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(JULY 15, 2019)
In order to further improve the lines of communication and to respond to the concerns between the National VA Council and you our members, I have established a National VA Council Briefing. This NVAC Briefing will bring you the latest news and developments within DVA and provide you with the current status of issues this Council is currently addressing. I believe that this NVAC Briefing will greatly enhance the way in which we communicate and the way in which we share new information, keeping you better informed.
Alma L. Lee
National VA Council, President
In This Briefing: Contract Negotiations Update, Week 6
Last week we signed one article, Article 38 – Uniforms. Make no doubt about this, the VA has no intentions of involving the union in any article of value in the Master Agreement.
Management was asked “What do you see as the Union’s role in VA?” They had no answer, except the repetition of all articles presented so far.
Management said, “the articles take away management rights.” “The articles infringe on management rights.”
They have no plan to replace the articles when they strike them in their entirety. They have no plans for employees except to take away the rights of employees.
Management “has the discretion to cancel your leave” and they want no restrictions on such discretion either. Another proposal was that all communications between the Union and the Department will occur at the national level, including but not limited to grievances and ULPs.
These management negotiators do not care about employee rights. They feel that they own you and you should do what they say and want. Their proposals are so complicated, that managers are going to have a hard time implementing their proposals at the local level, should they succeed.
Remember, management does not care about employees at the VA. They have their marching orders from the current administration.
Be sure to wear RED every Wednesday. A RED shirt, tie, scarf, button, whatever.