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 veterans.

December 23, 2001 Peace On Earth to All.  Click Here.

December 7, 2001 U.S. Navy Carriers used to film "Behind Enemy Lines."  Goto Links or you can: Click Here.

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 Here.

November 11, 2001 - OFCCP Contacts and VETS Contacts now on Links page or you can:  Click Here for OFCCPClick 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 Here.

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 HEHS-95-177 report. 

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 Petition.

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 Conciliation Agreement:

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 totally screwed!

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 weeks.

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 improve!

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
...www.veteransfightingforjusticeinamerica.com

b) Veterans' Rights
...www.veteransrights.com

c) Veterans' War on American Soil
...www.veteranswaronamericansoil.com

d) Variation on c): Veterans-War-on-American-Soil
...www.veterans-war-on-american-soil.com

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:

Scott,
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.
ML

2) From WB:

Dear Scott, 

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)
PEACE

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 will.

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