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AFGE: Veterans' Health Care Bill 'Critical First Step' in Addressing VA Failures

Spurred by the recent revelations about long waiting lists, denied critical health care for military veterans, management cover-ups and other serious problems at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and health care facilities, Senate and House leaders have agreed on veterans' health care funding and reform package.

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AFGE Applauds Move to Reduce Federal Prison Overcrowding

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AFGE issued a release today in support of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's (USSC's) unanimous vote on Friday to allow federal prisoners serving time for low-level drug offenses to apply for early release. Overcrowding in federal prisons has become a significant problem in recent decades. AFGE notes that federal prison incarceration levels have risen 50% since 2000, and nearly 900% since 1980, much of it relating to drug sentences. The federal prison system is overcrowded by an average of 43%, with some prisons being much higher, and this increases dangers for both correctional officers working in the prisons and inmates.

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Unions Celebrate LGBTQ Progress; Look Toward Continuing Challenges

In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, the AFL-CIO and Pride At Work hosted a panel discussion Monday that surveyed efforts by various unions in advancing LGBTQ rights and discussed ongoing challenges that unions face in advancing the rights of LGBTQ workers. In particular, panel participants talked about the need of unions to become more inclusive, to increase efforts to protect transgender workers and to fight for state laws that prevent employers from firing workers for their sexual orientation or gender expression.

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Give Veterans the Health Care They Deserve, Staff the VA

The recent revelations of long waiting lists for military veterans seeking treatment at Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities and of management cover-ups has prompted AFGE to again call on Congress to fully staff the VA in order to provide the health care veterans deserve.

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The Biggest Change to Social Security You've Never Heard About

The Biggest Change to Social Security You've Never Heard About

There's been lots of debate and discussion lately about how to shore up Social Security for future generations. But already there are dramatic changes underway that threaten to end Social Security as we know it—yet almost no one has even heard of it.

The plan is called Vision 2025, and every working American has a stake in it.

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Loudly and Proudly, Moral Monday Calls for Workers’ Rights

 

After a North Carolina judge struck down the “imminent disturbance” gag rule aimed at silencing Moral Monday demonstrators, more than 1,000 rallied for workers’ rights at the state Capitol yesterday evening. Several hundred, led by North Carolina union members, marched into the building loudly chanting and singing their demands that the legislature roll back its extremist measures that have attacked voting rights, education, the environment, unemployed workers, health care and women's rights.

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I Am AFGE: Meet Paul Ferris

Paul Ferris is the president of AFGE Local 2516 in El Paso, Texas. He and the other members of his unit work at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, treating active duty service members who are between tours of duty or preparing to go overseas. The latest episode of the "I Am AFGE" video series takes a look at the work Paul and his fellow AFGE members do on behalf of our troops.

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Want to End Secret Wait Lists? Staff the VA

Want to End Secret Wait Lists? Staff the VA

The public's outrage over excessive wait times and rigged record keeping at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals is more than justified. As a former VA nurse, I understand all too well that depriving veterans of timely access to care is a disservice to them and their sacrifice to this nation.

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I Am AFGE: Christopher Lee Castle Serves Veterans Facing Difficult Times

The latest entry in the "I Am AFGE'" series takes a look at Christopher Lee Castle, a former Marine, who took a job with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2008 so he could give back to his fellow veterans. Castle is a loan specialist outside of Denver and he frequently works with veterans and their family members, particularly when they are going through foreclosures and tough economic times. When not helping veterans, he's vice president of AFGE Local 1557.

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Is There a Filthy Chicken in Your Future?

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In 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed a new poultry inspection rule that not only would replace 40% of the current USDA-trained food safety inspectors with poultry company employees, but would speed up the processing lines by 25%.    

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