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November 9, 2013

VARO workers reject union representation

Veterans Affairs Regional Office workers in Muskogee rejected representation by the American Federation of Government Employees.

Nearly 70 percent of the 1,271 eligible workers, or 889 employees cast ballots in the election. Of those ballots, 714 voted against union representation while 175 supported efforts to organize the facility.

AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. thanked all the employees who voted, saying the effort gave officials an opportunity to reconnect with “activists ... who have shown support for AFGE.”

“While we didn’t get the votes we needed to become the exclusive representative at this VARO, we want employees to know that we will continue to show support for their desire to organize,” Cox said in a media release. “We are seeing a changing tide in this country where civil servants are fighting back against furloughs, pay freezes and other attacks on their pay and benefits.”

Muskogee’s regional office is the only unrepresented regional office in the country.

 

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