsin, the South Central Federation of Labor, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, and the AFT-Wisconsin chapter have each passed a resolution against congressional efforts to privatize the Veterans Affairs health care system. Behind these privatization efforts are the Koch brothers who also fund a front group named Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), which has been pushing Congress to hand over veterans’ health care to for-profit businesses.

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Categories: VA, Privatization

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