Friday, September 22, 2023

Welcome to AFGE Local 17

AFGE Local 17 is the sole contractual representative for all Bargaining Unit employees for VA Central Office (VACO).

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VACO Safety Protocols

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Community Level for Washington, DC has changed from LOW to MEDIUM. This change results in the following safety protocols for VA Central Office (VACO) effective Monday, May 23, 2022, and until further notice: Read More >>

Announcing Local 17's Attorney Rehabilitation and Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) Mission

Any attorney who either feels uncertain about his/her production status or has received a letter of counseling for quantity and/or quality is encouraged to reach out to the Chair of the Attorney Rehabilitation and PIP Committee without delay. Time is of the essence to lay the Groundwork with management for a turnaround. Please click the button below to learn more about the Rehabilitation Committee and how you can get help.

Rehabilitation Committee Meeting

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I would like to share my fond appreciation for Calanit Kadem, my AFGE union representative who has worked tirelessly for over 5 years advocating for me. During my employment at VA OSDBU I have experienced countless incidents of stressful and unfair treatment. She has been extremely instrumental in supporting me verbally, in writing, or just her quiet but strong presence. She saved me from being fired from my job and represented me with a win in an EEOC settlement against VA OSDBU. I could not have been successful without her impeccable attention to detail and fighting for justice on my behalf as well as many others.