Jeffrey David Cox Union President

Head of the largest federal union complained today about accountability legislation he claims would weaken veterans’ healthcare and reduce workers protection.

David Cox, head of the American Federation Of Government Employees (AFGE) pulled a chicken little, the sky is falling, complaint today against widely supported legislation sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

In statements to the Senate, he somehow tied a connection with healthcare that rings hollow to my ears – – saying that the legislation would not only reduce rights of federal employees while also harming veterans healthcare.

Just how does he draw the connection between greater accountability and worsening healthcare quality for veterans?

Your guess is as good as mine, and if you think like most veterans, you likely agree that VA still has a ways to go before being the top notch healthcare provider in the country that veterans deserve.

AFGE Union J. David Cox Speaks

“Rather than addressing the critical need to fill thousands of urgently needed positions at VA in order to better serve veterans, this cynical, ideologically driven bill seeks to fire more VA personnel,” J. David Cox, AFGE’s president, said Wednesday. “Talk about misplaced priorities.”

No logical, sane American who has watched the news over the past three years, with repeat stories of veterans being harmed or killed due to VA employee fraud, waste, and abuse, can come away thinking VA was adequately holding its leadership and employees accountable.

Both Democrats and Republicans support greater accountability for VA employees and the federal government as a whole. So, how is a bill with bipartisan support “ideologically driven” at this point?

It sure looks like the only party left clinging to ideology is Cox and his AFGE union – – support employees at all costs at the expense of veterans and American taxpayers.

“The VA can and should terminate people whose conduct or performance justifies termination,” Cox said. “But it is absolutely not necessary to destroy the foundation of the civil service in order to allow them to do so.”

What foundation is he talking about? What other Americans have the same employment protections federal employees have taken for granted for the past many decades?

“Whoop” Whose “Ass”?

For some time, AFGE and Cox have enjoyed a great deal of leeway in how the union interacted with VA. Cox even went so far as to say he would “whoop” former Secretary McDonald’s “ass” if McDonald did not get on board with what Cox wanted.

RELATED: AFGE Union President To ‘Whoop’ VA Secretary’s ‘Ass’

Can you believe that? He threatened bodily harm against a member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet.

What was the penalty? Nothing.

So should we respect the union’s position, telling us the sky is falling and that veterans healthcare quality will be diminished if he does not get his way?

Why? Maybe the Senate is remembering Cox’s statements about McDonald and looking to put this big shot back in his place?

Or, is there more to his statement – – like a threat?

Perhaps Cox is threatening to use techniques of sabotage by his union employees to bring about the very harm to healthcare he is warning against?

We know the CIA published its antique Simple Sabotage manual in 2012 originally created during WWII.

RELATED: CIA ‘Timeless Tips’ At Core Of Internal VA Sabotage?

In that manual, you will find what the CIA calls “timeless tips” from the field manual that include exactly what we are seeing inside VA right now straight from the CIA.gov website:

  1. Managers and Supervisors: To lower morale and production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work.
  2. Employees: Work slowly. Think of ways to increase the number of movements needed to do your job: use a light hammer instead of a heavy one; try to make a small wrench do instead of a big one.
  3. Organizations and Conferences: When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committees as large and bureaucratic as possible. Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done.
  4. Telephone: At office, hotel and local telephone switchboards, delay putting calls through, give out wrong numbers, cut people off “accidentally,” or forget to disconnect them so that the line cannot be used again.
  5. Transportation: Make train travel as inconvenient as possible for enemy personnel. Issue two tickets for the same seat on a train in order to set up an “interesting” argument.

Do any of the above “timeless tips” of sabotage look familiar?

Does it sound like something the AFGE union may be engaged in within VA hospitals and administrative facilities nationwide?

Back to accountability. If we can pass laws that help nip sabotage in the bud, I am all in. It is time to restore the Republic, starting with the federal government and the AFGE union.

How about that Mister Cox?

