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Happy 88th Birthday, VA!

July 16, 2018

Since its creation in 1930, the VA has been a world-class organization, providing health care and life-changing benefits to millions of veterans across the country. The VA is also home to medical breakthroughs, inventions, and Nobel Prize laureates. VA’s tremendous research and partnerships with academic institutions have far-reaching impact and have transformed the world of medicine. This kind of success is due in no small part to dedicated VA employees – 1 in 3 are veterans themselves.

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Housing Detainees in Overcrowded Prisons Poses Health Risks

July 09, 2018

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has already been under a huge strain since President Trump took office, following the misguided hiring freeze, budget cuts, and staffing reductions. Now, the men and women who safeguard these prisons are being asked to oversee 1,600 detainees in five federal prisons - posing severe health and safety risks to correctional officers, detainees, inmates, and the surrounding communities.

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Following Janus Ruling, We Must Unite to Protect Workplace Rights

July 02, 2018

The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME is another effort to weaken workplace protections and advance corporate interests. The ruling follows another Supreme Court decision in which the high court ruled that companies can force employees into lengthy and expensive one-on-one arbitration procedures instead of allowing them to pursue class-action grievances.

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Happy 80th Birthday, Fair Labor Standards Act!

June 25, 2018

On June 25, 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), "the most far-reaching, far-sighted program for the benefit of workers ever adopted in this or any other country." The Bill changed the American workplace and the lives of working men and women (and children) in this country forever.

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Is the Supreme Court Poised to Undermine Union Rights?

June 08, 2018

Labor unions play an important role in securing rights and protections such as health and safety, family and medical leave, overtime, and fair treatment. But the wealthy don’t want workers to come together and negotiate for a better life. An important case pending in the Supreme Court, Janus v. AFSCME, is an example of how these special interests are trying to destroy the labor movement and our democracy.

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AFGE Sues President Trump Over Executive Order

June 04, 2018

On May 25, President Trump signed three executive orders that chip away at due process and collective bargaining rights for federal employees. On May 30, 2018, AFGE sued the Trump administration in response to the third executive order, which aims to deny workers their legal right to representation at the worksite.

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How Trump’s Executive Orders Remove Checks and Balances

June 04, 2018

The three executive orders seek to undermine three things that serve as a protection for the merit systems and against the politicization of the civil service: removal procedure and merit principles, official time, and collective bargaining. After seeing the misinformation campaigns against EPA and VA workers, it's clear that the administration is trying to undermine our democracy and usher in the spoils system.

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