Protestors raise awareness for unfilled VA jobs outside Thomas E. Creek in Amarillo

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By Lisa Carr

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1038 stood in front of the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center on Friday holding signs that read “VA Vacancies Go Up Yet Care Goes Down” and “Don’t Dismantle My VA” Friday morning.

Theirs was the 57th protest across 26 states this year as members attempt to draw attention to what they say are 49,000 vacancies throughout the VA nationwide, which they contend creates a hazardous work atmosphere and puts patients at risk.

AFGE is unaffiliated with the VA, and Amarillo VA employees rotated during the three-hour protest, participating during their unpaid breaks.

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