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  • AFGE: Washington's Real Witch Hunt Is Attacking Federal Workers - 05-19-17
    Print Icon May 18, 2017

    By Doug Cunningham

    Republicans generally claim to hate government regulations, but tend to want to tightly regulate or abolish union rights - most often with the goal of weakening labor unions financially and politically.

    One case in point is HR 1461.

    The anti-union bill by Texas Republican Rep. Jodey Arrington seeks to weaken and cripple AFGE - the union representing VA workers.

    AFGE President David Cox Sr. says this bill undermines both federal workers and Veteran's Administration health care. HR 1461 attacks "official time" - a collective bargaining agreement to allow VA workers in AFGE time to work on official union business.

    It also goes after automatic dues deductions to attack AFGE's finances.

    Cox says official time is one of the best ways "for federal employees to bring forward evidence of waste, fraud, and abuse." Cox says AFGE uses official time to protect whistleblowers on issues large and small.

    Cox says AFGE is sick and tired of the witch-hunt in Washington that's putting federal workers under attack. He says the sole intention of HR1461 is to "break the back of the union and undermine federal employee's rights at work."

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