Source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/union-criticizes-bill-allowing-department-of-veterans-affairs-to-punish-bad-employees/article/2623403

Disgruntled Veteran

Good Article, Ben!

Following discussion.

Warhorse

“Lil” Cox….,. What a waste of DNA. Notice I didn’t say human. Fuck off AFGE, fuck off VA.

steven
Hello for Horace once again as always I call and call to see if my meds are coming or been thrown into the blitz,,, This time I got a great answer,,, I take also Riddilin for ADHD,,, and this nurse will trying to break this sending or they call it refill date on Friday Sat Sun or there other days they fill them out ,,, that it need to be sent out no later then Wed,,,, She says to me… Read more »
VA IS LYINF INC.

FAT PIG EAT YOUR BS SHIT

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

Amen, Brother Warhorse. This fat pig needs to be sent down the road; Maybe he can take Jimmy Hoffa’s old job and end up the same way as Big Mouth Jimmy did, under the foundation of the next VA memorial.

namnibor
“[…David Cox, head of the American Federation Of Government Employees (AFGE) pulled a chicken little, the sky is falling, complaint today against widely supported legislation sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). In statements to the Senate, he somehow tied a connection with healthcare that rings hollow to my ears – – saying that the legislation would not only reduce rights of federal employees while also harming veterans healthcare. Just how does he draw the connection between greater accountability and worsening… Read more »
91Veteran

Does that hat have a nice ass print on it? Asshat?

As long as DBC’s exist in the VA, I don’t give a shit about poor VA employees losing what they claim are their rights.

namnibor

We are talking about the petulant child called the VA. And yes, definitely an ass print on that hat making it an Asshat. Everybody that’s anybody in D.C. wear them while riding their Stairmaster in the mornings. I say that because Isaacson seems to cater to the AFGE Piggies as well as the other Asshats.

Word of the day…Asshat. (somewhat of a shit sandwich, but a hat that’s not all splat)

James Gallegos

Thank you for your support

Isaac Decatur
AFGE is a JOKE. Veterans Affairs “Blacklisted” Mr. Ralph Sanders, Mr. Isaac Decatur, Mr. Morsie Porter, Mr. Willie Savone, Mr. Warner Robinson and Ms. Julia Slater. Ms. Jeanette Butler, the woman who approved the “Blacklist” and Ms. Cassandra Holliday. the woman who prepared the “Blacklist” covered – up by OEDCA, ORM, GENERAL COUNSEL, ASSISTANCE GENERAL COUNSEL, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES, EEOC. Cassandra Holliday, was union president at the New Orleans, Louisiana, VAMC before she was hired in environmental management by Ms.… Read more »
ralph

Isaac we know EEOC is Rigged they are discriminating against people of color. The VA will continue to discriminate

Ex va

Great va bad art!!!! Today has been a funny one on this blog. Thank you!!!

Timothy Ramos
VA can’t get worse. I’ve filed complaints, have proof of Medical Director here in Prescott, lied to Congressman Gosar and Senator McCain. While I suffer and am almost bedridden, because VA would rather me be on 240mgs of Oxy x 3 daily with Valium x3 a day xBalofen, instead of N FDA Approved devise that I have had 2 positive trials with. Allowing me to cut back on Opiates, but they would rather I overdose than treat me right. Breaking… Read more »
James Gallegos

Nothing newer anything in the works to update these

There is a lot needs updating !

Gettem

Aahh yes. America’s favorite pasttime…

The good ole union. Unions are like aids, useless. The VA will never be worthy unless it is taken over literally and figuratively by veterans themselves….

Hang this SOB over a vat of acid, having all other VA employees/criminals watch…..

Rich B

I guess your not aware many if not most of the VA employees are veterans.

james gallegos

Are you saying the veteran employee’s are the problem or are the veterans the scape goats again. Where do most of these veterans work. How many are causing the problems.

If any Veteran employee harming other veterans will have equal oppurinity and will be held accountable.

