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The Columbus Dispatch: Portman, Coburn grill VA about employees performing union duties on taxpayer dime

By Jessica Wehrman

June 05, 2013


Sens. Rob Portman and Tom Coburn say they want to know why the Department of Veterans Affairs pays employees to perform union duties instead of official government work.

Portman, R-Ohio, and Coburn, R-Okla., say they’re concerned about the backlog of claims, and say they want the VA to clarify policies for union employees of the VA. The VA between January 2012 and February 2013 has had 188 employees work on union work who could’ve been processing veterans’ benefit claims, they said.

In their letter, sent to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, they say that allowing veterans to do union work on taxpayer time does little to help eliminate the backlog.

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