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Senators: VA pays 188 employees to work for unions, despite backlogs

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Two Republican senators pressed Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki about the 188 employees who work on “official time” on behalf of unions, at taxpayer expense, even as the VA struggles with a massive backlog of veterans’ disability claims. “Documents from your department list 188 VA employees serving in 100 percent official time capacity during the time period spanning January 1, 2012...

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