President’s Message

Stop the Attacks on Federal Employees

It is unbelievably frustrating and disappointing that members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) are under attack once again. What’s even more disheartening is that the attack is being led by a member of Tennessee’s own Congressional delegation. Under H.R. 1259, which is sponsored by Congressman Phil Roe (TN-1), due process rights for employees who work at the VA are on the chopping block. Those who are accused of alleged misconduct or alleged poor performance would be easily demoted, suspended or even fired. Even worse, if a VA employee is convicted of a felony that is supposedly job-related, all retirement benefits and bonuses could be taken back. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how detrimental this bill is for VA employees. Two other pieces of legislation (H.R. 1364 and H.R. 1461) would be just as harmful to federal workers in other agencies such as the Department of Defense and Social Security Administration and would affect the tireless services that they perform every day.

We are proud to represent AFGE members, many of whom work at VA medical centers, clinics, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and national cemeteries throughout the state of Tennessee. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, and we stand with our brothers and sisters as they fight back against these senseless attempts to undermine their critical work.


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