NiteWish

Rich B, guess your not aware Clause in VA’s bargaining agreement w/AFGE requires the agency to give first & full consideration to current federal employees before hiring veterans.
Housekeeping! Clean-up chow hall! Housekeeping!
“http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/05/interactive-who-runs-the-va-not-veterans/”

James Gallegos
Cox forgot the old rules got is here and employees took full advantage of it to the point veterans lives were effected “death’s” Death panels and disruptive committee to cut the back log down. There is no one in the VA that can justify any of this. They can keep trying, but they forget other’s are pretty smart and can see through their decete. The new Secretary better watch out or Cox will kick his ass too. ! Let’s call… Read more »
steven

why is the PTSD don’t need no help in living conditions,,,, what do you think throw us in cages,,,, believe it or not ,,, our lives have a horriable life being around civilization,,, and if we do venture in ,,, its first take a deep breath and hold it ,,, and practice it,,, so that we can be of not noticed,,,, and go back to our caves,,, and be beatean up by our PTSD 24/7

Hannah Reitsch
“ptsd” is actually brain damage. someone posted an article here about showing that ptsd is begin-stage Alzheimers. my research demonstrates that the stress reaction causes brain damage. now it’s verified by this article. it was just a few days ago; i can’t remember the thread. organic brain damage. nerves, tissue, cell walls, signalling biochemicals, neurotransmitters … all those things we need to live a life? damaged. now if that isn’t funny enough, the best treatment of all, for all these… Read more »
James Gallegos
So me being shot in the head has nothing to do with PTSD. So PTSD is a pre existing condition and therefore the VA should deny all treatment. Seeing people killed or having to kill someone, bombs going off has nothing to do with PTSD. They are trying to make PTSD a pre existing condition and want to take away veterans disability and have an excuse to deny even more veterans. Jeff sessions is trying to make medical MJ illegal… Read more »
steven
MY DAD was shot in the left top side of head and paralyzed his whole right side,, that was the Korea war,,, then the VA tried to make him work a desk job,,, right ,,, instead he worked with no or small disability belive it or not for a farmer who he made very wealth by only using his left side,,,, then I got drafted Viet Naum and came back with PTSD,,, for what I did,,, and my life has… Read more »
NiteWish
Steven, the best advice my father gave to me when he realized he was old, alone & done for was don’t run your children off. My daughter & her 5 kids are estranged living in a different state as my self-medication caused an unpleasant childhood at times. I managed I believe to keep my 3 sons close only because they went into the military & now have understanding. We all cry, no shame in that. If you don’t already have… Read more »
James Gallegos
Steve you are not alone and you should file for a disability for you or your dad. You post sounds like the person you are speaking about is yourself. Steve you have done nothing wrong and do not think you have. I understand exactly what you have been through. The VA denied me my deserved disability, telling a lie that my military record’s being distroyed and told me to find people who can prove what I told them happened. I… Read more »
OLDMARINE

Cox even went so far as to say he would “whoop” former Secretary McDonald’s “ass” if McDonald did not get on board with what Cox wanted…I bet i could knock out that fuck with one punch. can anyone get me an appointment with him..LOL

namnibor

@OLDMARINE- For visual amusement may I suggest: Cox being covered with 2 gallons of raw honey then immediately airdrop a few bushels of field corn, then release a few hundred hungry crows all the while Cox is standing on Texas’s largest Fire Ant Mound. Pop popcorn and enjoy. 🙂 (may want to pop the popcorn first because the crows will be rather quick)

Jo3n
If the AFGE and Cox believe accountability will harm Veterans health care, they should leave the VA. Go steal from someone else. I have never seen a situation like the VA. All three parts of the VA have become distant from their purpose. To serve Veterans. They know it. Why do Veterans have to take this SHIT? Our feelings and our concerns and every thing we think is subject to our accountability. Who the fuck they think they are? Ungrateful… Read more »
Dennis

@Jo3n,

“…they should leave the VA. ”

they ARE the VA.

cj

I have already said all I need to about this piece of shit, ” lil Cox” ••D. Only thing that fat fuck face, double chin asshole, is good for, is target practice.

