Ignoring worker worries about being railroaded out of their jobs, the Senate voted June 6 for legislation to make firing Department of Veterans Affairs rank-and-file employees easier. With bipartisan support, it passed by voice vote. When the GOP-run Congress agrees on a final version, GOP President Donald Trump is expected to sign it. The Senate measure replaced a GOP-passed House bill with draconian procedures against the agency’s workers, but the Senate bill still dismayed AFGE President J. David Cox, whose union represents most of VA’s 230,000 workers. The legislation, Cox fears, targets workers, not managers implicated in VA scandals three years ago. “We just want to make sure that the overwhelming majority of excellent VA employees don’t get caught up in the mix,” Cox said. - PAI News
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