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VA Workers Protest Understaffing, Privatization
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VA Workers Protest Understaffing, Privatization

OTEEN, N.C.—Veterans Administration workers gathered at Charles George VA Medical Center here Oct. 12 to protest the federal government leaving 49,000 staff positions vacant nationwide, while appropriating $2.1 billion to save the nearly bankrupt Choice Program, created in 2014 to pay for veterans to see private doctors if they don’t want to wait 30 days for an…

California First Responders Get Minimum Wage to Fight Wildfires
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California First Responders Get Minimum Wage to Fight Wildfires

Sooma, Calif.—Hundreds of the men and women risking their lives to battle the massive, fast-moving wildfires devastating Northern California are being paid only $10.50 an hour for it—the state’s minimum wage. Under International Association of Firefighters Local 2881’s contract with “Cal Fire,” the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, entry-level first responders get the…

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