ANutterVet

@cj – Where is your signature art work? The postings on each of Ben’s articles aren’t the same anymore. I know, you’re super frustrated and waiting for things to change. We all are. Your health comes first Bro. God bless you.

Angela
Yep, Benjamin, thanks for the update with this article. Yes, this is exactly what the Dims do they act like babies because they do not get their way. This is what the Dims are doing right now because they did not get their way with winning this election. The Dims lost. So now they are obstructionists and sabatogists towards anything accountable, ethical, and humane. AFGE union President David Cox is acting just like these Democrat winers. I can’t even believe… Read more »
Angela

I meant Dims and AFGE union whining. I misspelled my word in my previous post. And too, I meant crying foul by Dims and AFGE union. Or is it crying wolf? I forget.

Angela

But honestly, though, AFGE union needs to be eliminated.

Underwater basket weaver specialist
Underwater basket weaver specialist

Afge little cox has no delegated or implied authority to advocate on behalf of veterans’ medical care. STFU little cox. At least be a man and say who you really care about, your minions and their membership dues.

namnibor

We really need another Pres. Reagan air traffic controller’s union disbandment to take place with entire leeches of the clan named AFGE. Maybe the answer to ridding the planet of ISIS is sending the AFGE over to Middle East? Do pigs like sand? Sand Pigs. I hear the .locals just LOVE pork. 🙂

ANutterVet

Yep! All rightie, lets clean house, NOW! @Namnibor, would you like me to write my dissertation?

Ex va

@ANutterVet, ROFL!!!!?????!!

91Veteran
How is it ideologically driven? Little Cox doesn’t give a shit whether that is a lie or not, but it sounds good to the idiots who would blindly support him. A lot of what Little Cox is spouting off about is not for Congress or veterans, but for those who believe the most important thing in their life is the union they belong to. His later comment about harming civil service is an example of that. Friggin drama queen. If… Read more »
Angela
@91Veteran, Yes, agree with you. All this AFGE union President is concerned about is his union. This is why he also was touting for the hiring of many more VA employees. He wants to majorly increase the size of the AFGE Union which would most definitely further build a fatter and sloppier government. The AFGE union President does not care about the veterans at all. His calls for the hiring of more VA employees is only for the sole purpose… Read more »
Jack cox anonymously-anomalies
The VA is an EXCELLANT opportunity waiting to happen. The world medical system are stuck in a legal-medical-insurancefraud-academic caste system. Driven by technology of yesteryear. Divided into the unbreakable barrier of horizontal integration, dominated by a coding system incapable of VERTICALLY INTEGRATIONS whereby modern information systems can be used to provide medical providers with a realtime look at total human physiology directing us into valid diagnosis and proper treatments that include the latest technology in every so-called Medical Field of… Read more »
Angela
Yep, hear you Jack Cox. From your persepective, if alpha numeric variables and more of an information systems approach were utilized within the VA’s healthcare mission, yes, more exactness would definitely start happening which is concrete. And too, with exactness being produced, yes, we can better dictate the healthcare path with aligning the treatments to the Medical conditions of the individual. As for the current healthcare, most is abstract which allows opinions and biases to come into play. Although, the… Read more »
Angela
Changing the subject. I am very happy that the FBI Director James Comey has been removed. The former IRS official Lois Learner needs to be investigated as well. She has called for a lawsuit to seal her record at the IRS. I do not agree. With all the conservatives, she has burned and has made life miserable for, Lois Learner needs to be held accountable as well. And many more need to be held accountable. Democrats need to stop obstructing… Read more »
Angela
I absolutely despise the AFGE union, the Democrats & liberals, Liberal Republicans, and leftists American media. They do not give a shit about this country nor the American people which includes all veterans. These groups of people are only concerned with lining their pockets, robbing the American people, and fostering themselves. These groups of people are all me people with being all out for themselves and to hell with rebuilding this country and assisting the American people. Why can’t these… Read more »
Jack cox anonymously-anomalies
Pardon the typos and other random llinguistic anomalies. Just trying to get the VA to consider taking information systems to the MAX instead of the way we are, which is still better than the rest involved in our healthcare system we spend several hundred % more than other near modern healthcare systems. Not suggesting a mass firing of VA personnel who do not keep abreast or try to do a superior job, ha ha ha. It’s like a garden, if… Read more »
ANutterVet

