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AFGE Members Play Significant Roles in Ouster of Phoenix VA Director

Two AFGE whistleblowers played significant roles in the eventual termination of Phoenix VA Director Sharon Helman. [more] 11-26-2014

BOP Expands Pepper Spray Pilot Program to More Prisons

The Bureau of Prisons last week expanded the pepper spray pilot program from high-security prisons to seven medium-security prisons. [more] 11-26-2014

AFGE to Hold DoD Conference Call on Cuts to Travel Per Diem

On December 4th at 11 a.m. EST, the AFGE Legislative and Political Action Department will hold a conference call to discuss the recent changes to the Joint Travel Registry (JTR) that reduce per diem pay for long-term TDY travel. [more] 11-26-2014

AFGE Council 241’s Census Blitz a Huge Success

AFGE welcomes 258 new members to the AFGE family [more] 11-26-2014

Depot Workers Have a Voice through AFGE at DoD’s Depot Symposium

AFGE leaders attended the 2014 DoD Maintenance Symposium in Birmingham, Alabama, at the invitation of the Defense Department leadership. [more] 11-26-2014

Don't Discount Union Solidarity

Join your union brothers and sisters on Black Friday at Wal-Marts across the country to support working families and a living wage. [more] 11-26-2014

Happy Thanksgiving from AFGE

Watch National President J. David Cox's holiday message. [more] 11-26-2014

How one woman helped change the VA

In 2011, Dr. Michelle Washington went before Congress to sound the alarm about a shortage of VA doctors able to treat troops returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder. [more] 11-26-2014

AFGE Takes on VA Privatizers in CQ Researcher Debate

As the debate over privatization of veterans’ health care wears on, the dedicated employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs work tirelessly to provide top-quality care, programs and assistance to those who have born the battle for our country. [more] 11-21-2014

Union Solidarity to Save the Postal Service

The AFGE team joined Postal Workers at the U.S. Postal Service Headquarters during a national day of action. [more] 11-21-2014

Chaffetz to Succeed Issa as Chair of House Government Reform Committee

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah will succeed Rep. Darrell Issa of California next year as chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. [more] 11-21-2014

AFGE, Veterans, Citizen Groups Demand Full Funding for SSA

The Social Security Administration (SSA) helps Americans live and retire with dignity and freedom, yet this important agency has been deprived of the funding it needs to carry out its civic tasks. [more] 11-21-2014

TSO Raises his “Voice”

LAX Transportation Security Officer Damien Lawson competes on NBC singing competition, makes top 10 competitors [more] 11-21-2014

Issa, Coburn, Gingrey Continue Efforts to Take Away Worker Protections, Workplace Justice

Official time is worker protection against discrimination and unlawful disciplinary actions, but some in Congress are working to undermine it. [more] 11-21-2014

DFAS Misspends Taxpayer Dollars, Dismantles Its Own Workforce

Official time is worker protection against discrimination and unlawful disciplinary actions, but some in Congress are working to undermine it. [more] 11-21-2014

AFGE Wins Restoration of Funding to Reduce Infant Mortality in D.C.

Thanks to AFGE District 14 and Local 2978, the federal government has restored funding to a program that helps reduce the District’s infant mortality rate. [more] 11-21-2014

Lawmaker Wants VA to Hold More VA Execs Accountable in Legionnaires Scandal

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania has pressed the Department of Veterans Affairs to hold every senior manager involved in the cover-up of the Legionnaire outbreak at the Pittsburgh VA hospital accountable. [more] 11-21-2014

Depot Employees Earn Maintenance Award

AFGE depot employees at Hill Air Force Base in Utah earned bragging rights this week after accepting the Secretary of Defense’s Robert T. Mason Award for Depot-Level Maintenance Excellence at the 2014 DoD Maintenance Symposium in Birmingham, Ala. [more] 11-21-2014

Walmart Adds $1 Billion to the Country’s Deficit Every Single Year

A new report shows that Walmart adds $1 billion annually to the country’s deficit through various tax breaks and is scheming to lower its U.S. corporate tax rate to 25%, which would deplete the country’s revenue by another $720 million a year. [more] 11-21-2014

Incoming Senate Panel Chairman Wants to Cut Your Pay, Pension

The incoming chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been outspoken about his plans to cut federal employees’ pay and pensions. [more] 11-14-2014

AFGE Local 1923 Wins $10 Million Settlement for SSA Workers with Disabilities

After seven years of litigation, AFGE Local 1923 in Baltimore along with the National Federation of the Blind finally won a $9.98 million class action settlement for 570 current and former Social Security Administration employees with disabilities. [more] 11-14-2014

Walking the Line: In Harms Way

U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration & Customs Agents face danger everyday as they protect our borders. [more] 11-19-2014

Meet AFGE TSA Member on the Talent Show – The Voice!

