AFL-CIO fights VA privatization
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Oct 24, 2017
The AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Government Employees have joined efforts to prevent privatizing veterans’ health care and to restore due process rights for VA workers.
On Oct. 24, at a AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention, delegates adopted two resolutions in support of workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs; one that would to oppose the privatization of veterans’ health care services and another to help AFGE restore due process rights for VA employees.
“Ever since the waitlist scandal at the Phoenix VA, it’s been open season on VA employees,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement, adding, “Very few people know that the scandal was brought to light by AFGE bargaining unit employees – whistleblowers – who knew that their bosses were manipulating the data in order to qualify for big bonuses.”
The groups particular oppose the expansion of the CHOICE program, which allows vets to receive care outside of the VA health system.
He continued, “Yet that scandal has been used by politicians of both parties to justify not only privatization, but also the weakening of our civil service protections and collective bargaining rights.”
Read the full statement here.