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2014-06-10 12:33:37

AFGE asks lawmakers to support amendment preventing industry takeover of poultry inspections WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees is calling on House lawmakers to prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture from implementing a new poultry inspection system that would jeopardize worker and food safety and put the American public at risk. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131120/MM21150LOGO Rep. Rosa DeLauro of...

2014-06-06 12:24:25

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) expressed cautious optimism about recently announced legislation aimed at improving staffing and addressing wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities. AFGE also applauds provisions to extend advance appropriations to the full VA budget, expand GI bill benefits and enhance medical services for victims of military sexual assault....

2014-06-05 12:31:24

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement regarding Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders' legislative action plan to address issues at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131120/MM21150LOGO "We laud Sen. Sanders' push to fix the long-standing problems that are at the root of the...

2014-05-30 16:24:42

Calls for immediate action to fill thousands of vacant health care positions at VA WASHINGTON, May 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement in response to the resignation of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131120/MM21150LOGO "AFGE strongly agrees with President Obama's statements on the need to hire more doctors...

2014-05-29 16:20:48

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Veterans Affairs (VA) Local 1738 Shop Steward Eric Jenkins testified today before the House Veterans Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs' hearing on evaluating the VA's performance in the service member transition process. Jenkins' testimony highlighted changes that should be made to the BDD, Quick Start and IDES programs, including issues...

2014-05-28 20:22:41

H.R. 4399 would devastate recruitment and retention of front-line clinicians providing care to veterans WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) issued a letter to members of Congress urging them to oppose H.R. 4399, which will be debated on the House floor this week. This legislation would make drastic and unnecessary changes to the pay of physicians and dentists working for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)....

2014-05-28 12:27:41

AFGE local president Paul Ferris discusses how civilian employees ensure Fort Bliss soldiers are ready for battle WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When active duty service members stationed at Ft. Bliss need medical attention, they rely on civilian employees at William Beaumont Army Medical Center to bring them back to health. Paul Ferris represents many of these civilian employees as president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2516 in El Paso,...

2014-05-13 16:29:11

AFGE demands protections for employees willing to speak out on management malfeasance WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to end the culture of fear that has plagued the agency and negatively impacted veterans' care. As recent headlines suggest, some management officials have been 'gaming the system' to artificially inflate performance statistics in their...

2014-05-07 12:27:39

AFGE member and VA Loan Specialist Christopher Lee Castle helps veterans like himself every day WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christopher Lee Castle joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2008, eager to give back to the military community after having served in the Marine Corps. It was the height of the Great Recession, and Christopher's job as a loan specialist in the Veterans Benefits Administration meant he was soon counseling veterans and family...

2014-05-06 16:33:45

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees and its National Veterans Affairs Council (NVAC) today applauded the leadership of Rep. Adam Schiff of California for his introduction of the "Improving Clinical Care Workforce for Our Vets Act," legislation that would restore equal bargaining rights to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care professionals. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20131120/MM21150LOGO Under the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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