OK, your pardoned. But . . . where am I? Where are you?

namnibor

“I know you are but what am I?” — Pee-wee Herman in “Great Adventure”

ThisVet2017

The AFGE is garbage, full of criminals, and are why the VA is the dump it is. They stand up for “rights” of other criminals at the VA. Garbage, sub human dog poop is what they are.

Dennis
Have you ever known personally a union boss? I did. Our next door neighors Dad was a union boss. Oregon. Big shot, big time. He ALWAYS drove a nice Cadillac. He also always talked about breaking legs, kicking asses, and making people disappear while he enjoyed his dinner with family and friends around the family dinner table and his home. As a kid, I always looked at him like some sort of Portland Wrestling sort of guy, only he did… Read more »
Isaac Decatur

Employees are being mistreated at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs by Jennifer Worley, and AFGE is going along with it. AFGE is a fraud.

Disgruntled Veteran

@Dennis – – – Truer Words have probably NEVER been posted.

Rich B
There is a place for the Union, but it darn sure isn’t in the Government. I have worked for the Government twice, once for the Post Office ( what a screwed up job) and later as a GS-11. I can tell you that government workers do not have to join the union, but many do if not for job protection, but ironically, they have job protection with the union even if they are not members. When I used to work… Read more »
OLDMARINE

i worked for a government contractor had to come in on a Sunday and get double time to sit on my ass back then i just couldn’t just sit on my ass at work and do nothing . that was a job done at the local bar.LOL

Dennis

@Richb

I am not anti union at all. I am not anti mafia, anti Christian, anti non-Christian, anti racist, or anti non-racist.

What I am is a veteran with PTSD and one symptom is always waiting for the hammer to drop. This either means that we do not trust appearances, or it means that we correctly do not delude ourselves into believing that a threat is not real. I am told this is a symptom. To me this seems logical thought.

ANutterVet
Question – – – Ben’s article page is super slow in loading and refreshing. Anyone having the same issue? Acting the same last night as well. Strange. – – – Thanks, Nutter. @Seymore Klearly – – – Where is that dude? Ah, you know, . . . the one that slipped in for a bit, to hopefully clear matters up, then tried to touch base by locating sympathetic Veterans that participate in Ben’s World, by using the questions of these… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
ANutterVet, Unfortunately, your description matches a number of the recent commenters here. Their backgrounds include training in mass media and the Rumsfeld’s school of disinformation through the pentagon. The most recent is the former Commander of a DAV chapter which met several nights per months at the Phoenix VAMC. Where he used his training, background and education as the chief of the medical media department. All while thousands of Veterans and their families connected to that facility were suffering and… Read more »
Seymore Klearly

A sad but true fact is if they enforced the laws of the land and audited all of the top four Veteran Service Organizations. Any one in any leadership position would be holding their meetings in Club Fed for a very long time. And I don’t mean a resort.

ANutterVet
@Seymore Klearly – – – Thanks SK for commenting. The dam nerve that these so called caring VA employees have by coming onto a Disabled Veterans gathering place, and act like they are truly concerned. I’ve never seen such frigging disgrace. No class, no care, no integrity, no love, no concern, no accountability, . . . I’ve been going through some major health issues which have been ignored, and downplayed. They [VA] just doesn’t care. There is no more understanding… Read more »
Lem

Cox is following the political fact. A lie told three times becomes accepted as truth by the majority. That discovery has tanked our political system.

Jo3n

I’m still hung up on the caption: Cox complains to Senate, about accountability. Who in their RIGHT MIND would complain about accountability? I can only come up with one reason…, they don’t want to be held accountable. Get that Paul?

