and the employees can get away with anything.
A Department of Veterans Affairs employee in Puerto Rico was fired after
being arrested for armed robbery, but her union quickly got her
reinstated — despite a guilty plea — by pointing out that management’s
labor relations negotiator is a registered sex offender, and the
hospital’s director was once arrested and found with painkiller drugs…
The union’s position — that another employee committed a crime and got
away with it, so this one should, too — has been upheld by the highest
civil service rules arbiters, and has created a vicious Catch-22 where
the department’s prior indefensible inaction against bad employees has
handcuffed it from taking action now against other scofflaws.
A vet can't get a damned appointment, vets DIE waiting to be seen, but the VA and the union make sure thieves and robbers and molesters don't have to worry about their jobs...