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Federal Unions and Employee Group News

AFGE commends DOJ decision to phase out contract prisons

A union that represents federal correctional employees applauded a Justice Department decision to phase out the use of privately operated prisons.

OPM issues final rule on disabled veteran leave

The Office of Personnel Management on Aug. 5 published its final rule implementing disabled veteran leave.

APWU releases summary of contract details

The American Postal Workers Union this week published an online summary that provides basic details on major provisions of its new collective bargaining agreement with the U.S. Postal Service.

NWS union alleges unfair labor practice

A labor group has filed an unfair labor practice charge against National Weather Service management, alleging that NWS is engaging in illegal surveillance of private discussions on the union’s members-only Facebook page.

AFGE rejects plans to revamp VA healthcare

The American Federation of Government Employees union, joined by health professionals and partner unions, has issued a position paper pressing Congress to reject the revamp of veterans healthcare called for by the Commission on Care.

NARFE: 'Stunned and angered' at spike in federal long term care insurance

The Office of Personnel Management has announced a large spike in premiums that federal employees will have to pay for long term care insurance—and one of the largest federal employees organizations has responded in anger.

Union condemns plan to close down Bureau of Prisons factories

The federal Bureau of Prisons recently announced plans to shut down some 25 factories nationwide—factories that make millions of dollars of domestically produced clothing, eye wear, furniture, services and license plates—and unions and the employees they represent are pushing back.

Unions push back against calls for creation of new VA Care System

Early this month, the so-called Commission on Care—a panel created under a 2014 law seeking answers on how best to deliver veterans healthcare—issued its final report, calling for a major shake-up to the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. Since the report’s release, there has been growing controversy and—among federal employee unions and other major stakeholders—mostly opposition to the commission’s recommendations.

APWU gets new contract

The American Postal Workers Union last week said that arbitration has resulted in a new contract with the U.S. Postal Service.

Event to spotlight data-driven recruitment

A major good governance nonprofit, the Partnership for Public Service, on July 19 will host an event to highlight and inform participants about how to use today’s vast wells of data to help fill federal jobs—efficiently and with the best applicants.

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