Tell the Senate to Reject Keystone Amendment That Hurts U.S. Ship Building

Tue. January 27, 2015

A short-sighted and harmful amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill in the U.S. Senate would end the U.S. ship building requirement of the Jones Act, severely damaging our defense capabilities and putting good-paying American jobs at risk.

Tell Congress to Vote NO on Fast Track For the TPP

Tue. January 27, 2015

Congress is pushing legislation that would "Fast Track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement - a secret deal negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and more than 600 corporate lobbyists.

A New and Improved VA Prescription Label

Mon. January 26, 2015

VA asked hundreds of Veterans to tell us what they liked and didn’t like about the labels on their prescriptions.

We heard you. The results led to this new patient-centric prescription label.

VA Announces the Appointment of New Members to Advisory Council

Mon. January 26, 2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the appointment of new members to the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses. VA will appoint Stephen L. Hauser, MD as committee chair for a term through September, 2016. Dr. Hauser is the Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. A neuroimmunologist, Dr. Hauser’s research has advanced the understanding of the genetic basis, immune mechanisms and treatment of multiple sclerosis.

Disability.gov’s Guide to Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery

Mon. January 26, 2015

Natural disasters and other types of emergencies can happen at any time. They might be man-made, such as a chemical spill, or weather-related, such as a tornado or hurricane, but whatever the cause, it’s important for people with disabilities to be prepared. This guide helps people with disabilities and their families and caregivers prepare for emergencies. It also includes information about the importance of including people with disabilities in preparing for emergencies.

Director of Organizing, Don Barker

Fri. January 23, 2015

An IAM member for more than 28 years, Barker initiated into Local Lodge 776A in 1986 as a production worker for General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin) in Fort Worth, TX. Barker was elected Conductor-Sentinel of his local and later Vice President of the Tarrant County Central Labor Council. Barker went on to serve as an Apprentice Organizer and Special Project Director to coordinate the AFL-CIO’s very successful multi-union San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Organizing Project. He served as a Grand Lodge Representative from 2005 through 2013 before being appointed Aerospace Coordinator on January 1, 2014.

On the road: moving toward a VA we can all be proud of

Fri. January 23, 2015

Sec. Bob McDonald recently spoke at the Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

While asking student Vets to join the ranks of VA and help create an organization of which everyone can be proud, McDonald laid out his three strategies for moving VA forward – restoring trust, improving service, and setting the course for long-term excellence and reform.