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VA Employees Need Staff Covid Numbers, More Transparency: Union

Dec. 16, 2020, 10:02 PM

The Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t sharing critical information about its response to the Covid-19 pandemic with its largest health-care worker union, local leaders with the American Federation of Government Employees said.

Representatives for workers at VA medical facilities aren’t getting enough information on the number of Covid-19 cases among staff members, or they suspect that the actual numbers are higher than what they’re being told, union officials told reporters during a conference call Wednesday.

“I’m concerned. I do believe the VA is downplaying the numbers,” said AFGE Local 3 President Gayle Griffin, who represents Milwaukee-based employees.

Griffin said she’s ...

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