Veterans Rights Advocates News (2001)
There are events and letters for all veterans that need to be
shared here because they affect our lives. They will be posted almost on a daily basis. So,
stay alert for postings that may be important to a few veterans or to all
December 23, 2001 Peace On Earth to All. Click
December 7, 2001 U.S. Navy Carriers used to film "Behind Enemy
Lines." Goto Links or you can: Click
November 17, 2001 - You can send e-mail to the Office of the Inspector
General (OIG) for the DOL. The contact is now on Links page or you can: Click
November 11, 2001 - OFCCP Contacts and VETS Contacts now on Links page
or you can: Click
Here for OFCCP. Click
Here for VETS.
October 28, 2001 - War pay for California National Guard or a United
States Military reserve soldier. Click Here.
October 21, 2001 - New York and Washington, D. C. need help that you
can donate with no cash outlay and just a few seconds of your time. Click
October 10, 2001 - The beginning of this week was Columbus Day.
Moreover, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Labor began
an investigation of all branches of the OFCCP. For more details, click here
or go to Stories.
September 28, 2001 - A lawyers referral list from the NVLSP is now on Links
with the caution that most of the attorneys do not handle EMPD.
September 11, 2001 - After watching the War on America unfold this
morning from my work desk, V-R-A has built a memorial to (Americans,
One and All.)
September 8, 2001 - A veteran's story of a long fight for veterans'
rights has just been added to the Stories webpage.
The story demonstrates the need for tenacity and persistence.
September 6, 2001 - Read two articles from the Journal
of the Vietnam Veterans Institute: Discrimination Against Veterans
by the Federal Agency Charged with Protecting Veterans' Rights (1994)
and Academe: Not So Hallowed Halls for Veterans (1995)
on Links for you to use.
August 18, 2001 - Your veterans' WarPlan now complete with samples in
War Chest on Links for you to use.
August 12, 2001 - 10 Myths about Affirmative Action now on Links
for you to review and comment about on AskTell.
July 26, 2001 - The Awards page has some
landscaped wall-hangers at the bottom of the page for you to save to your
computer and then print on your computer.
July 19, 2001 - GAO can be accessed on Links
page under GAO. Search on OFCCP in full text area or report number to get
July 15, 2001 - Vietnam Veterans and Veterans' Wives home page can be
accessed on Links page under Veterans Wives Support.
June 18, 2001 - OFCCP and CSULB Conciliation Agreement available on
Links page under CSULB Conciliation Agreement. Please go to Links
to view in HTML or download petition in Word 6.0/95 format.
June 12, 2001 - HCVA petition now available in HTML format.
Please go to Links to view in HTML or download
petition in Word 6.0/95 or WordPerfect format.
June 4, 2001 - A June 15, 1995 speech by Shirley Wilcher to the
Senate Labor Committee just 6 days before her June 21, 1995 speech to Congress.
Please go to Links to view in HTML or download speech
in Word 6.0/95.
May 28, 2001 - Petition to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U. S.
House of Representatives concerning the "Failure to Enforce The Vietnam Era
Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act" of 1974 Amended (VEVRAA) or
Affirmative Action for Veterans in the Workplace among Qualified Federal
Contractors. Please go to Links to download
May 7, 2001 - On
June 9, 1998, in the Seattle Times. Ironically, Wilcher said,
"Federal regulations do not require any state or local public agency that
has a federal contract to have a formal affirmative-action plan."
May 5, 2001 - Take
the Affirmative Action Test. You might learn something or just
reinforce what you already knew. Are you curious about DOL personnel and
salaries? Also, you can use the YAHOO search engine and search on
"Shirley Wilcher" to get the first 100 of 431 articles of interest.
I have included some of the first 100. Please go to Links
to see them.
May 1, 2001 - Essay on "The Destruction of The Veterans Group at
California State University, Long Beach" on Links
in Word 6.0 format as well as in WordPerfect format.
April 29, 2001 - VETS complaint form now available on Links
in Word 6.0 format as well as in WordPerfect format.
April 27, 2001 - SL - I again queried the offices of U.S.
Representatives Buck McKeon and Bob Filner for feedback from our Jan. 8, 2001
and Feb. 7, 2001 meetings asking for a HCAV meeting. Beth and Cindy,
respectively, promised responses from their offices.
April 23, 2001 - SL - National Guard and Military Reserve added to
website along with more USERRA and VETS links.
April 17, 2001 - SL - Using www.ixquick.com
and search terms: Veterans Rights Advocates, www.v-r-a.org
is now ranked above the website: Vietnam Veterans of America, www.vva.org.
April 11, 2001 - JRW - Subject: Response to continuing VEVRAA
non-compliance at CSULB, and the non-enforcement of VEVRAA by the OFCCP, DOL.
