http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/14/va-labor-contract-favors-union-bureaucrats-over-vets-for-jobs/#ixzz3xDmfM9FIThe Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) union contract requires the agency hire bureaucrats over veterans for most jobs, despite federal laws and regulations that give vets hiring preference in the civil service.
The Master Agreement between the VA and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) states, “Prior to considering candidates from outside the bargaining unit, the department agrees to first consider internal candidates for selection … in all cases … first and full consideration shall be given to any best qualified candidates within the facility.”
Veterans are supposed to get “preference points” against other applicants under federal civil service hiring rules. At the VA, such points are negated by a hard-and-fast rule that a job can’t go to anyone unless no qualified union member wants it.
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