Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, from Chumuckla, Florida, and the chairperson of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs recently spoke out in an opinion piece on how the Federation of Government Employees union (FGEU) bosses and VA bosses have rigged the Veterans Administration system that continues to fail veterans.
Back in February 2016, the Daily Caller reported that the American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox had threatened Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald with physical violence and in turn, McDonald did nothing about it.
“I like Bob McDonald,” J. David Cox, head of the American Federation of Government Employees, said, while delivering a rousing speech at a union conference in Washington, D.C., Sunday. “I’m prepared to work with Bob McDonald. But, I am also prepared to whoop Bob McDonald’s a*s. He’s going to start treating us as the labor partner … or we will whoop his a*s, I promise you.”
What Cox did not know what that he was being recorded and the Daily Caller obtained a copy of that recording.
Miller stated, “The exchange perfectly encapsulates the corrosive influence government union bosses are having on efforts to reform a broken VA. It’s a never-ending cycle in which pliant politicians and federal agency leaders bow to the bosses’ demands to preserve the dysfunctional status quo of our federal personnel system, which almost guarantees employment for government bureaucrats no matter how egregious their behavior.”
“The problem with union bosses like Cox is that they are more interested in protecting misbehaving VA employees than the veterans the department was created to serve, “said Miller. “ The problem with VA leaders like McDonald is that, in their perpetual quest to placate big labor’s powers that be, the taxpayers and veterans they are charged with serving are paying the price.”
“It’s no wonder McDonald was silent after Cox’s violent threats. Cox’s bellicose behavior is precisely the type of employee conduct VA leaders and union bosses routinely defend.”
Miller pointed out one such case where the Federation of Government Employees Union protected a VA employee, at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System employee who AFGE helped to keep her job after she participated in an armed robbery.
“Unwilling to admit the crucial role AFGE union bosses played in helping the criminal keep her job, VA has offered a series of outrageous excuses in order to explain her continued employment, “Miller stated.
“There was never any indication that the employee posed a risk to Veterans or VA property,” VA Under Secretary for Health David Shulkin said, adding that the employee couldn’t be terminated for her armed robbery participation because it occurred in her free time.”
“And so it goes at VA, where union and VA bosses fight to maintain a system in which corrupt and incompetent employees have more rights than the veterans they are charged with serving, “Miller said.
“Meanwhile, veterans and taxpayers are paying the price.”
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