Earlier this year, Congress passed the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act that resulted from frustration on patient wait times and other issues at the VA, which is struggling with inadequate budgets and staffing levels. The law delivered a serious blow to the due process rights of federal employees who work at the VA. In addition, it narrows their collective bargaining rights at the agency. There is a move by some in Congress to extend these same provisions to other agencies across the federal government. We strongly oppose such efforts, and believe that such actions would revert the current civil service system into the spoils system, where one retains his or her job at the favor of one’s superiors. Further it would be a personnel system where employees would not be safe from undeserved discipline or retaliation.
NTEU will continue to speak out against such actions, and is working with our allies on Capitol Hill to keep these proposals from advancing.