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Americans across the nation are memorializing the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Nearly 3,000 people were killed that day and thousands more injured.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the September 2006 issue of Air Line Pilot magazine. 

Statement from AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig on Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie criticizing the notion that the ongoing partial government shutdown may lead to suicides among veterans:

The Union Veterans Council is astonished by VA Secretary Wilke’s statement that goes against supporting data, research studies and the majority of mental health experts specializing in veterans health. This is an outrageous attempt to distract from the very serious crisis that tens of thousands of veterans have been hurled into with no end in sight.

The National Union Veterans Council is calling on all local Union Veterans and supporters to stand side-by-side with the nearly quarter of a million veterans that work for the federal government and are currently furloughed or working without pay.

Financial Instability Is Major Cause of Veterans’ Suicides

Statement from AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig on the government shutdown:

It is disgraceful that an estimated 248,400 veterans across the country are not receiving paychecks because of dysfunction in Washington, D.C. Our veterans who continue to serve by protecting our borders, guarding prisoners and stopping terrorist attacks at airports do not deserve to be used as political pawns. 

The holiday season is upon us and we are once again reaching out to our members with a call to action. The Union Veterans Council is excited to announce that we’re piloting a Holiday Community Outreach Program. Many of our nation’s veterans are living in extended care, state-run, VA retirement homes and facilities, many of them in your communities(Click HERE to find a location in your community). Unfortunately, these veterans are often overlooked during the holiday’s.

Today the Union Veterans Council (UVC), AFL-CIO, announced the launch of UVC’s Labor 2018 support program. There has never been a more vital time for working class veterans and families to make our voices heard in the halls of power.

“The Union Veterans Council has drawn a line in the sand for working class veterans and our families,” said Will Attig, Executive Director of the UVC. “We are fighting to ensure that our veterans have a say in our own economic freedom and future.”

This Labor Day, enjoy your family and but come together on Tuesday morning and stand with your brothers and sisters to fight for a future that works for all Americans.
Statement from Will Attig, Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO on President Trump canceling pay raises for civilian federal workers.

First Union Veterans Chapter in Pennsylvania will advocate for local veterans.

The National Union Veterans Council (UVC), AFL-CIO today announced the formation of the first local chapter of the UVC in Pennsylvania at the Allegheny Central Labor Council. This local Union Veterans Chapter will act as a support organization for union veterans in its service area.