Did you know that an AFGE member who works for TSA at the Los Angeles International Airport is also a star on the popular singing competition, The Voice? Damien Lawson is a member of AFGE Local 1260. [more] 11-14-2014

Federal Workforce Smallest Since 1960s

Bad news for seniors, veterans, the sick, the disabled, and the American people in general. The many programs and services they have enjoyed are being cut as the number of people who provide these services has been reduced over the years and is now the smallest since the mid-1960s. [more] 11-14-2014

AFGE Joins Postal Unions at Rally against Dismantling the Postal Service

AFGE activists braved the cold Friday morning to stand in solidarity with postal workers in their attempt to roll back a plan to dismantle the U.S. Postal Service. [more] 11-14-2014

AFL-CIO Pushes for Extension of Ban on Privatization of Government Jobs

The AFL-CIO is urging Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski to keep in place the long standing prohibition against the use of the OMB Circular A-76 privatization process. [more] 11-14-2014

Have you Visited ‘Member Benefits’ Lately at

It has been re-designed and updated with new and improved benefit programs for AFGE members. Take a look and take advantage of these savings opportunities. Membership Pays! [more] 11-14-2014

AFGE Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

The month of November has been recognized in the United States since 1990 as a time to celebrate and learn about the heritage of our Native American brothers and sisters. [more] 11-13-2014

Meet Audrey Townsend

Fighting for equal pay for D.C. government’s female employees [more] 11-12-2014

President Cox Honors Our Nation's Veterans

AFGE is proud to defend the rights of tens of thousands of veterans working in the federal and D.C. governments [more] 11-10-2014

Voters Vote to Raise Minimum Wage in 4 States

Voters in Alaska, Nebraska, Arkansas, and South Dakota this week voted to raise the minimum wage above the current federal level of $7.25 an hour. [more] 11-7-2014

Attention Acquisition Experts

There are concerns that the federal government contracts with bad contractors which violate international core labor standards (e.g., freedom of association, right to bargain collectively as well as prohibitions against severe forms of human trafficking and child labor) as well as various civil and political rights. [more] 11-7-2014

AFGE President Names Top Priority Following Midterm Election

AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. this week named AFGE’s top priority following the midterm election and the change in leadership in the Senate. [more] 11-7-2014

AFGE Seeks Presidential Help on Keeping Ban on Privatization

AFGE is seeking continued support from the White House on keeping in place a ban on the process to hand over control of government functions to private businesses. [more] 11-7-2014

Pentagon’s New Push to Privatize More Federal Jobs

AFGE is calling the Pentagon out on its recent invitation to private-sector representatives to advise the department on how to privatize more federal jobs even though contractors are two to three times more expensive than civilian employees. [more] 11-7-2014

Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave

Voters in Massachusetts, Trenton (NJ), Montclair (NJ), and Oakland (CA) voted to require companies with more than 10 employees to provide paid sick days to workers. [more] 11-7-2014

AFGE President Names Top Priorities Following Midterm Election

Full-year government funding, end to sequestration, fair wages for government workers top list [more] 11-5-2014

Staffing Shortages Cripple Fayetteville VAMC Emergency Room

AFGE calls on local community to urge facility director to hire the doctors needed to re-open the shuttered ER and serve veterans [more] 11-4-2014

AFGE Seeks Expert Opinions from Acquisition Personnel on Scofflaw Contractors

There are concerns that the federal government contracts with bad contractors which violate international core labor standards (e.g., freedom of association, right to bargain collectively as well as prohibitions against severe forms of human trafficking and child labor) as well as various civil and political rights. [more] 10-31-2014

Deaths on the Job in Federal Workforce Increased

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that from 2012 to 2013 the job fatality rate in the federal workforce shot up 19%. [more] 10-31-2014

President Cox: Army Needs to Lift Civilian Cap, Not Seek Exceptions to It

The Defense Department has put an arbitrary cap on the civilian workforce, violating a federal law. The Army has been going along with it, laying off thousands of employees and replacing them with military personnel and contractors. [more] 10-31-2014

Feds Not Taking Full Advantage of Government’s Retirement Matching Contributions

Many federal employees are not taking full advantage of the federal government’s matching contribution to their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) accounts, said Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, which manages four of the TSP’s five individual funds. [more] 10-31-2014

