“AFGE NVAC is disappointed by the panel`s decision on the union`s master collective agreement, but it is not entirely surprising that a Trump-appointed body would govern as they did,” said Alma Lee, president of AFGE NVAC. “But there is hope. The union is confident that the new Biden-Harris administration will correct the injustice of the Federal Service Impasses Panel. Tom Temin: The union is not happy to judge by the press release they issued. How do you see these FSIP results in general? I think what they are saying is that it is not even a treaty. Sort it out for us. Collective bargaining between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Federation of Government Employees has stalled for more than a year, and the COVID-19 pandemic, which has closed parts of the country and increased workload and risk to health care professionals, has only exacerbated differences between management and unions over the best administration of the confederation. Tom Temin: And what are the elements of an agreement that you think is most significant, that were removed or that are no longer in it after the panel`s decision? “While the executive should hurt unions, and that`s what they`re doing, what matters most to me is how the department plays favorites with rewards, revits telework on a whim, rejects people who go to mourning and want to make VA a miserable place to work. There is no predictability and you are subject to the attitude of your superior. The VA cannot fulfill its mission if people do not want to work here,” said Alma Lee, president of the AFGE National Veterans Affairs Council, the Federal Times. However, a VA spokesperson told the Federal Times that the changes they want to implement are aimed at improving care: “Whether by condemning the MISSION Act or denouncing the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, AFGE has fought hard for the status quo and opposed attempts to improve VA`s work for veterans and their families. Unsurprisingly, AFGE took the same approach by refusing to accept the improvement of the common sense of its collective agreement.