FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 26, 2001

Magda Lynn Seymour
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

AFGE Members Head to DC to Push the TRAC Act and Keep Track of Congress & Bush

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) will be convening in Washington, D.C., April 1-3, to listen to and meet with members of Congress over issues paramount to government workers—such as the Truthfulness, Responsibility, and Accountability in Contracting (TRAC) Act. The TRAC Act would impose much-needed reforms in how agencies contract for services.

Over 800 federal and D.C. employees will be attending the 2001 AFGE Legislative & Grassroots Mobilization Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Monday, April 2, to listen to influential members of Congress as they discuss legislation and policy initiatives that relate to the well-being of federal workers. Speakers include:

· Representative Al Wynn (D-Md.)—Sponsor of the TRAC Act in the 106th and 107th Congresses

· Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)— Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

Following the morning plenary session, AFGE members will participate in workshops outlining details of civilian-military pay parity (S. Con. Res. 17 and H. Con. Res. 42), the TRAC Act (H. R. 721) and health care premium legislation. Workshops will also discuss prison privatization and legislation affecting employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

> “Tax cuts, budgets, base closures, pay, privatization, retirement, health care and child care are just a handful of the issues we’ll be discussing with our elected officials when AFGE members hit the halls of Congress,” said AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage.

“Too many issues are being tossed around Congress and in the White House that concern federal workers,” stated Harnage. “President Bush’s onslaught of Executive Orders against workers—with a special slam on labor-management partnerships—indicates his outright disregard for the most cost effective way to carry out the business of the taxpayers. Bush’s ‘shoot-from-the-hip’ style of decision-making will only drive up the cost of government as less experienced contract workers flood the federal work place—workers dedicated to making money and not to providing government service.”

AFGE is the largest federal employees union, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. Go to www.afge.org for more information on AFGE.

AFGE 2001 Legislative & Grassroots Mobilization Conference Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

EVENTS OPEN TO THE MEDIA


Monday, April 2

7:30 a.m.– 11 a.m. Registration

9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Speeches by AFGE Officials/Congressional Members

12 noon – 2 p.m. Civil Rights Luncheon


Tuesday, April 3

8:00 a.m.– 9:45 a.m. AFGE District Breakfasts

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Capitol Hill Lobbying





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