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TSA Officers’ Union Says Agency Has Answered their Call for Increased Protective Equipment

Military and veterans groups rally in support of legislation to authorize construction of a memorial on the National Mall

(Dallas Tx). On Tuesday morning as Texas Union Veteran Sam Tijerina drove from Pasadena Tx to Dallas he had a lot on this mind. His thoughts wandered as he passed mile makers and towns, he thought about his young family at home and the life that having a union job has provided them.

“A union card changed my life and has allowed me to live with dignity,” Tijerina said that morning.

After coming home from the Army, Union Veteran Council Executive Director Will Attig struggled to find his place. “I came home without a job, a degree, or a future”, Attig said. That changed when he found a National Building Trades Registered Apprenticeship Program and became a Journeyman Pipefitter with the UA.

In a strongly worded letter, the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO has urged members of Congress to pass the Raise the Wage Act, which will directly improve the lives of more than 1.3 million American veterans currently earning less than 15 dollars an hour. 

This vote gives our lawmakers a clear choice to either support America’s veterans, or once again overlook the reality that these patriots face every day. We truly hope they stand with us, as we stood for our country in uniform. 

32 days and counting 

For those not affected by the Government shutdown it may seem like a distant battle being fought in Washington D.C., Though, for the millions of workers who are feeling the effects it is a crisis that is playing out in homes, on job sites and whittling away at the bank accounts of families all across this country. Imagine being forced to go to work every day without getting paid for the job you’re doing. Imagine having to choose between putting gas in your car so you can make it to work or putting food on the table for your family.

VA Secretary Wilkie should be ashamed for attacking veteran, AFGE leaders say

WASHINGTON – Leaders with the American Federation of Government Employees are calling out Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie for disparaging a disabled combat veteran who shared his firsthand accounts of veterans who are suffering extreme financial hardships under this unprecedented government shutdown.

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.