The VA is Not for Profit

From the AFL-CIO

Members of the Union Veterans Council are calling on Congress to stop a scheme to privatize and dismantle major portions of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a long held goal of Wall Street investors seeking to profit on the backs of our veterans.

America’s labor unions demand that our lawmakers fully fund the VA and stop the plan to close VA clinics and hospitals and privatize services, because America must keep its promise to our brave service members.

Billionaire-backed groups want to privatize all federal services so Wall Street investors can reap massive profits from our tax dollars, and the newest effort to tear up the Department of Veterans Affairs is a key example.

America’s veterans count on the specialized care provided by the VA.

Independent studies from the Rand Corporation and others have shown that VA facilities consistently have provided better health outcomes for patients, when compared to private-sector health care institutions.

Veterans themselves overwhelmingly reject the privatization of the VA and prefer to receive care at VA hospitals and clinics.

2.3%: That’s how few private health care providers in New York meet the criteria for effectively serving veterans, which underscores the danger of privatizing the VA.

America’s labor unions have a clear message: It’s time for Congress to look at the facts, listen to veterans, stop the rush to privatize and enact a plan to fully fund the VA.

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Union Matters

Members of Local 7798 achieve major goal with workplace violence policy

From the USW

Workers at Copper Country Mental Health Services in Houghton, Mich., obtained wage increases and pension improvements in their contract ratified earlier this year, but the benefit Local 7798 members were most proud of bargaining was language regarding workplace violence.

The contract committed the employer to appoint a committee, including two members of the local, to draft a workplace violence policy. Work quickly began on the policy, and just last week, the committee drafted and released its first clinical guideline focusing on responding to consumer aggression toward staff.

“We are so excited to have this go into effect,” said Unit Chair Rachelle Rodriguez of Local 7798. “This was a direct result of our last negotiating session.”

The guideline includes the definition of aggression and an outline of procedures, all of which will be reviewed yearly. And though this is just a first step in reducing the incident rates and harm of workplace violence in their workplace, it still is a big one for the local, and it wouldn’t have been possible without a collective bargaining agreement.

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