James Gallegos

Your right accountable is a nasty word and it scares the poop out of employees who know they have done wrong.

Angela

Yep!!!!

Dennis

@Jo3n

perhaps Cox is not so worried about being held accountable so much as he is mindful that an accounting is underway and this idea would indeed worry him for his AFGE brethren if it ever took hold and continued very long. No organization so riddled with deceit and malfeasance an stand up to a true accounting very long.

He argues in an effort to keep the curtain closed and don’t let the light in.

Angela

Yep, I agree.

Seymore Klearly
Here one for the insanity record book written by the VA. ~~~~ “Memphis VA disputes claim that worker was paid during 60-day jail sentence” Jake Lowary USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 12:03 p.m. CT May 18, 2017 “An employee at the Memphis Veterans Affairs facility returned to work on Monday, just days after being released from jail after serving a 60-day sentence for driving under the influence. Brittney Lowe, 32, of Southaven, Miss., was on paid administrative leave, but… Read more »
James Gallegos

That’s why other’s have gotton of the hook.

You let Johnny off the hook for the same thing.

Its the same thing kid’s try and use on the parent’s. And it’s working !

Time to bring in grand dad to set the kids straight. You want to cry I’ll give you something to cry about. !

Called tough love !

91Veteran
I would hope Higgins continues to blow the whistle on this. As he said, criminal charges are reasons for firing. Not being able to do her job because of those offenses should also include firing. I strongly suspect she is claiming alcoholism as a disease so she can gain protection for “medical” reasons. Higgins should be able to easily prove this by showing any evidence of her being in any leave donation program. That is something that has to be… Read more »
James Gallegos
That’s the good old buddy system at work. That is my friend, cousin my lackey. If you have friends in low places they will bail you out. Again they are using the card, nothing happened to Johnny when he did something wrong and that excuse worked. Rubins and Graves uses it and got away with it. Pleading the 5th. ! Fit every new regulation, two are to be eliminated. Let’s start there ! New regulations ! No more well you… Read more »
namnibor
Off-Topic but related to how we Veterans are perceived and painted by the MSM and the VA, where our PTSD is made to paint the picture that we are all just ticking time-bombs waiting to go off: Unfortunately, the car attack in New York Times Square today was done by a Navy Veteran that had spent a few months in military brig before departing the Navy…this will be used as a general wide swath brushstroke as ammo for likes of… Read more »
NiteWish

26yr old Richard Rojas of the Bronx tested positive for drug substances/synthetic drug known as K2 “http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html”
His photo’s in the article show he’s gone ‘loco’
No death by cop for you.

namnibor
So, they will just add to the PTSD Veteran dialogue of us all also being extreme drug addicts as well. Wait for it. This may even be a false flag/engineered type of thing…the LACK of suicide by cop makes me highly suspicious…like another one earlier this year or late last year down in Florida at an airport…was a Vet as well but no suicide by cop…which could be a good thing, but am just saying wait for it to be… Read more »
91Veteran

He left the military 3 years ago and never served overseas.

From the link in your comment, he was likely a shitbag before he joined.

Ex va
@namnibor, it is movies like Rambo that gives ptsd and Veterans a bad rap. Not saying ptsd is a good disorder to have, i am saying a lot of the public perception is linked to Hollywood stories and movies. PTSD is an anxiety disorder and most people don’t really understand what this disease does to people who have faced trauma on a level that cannot be understood by the human brain. Some individuals involved in 9/11 and other severe traumas… Read more »
Vassilis Margaris

Ben,
I was a US Army, Service Member for over 20 years. Finally I got a medical discharge (chapter 61) while I was getting ready to get promoted to Sergeant Major/E-9!
All these years , WE never (as you know)had the opportunity and the “right” to Syndicate or belong to a union!
Why these MFs of the VA should have this Protection IOT Screw up the Veterans?
Why our “Elected Officials” are not passing legislation preventing them doing just that!?
Regards
MSG VAM

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