AFGE's vigilance in fighting for caregivers and the veterans they serve was recognized on the House floor by several lawmakers. "Special thanks are also due to the American Federation of Government Employees, which has worked tirelessly to make sure VA nurses were 'guaranteed' a raise, and would settle for nothing less. We wouldn't be here without the help of AFGE. . . ," said Representative Steve LaTourette (R-OH).
AFGE opposes a provision also included in H.R. 5109 which would change the mission of the VA from providing direct health care to referring veterans to non-DVA health care providers. "AFGE is fortified by today's victory on VA pay and we will move forward to the Senate to remove this voucher-like proposal from the bill," emphasized Harnage.
The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. AFGE represents some 125,000 VA employees nationwide.