Unions decry VA bill as a broader attack on federal workers

Federal Times: WASHINGTON — Lawmakers see the new Veterans Affairs accountability legislation moving through Congress as a way to make much needed but mostly technical changes to employment rules for that department.

Union officials see is as an attack on federal workers nationwide.

Labor representatives are pushing back strongly against what they see as opponents’ attempts to use VA policies as a way to jump start wholesale reforms to government employment rules, promotion schedules and worker protections. They insist the push has less to do with helping veterans than it does with marginalizing unions across federal agencies.

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