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AFGE: Prison Bureau, Lax on Worker Safety

Posted 4/27/20

The nation's largest Federal-employee union has filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to take the necessary steps to protect its workers from the spread of COVID-19.

According to the VA, 19 employees and 361 veterans have died due to the pandemic. The BOP reported its first employee COVID-19 death on April 18. The agency said that 465 inmates and close to 300 employees had tested positive for the virus and 18 inmates had died, CBS reported.

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