Helman told The Republic on Saturday that she was unaware of allegations involving veterans dying while awaiting care and manipulation of wait-time records until they were brought up in a congressional hearing this month. The Department of Veterans Affairs operates 18 outpatient clinics in Arizona along with three major hospitals in Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott. The 60,square-foot outpatient facility in Gilbert took two years to build and fills a void left by a clinic at the former Williams Air Force Base in Mesa.
It will keep patients in the suburbs east of Phoenix having to commute to central Phoenix, officials said. Phoenix VA spokesman Scott McRoberts said veterans will receive primary and specialty care as well as dentistry and radiology services. There is also an on-site pharmacy and labs.
Veterans will be able to take nutrition classes. The agency is considering building two more clinics, but it has yet to settle on possible locations, he said.
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But it is still a worrisome sign for unions, since the practice -- known more generally as " official time " -- is common among public sector unions. The rationale behind the practice is that public-sector unions are often limited in what they can do compared to private-sector unions -- police and firefighter unions are typically forbidden from striking, for example -- and official time compensates.
Unions negotiate for it in contracts. Cooper disagreed, ruling that the practice "does not serve a public purpose" and "diverts officers from performing police work.
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According to the Arizona Republic: "The city's agreement with PLEA, approved on a split council vote in , authorized the labor group to place six police officers in full-time union roles and set aside 1, hours that union officials could give other officers to perform union work. Some people on the city payroll had not appeared at their regular jobs in over a decade.
A February study by the Office of Personnel Management found that federal employees spent just under 3. Next week, the Washington Examiner will publish a multi-part series by its Watchdog team on official time.
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