The tasks associated with the conclusion of the "remedy" and the
"settlement" I have received as a discriminated veteran continue. As
previously noted, the University has managed a final round of vindictiveness in
their denial of the release of settlement funds for the purchase of my Military
Service Credit towards retirement from the CalPERS system. Col. Smith made an
effort on my behalf, but he apparently received the CSU runaround also.
The primary purpose of this memorandum is to inform you of the response that
both Dr. Walter Moore and I will be making as response to the information that I
received from Chief Glen Halsey, CDVA, regarding his recent meeting with the
House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Legislative Counsels. It is clear that
there is discussion of the possibility of holding 'Field Hearings' in Long Beach
in regards the non-enforcement of VEVRAA by the OFCCP and the corruption
associated with their "investigations".
All possible 'waiting periods' at CSULB for compliance have passed as of this
date, and there has still has not occurred the following required by the
1. Formal "Self-Identification" of University veteran employees as
required by the law. On December 14, 2000, Deputy Regional Director William
Smitherman told to assembled veterans at CSULB that there would be a timely
self-identification process in association with the Conciliation Agreement. This
has not taken place.
2. Creation of the "Veterans Advisory Group" as specified in the
Conciliation agreement. Dr. Troy Johnson, Special Advisor to CSULB President
Maxson for Veteran Issues, has informed me that management is creating a special
"Steering Committee" for the purpose of defining and implementing the
Group. Apparently NO 1996 "Class Action" members are to be allowed
membership in the Steering Committee?
3. Many other of the requirements of the Conciliation Agreement.
Dr. Moore and I will be co-authoring a letter to Chairman Chris Smith of the
HCVA, citing our past relationship with past-chair Bob Stump, and the many, many
issues relating to corruption and non-enforcement of VEVRAA by the OFCCP. We
will strive for timeliness in this, but we feel that our letter should have as
many signatures as possible. This may be an occasion for some mention of or
inclusion of the general and broad issues that you, the PMA veterans (Wes) and
the LAC Firemen veterans (Mike) are concerned with - and to possibly acquire
your signatures for the request for a field hearing?
Logistics is what kills off these efforts most times, so I hope we can put
together the same sort of effort as when we visited Congressman Filner and
Congressman McKeon's office (David Foy)? I would hope that Skip and I could have
something wonderful ready by May 1st. I know it frightens folks, but I believe
we can document that the OFCCP was engaged with the University in covering up
criminal activity in 1996. We can certainly document the continued bungling that
they engaged in during 1999-2000.
Hubert Lloyd, a class action member, is now a high ranking CSEA union official,
and he has been important to our fight. The CSEA has supported our fight for
several years now; and, Hubert agrees that if Field Hearings are held he'll do
what he can to insure CSEA recognition and response.
Let's do this! The window of opportunity for the CSULB 'win' will not stay open
forever, so let us use that window to seek exposure of the OFCCP corruption and
attempt to achieve some change in the system - or get the damn law off the
books, since it destroys the lives of vets who seek it's protection.
April 9, 2001 - JRW - Subject: Field Hearings by HCVA
Glenn Halsey and I spoke this morning, the first time since he's returned from
Washington. Glenn had agreed to lobby heavily for us with both Todd Houchins,
and his Republican counterpart on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, for
hearings against the OFCCP for failure to enforce VEVRAA.
Glenn informs that Congressman Filner is now on the 'other side' of the
committee, meaning apparently the 'medical side', which affects the equation
somehow? He also informs that he was told that there is serious consideration
for "Field Hearings" to be held in Long Beach in regards the OFCCP's
failure to enforce VEVRAA for so long.
I have committed myself to some sort of letter to the HCVA in this regard within
the next couple weeks or so. Obviously if the issue goes silent at our end, the
HCVA has no reason to follow through. The fire in my belly has been reduced to
campfire size now, but I just can't stomach the corruption of the OFCCP we
faced, and will make a last effort or two in bring justice to the situation.
On a personal note, the union attorney informed me this morning that she'd
received a completely signed copy of the big settlement agreement between the
University and me, hence I am now officially on "leave of absence with
pay" (which I am funding from the settlement) until July 22nd, my 55th
birthday. Importantly, I am still a university employee until then, and as I
understand from our 'Special Advisor to the President for Veterans' Issues', Dr.
Troy Johnson, the University is still not in compliance.
The University has done much to insure that I am experiencing complete grief in
my attempt to purchase my 'Military Service Credit' with the CalPERS retirement
system. Hmmm, this after I attempted to specifically negotiate purchase of the
credit? Vindictiveness anyone? As near as I can tell, Ray Renaud is getting
There has been no attempt at a VEVRAA-based "self-identification", nor
has there been any forward motion towards creating the 'Veterans Advisory
Committee' as required in the conciliation agreement. Troy informed me last week
that management want to first create a "steering committee" to
determine who will be allowed to be on the committee? Troy says membership will
have to be voted on, and that he has no clue as to when and how that process
will be allowed by management. As 'Special Advisor' Troy seems to know nothing
about the process of coming into compliance?
