Tell Congress to Oppose the Attack on Federal Workers

Federal Workers, including IAM government employees and National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) members need your help now.

Tell your Representative to Vote “NO” on H.R. 1461. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

The IAM and the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) are calling on all members to contact their Representatives to demand that they vote “NO” on the VET Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 1461). Introduced by Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) and further amended by Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), the bill breaks the independent voice of unions and employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs, under the guise of improving accountability.   

The bill as amended will cap official time and representation at 25% for all employees, and prohibit all employees who provide direct care or make more than $100,000 in base salary from serving in official time capacities.  In addition, it extends probationary periods for new employees to two years, discourages direct communication with Congress, and allows union members to drop their dues at any time. 

H.R. 1461 intends to break unions and cut their influence at the VA, and it aims to weaken the rights of federal employees first at the VA, then everywhere.

This bill could go to the House Floor the week of June 5th so NOW is the time to contact your Representative to tell them to say “NO” to H.R. 1461.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

The IAM and NFFE-IAM represent more than 100,000 federal workers. Tell your representative to vote no on these attacks on federal workers.