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2014-08-27 16:25:40

New hiring, whistleblower initiatives are good steps, yet culture of fear still exists at agency WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees today applauded President Obama's announcement detailing efforts to improve health care access for veterans and their family members, but cautioned that much work remains to eliminate the culture of fear permeating the Department of Veterans Affairs....

2014-08-13 12:32:37

Agent and AFGE member Shawn Moran discusses threats in first installment of "Walking the Line," a video series highlighting Border Patrol agents WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patrolling the border is a dangerous job. Just ask Shawn Moran, a Border Patrol agent for the past 17 years who also serves as vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees' National Border Patrol Council. While guarding the 60 miles of border between Mexico and the San Diego...

2014-08-07 16:27:45

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) today lauded President Obama's signing of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. The bill will provide billions of dollars in resources to improve the staffing levels and facilities at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131120/MM21150LOGO With the leadership of Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie...

2014-08-01 16:23:56

Largest VA employees union praises activists, whistleblowers for exposing true nature of waitlist crisis WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr., issued the following statement after the House and Senate passed legislation to strengthen resources and accountability within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): "We applaud Senator Sanders for his leadership and persistence in delivering this...

2014-07-31 20:24:08

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement regarding the newly released final rule on poultry slaughter inspection: "The Obama administration's final poultry slaughter inspection rule - which was crafted by USDA and approved by OMB - will destroy effective oversight of our country's poultry slaughterhouses. This final rule will remove 800 federal inspectors...

2014-07-30 12:28:49

AFGE member sees union as champion of workers and a stabilizing force in the community WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a time when union membership has been on a decline, a groundswell of workers, from teachers to fast-food workers, organized and unorganized, have taken action against union busting and poor working conditions. The actions of these workers is partly what inspired Suzanne McBride, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2206...

2014-07-17 12:32:03

AFGE urges government to allow public comment on rule before enactment WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees says the public should be allowed to review and comment on a U.S Department of Agriculture plan to overhaul the poultry inspection system before the rule takes effect. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131120/MM21150LOGO USDA submitted a revised version of the rule to the Office of Management and Budget on...

2014-06-24 12:28:34

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees strongly urges the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement enhanced whistleblower protections following the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC)'s letter to President Obama regarding ongoing deficiencies at VA facilities. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131120/MM21150LOGO The letter from OSC's Carolyn Lerner outlines the problematic practice of the VA's failure to take...

2014-06-23 16:25:23

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new video from the American Federation of Government Employees documents the staffing and resource shortages at Department of Veterans Affairs' medical centers that are impacting access to care for our nation's veterans. The video is at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL-MksU9SkQ AFGE represents 220,000 VA employees nationwide, including front-line doctors, nurses and support staff. For more information,...

2014-06-20 20:20:50

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees today sent letters to lawmakers working out differences between Senate and House VA health care bills urging their support to provide needed resources to improve staffing at the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) medical centers. AFGE supports the Senate version of H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care Act of 2014. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131120/MM21150LOGO In the...


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