April 4, 2001 - SL - Veterans' Newsletter 2 - Monthly (Weekly and/or
Daily if Hot!)
1) Of course, the winner is: http://www.v-r-a.org/
2) Shirley J. Wilcher left the OFCCP on November 11, 2000 and her position
has not been filled yet!
3) After building the META description and keywords, v-r-a has been submitted
to all the major search engines. Traffic will build up in about 2 to 4
4) Good news! I have built a LEGAL section for lawyers' names, phone
numbers, and/or e-mail addresses. Any attorney that registers at ASKTELL
with a snapshot of their expertise and permission to use their contact
information will be listed as a resource for all veterans in the LEGAL section.
5) A recent U.S. Supreme court decision based on a harassment lawsuit allows
all employers to force employees who want to sue to go into arbitration if your
signed job contract or job application had this requirement. Therefore,
all veterans working for federal contractors should think about whether or not
to file their complaints with the OFCCP and USERRA before forcing arbitration
because you agreed on your job contract and/or job application.
March 6, 2001 - SL - Read all about it!!! Veterans' Newsletter 1 is
here!!! Only a week spent to get this and the Veterans' Website out! It will
1) Please see: http://home.earthlink.net/~mark3300/index.htm
Our Veterans' Website is ready for incoming (Additions, Changes, Deletes,
salvos, etc.!!!) i.e. It is under construction until a name is chosen.
2) The short list of nominations for naming Our Veterans' Website are given
below. Remember the pattern: www.lowercasewords.com
For Example: Veterans Semper Fi is in the reality of web domain naming:
http://www.veteranssemperfi.com Therefore, without further ado:
a) Veterans Fighting for Justice in America
b) Veterans' Rights
c) Veterans' War on American Soil
d) Variation on c): Veterans-War-on-American-Soil
The keywords generated by the site will be very important for the search engines
to find our Veterans' Website. Don't worry. I'll do it.
Veterans' Section: (Soon to be a part of the Veterans' Website.)
1) From ML:
I would suggest that each individual veteran send a letter to his congressman
and senator asking for an audit by the GAO of the OFCCP and an investigation of
the OFCCP by both the Senate and House committees on veterans affairs. This same
letter could also be sent to the President and each member of the Senate and
House comitties on veterans affairs. It would not hurt to send a copy to the
Secretary of Labor.
2) From WB:
I wanted to clarify something with you about my association
with the PMA (Pacific Maritime Association). I am not an employee of the PMA. I
am a longshore marine clerk of ILWU (International Longshoremen and Warehousemen
Union) Local #63. PMA represents all of the shipping companies but does not
consider itself to be an employer of dockworkers (even though they Jointly
Register dockworkers in conjunction with the ILWU), they also claim they are not
federal contractors and therefore are not bound by AAP (Affirmative Action
Programs). However, Judge Kenyon found that the PMA is an employer because of
its relationship to the member companies and that the Board members of the PMA
are the Presidents and officers of the Member companies (APL, Matson, SSA,
Sealand etc.). These criminals will say anything to validate their perceptions
of themselves and all of their criminal activities. As you can see our situation
on the waterfront is complex and we are fighting some real heavyweights (OFCCP,
the PMA and the ILWU not to mention the legal system itself and its bias judges
who refuse to do their job only to deny us justice and delay the case just what
the DEFENDANTS want. They win by attrition). I would also like to repeat the
fact that we should focus on the handicapped (disabled) part of AAP because we
have 504 and 505 to sue any entity which receives any government subsidies.
VEVRAA does not allow that but 503 qualified individuals have the right to sue
under 504 and 505. I am sure that most veterans our age would have some medical
history which would qualify them as disabled. Talk to the attorneys which you
are in contact with about this and also to file under the California Fair
Housing and Employment Act. I believe their is recourse and remedy under these
laws. Well, I guess I have worn your eyes out by now. Take Care. Thank You.
Sincerely. VETERANS FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE IN AMERICA!!!
WB RATM (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE)
PS I forgot to mention that I came across a booklet on The Vietnam Veterans Aid
Foundation (VVAF). They may be a group that you might want to contact. This
booklet was mailed to me in 1983 but I believe that they are still around. Their
address is: VVAF, PO Box 998-237, El Segundo, CA. 90245 (213) 338-0377, 8936
Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 201 Los Angeles, Ca. 90045, 1(800) FON-VVAF. I took this
info off of the booklet so the addresses and phone numbers may not be current.
But if the VVAF is around they probably have a website. I have not checked but I
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