November 13, 2012
Enid Doggett
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Union Activists Plan a Day of Action at Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center

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(HINES, Ill.)— American Federation of Government Employees Local 781 members and activists will launch a day of action at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center to educate employees and veterans on the issues of retaliation and harassment occurring at the facility.

“Our concern is for our veterans,” said AFGE Local 781 Chief Steward Germaine Clarno. “When employees are being intimidated and retaliated against for speaking up for quality care, the nation’s veterans pay the price. In order to retain the best and brightest healthcare providers, to service the needs of our nation’s heroes, we must rid our workplace of the toxic, retaliatory practices engaged in by management.”

Through Equal Employment Opportunity records, AFGE Local 781 has learned that instances of workplace bullying and harassment have increased exponentially over the past year. Members of National Nurses United (NNU) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have experienced these issues as well, according to AFGE Local 781.

“We have tried to work with management to find solutions to these issues,” said AFGE Local 781 President Miriam Krasno. “We’ve suggested workplace bullying training and other measures, all of which have been declined by management. When employees expose waste, fraud and abuse within our facility, they shouldn’t face retaliation and intimidation. We intend to take our message to Congress and the public in order to put an end to these harmful practices.”

WHO: AFGE Local 781 members and activists

Union members and activists of NNU and SEIU

VA employees

WHAT: Will hold informational picket regarding the retaliatory practices of the facility’s management staff.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 14; 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. CST

WHERE: Across from the main entrance of Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center,

5000 South 5th Avenue, Hines, Ill.

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