VA Chief Rescinds Some Bargaining Rights For Union Staff

Law360 (August 20, 2018, 7:25 PM EDT) -- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees can no longer use their collective bargaining rights to negotiate on certain professional conduct and patient care issues after VA Secretary Robert Wilkie rescinded a related memorandum of understanding, the VA announced Friday.

Wilkie has rescinded a 2010 MOU reached between the VA and four unions — National Nurses United, Service Employees International Union, National Federation of Federal Employees and National Association of Government Employees — that had allowed for collective bargaining on issues indirectly related to providers’ professional conduct or competence, according to the VA.

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