Employees Protest Closing of ER at North Carolina VA Hospital

As the Department of Veterans Affairs is still reeling from the secret waitlist and Legionnaire scandals, the recent closing of the emergency room due to a shortage of doctors at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center in North Carolina puts a damper on its efforts to improve the department’s image and sends a wrong message to our nation’s heroes. [more] 10-31-2014

Ryan, Issa Move Forward with Plans to Gut Federal Employees’ Retirement

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Rep. Darrell Issa of California are asking the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prepare a report discussing long-term savings from their proposed cuts to federal employees’ retirement benefits. [more] 10-31-2014

The Real Issue on Election Day

Pres. Cox: Do we want a government that sits on its hands in times of great challenges, or one that rolls up its sleeves and tackles the problems head on? [more] 10-31-2014

Vote for Your Future

When you cast your ballot next Tuesday, you will vote for more than just the candidates on the ballot - you'll decide your future as a government worker. [more] 10-28-2014

Federal Employees’ Job Satisfaction Drops 4th Year in a Row

“More employees than ever say their agency is unable to accomplish its mission, and they see less opportunity to improve their skills or get a better job," said AFGE President Cox. [more] 10-24-2014

Coast Guard Gives up Outsourcing Plan, Thanks to AFGE

The Coast Guard abandoned its plan to hand over control of its user fee collection operation to a private business. [more] 10-24-2014

Medical Assistants Recognition Week

Week honors thousands of federal and D.C. government employees who provide important duties in health care facilities operated by government agencies. [more] 10-23-2014

AFGE Joins the AFL-CIO’s Call for Worker Protections Amidst Ebola Crisis

AFGE joined the AFL-CIO to call on the White House and Congress to take immediate action and create enforceable Ebola safety guidelines. [more] 10-22-2014

Updated: Ebola Safety Guidelines

CDC issues new guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients [more] 10-22-2014

AFGE Sues to Halt USDA Implementation of Dirty Chicken Rule

New rule largely outsources poultry inspection, endangering health of consumers [more] 10-21-2014

AFGE Members & Leadership Get Out the Vote in North Carolina and Virginia

AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr. and National Secretary Treasurer Eugene Hudson Jr. joined dozens of AFGE members to pound the pavement and get out the vote for this November’s elections. [more] 10-20-2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Women's & Fair Practices Dept. discusses common words, questions and facts about breast cancer. [more] 10-20-2014

VA Membership Drive Recruits More Than 8,000 New Members

AFGE and its National VA Council ran a successful VA membership recruitment campaign that signed up 8,073 new members from June 1 to Sept. 30. [more] 10-17-2014

Get Out the Vote!

With Election Day just a few short weeks away, time is running out to get involved, get educated, and get ready to vote. [more] 10-17-2014

Get the Facts: Ebola

At a time when Ebola is all over the news and it's easy for misinformation to get interpreted as truth, make sure you have the clear-cut facts. [more] 10-17-2014

Budget Cuts Slow Ebola Research

NIH Director points to budget cuts for delaying research on critical Ebola vaccine [more] 10-16-2014

Meet Matt Albucher: Fighting for Worker Rights Every Day

As a federal employee and AFGE union activist, Matt Albucher is on the front lines of the battle being waged daily against working people in America. [more] 10-15-2014

A group of Senators Threaten Another Government Shutdown

14 senators are threatening another government shutdown over a provision in the Affordable Health Care Act designed to keep insurance premiums low. [more] 10-14-2014

Feds’ Health Care Premiums to Increase $3 in 2015

On average, non-postal federal employees with self-only coverage will see their health care premiums go up $2.93 more per pay period next year. Those with family coverage will pay about $6.89 more, according to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Changes in shares of premiums depend on what plan enrollees choose. [more] 10-10-2014

Minimizing Risk of Ebola Exposure for Employees at Points of Entry

AFGE Calls for Training and Protective Equipment to Prevent Employee Ebola Exposure for TSA and Border Patrol. [more] 10-10-2014

Election Day’s a Month Away!

You already know how important this election is to federal employees like us. But did you know that Election Day is only a month away? [more] 10-6-2014

AFGE Remembers Sharon Harnage

Sharon Harnage, wife of AFGE President Emeritus Bobby Harnage, passed away Friday morning. [more] 10-3-2014

AFGE Delivers Half-a-Million Signatures to Save Social Security Offices

AFGE and its coalition partners delivered a 500,000 signature petition demanding that the Social Security Administration keep its community offices open. [more] 10-3-2014

VA Delays Grade Reductions

AFGE Applauds VA Secretary Decision to Extend Stay on Health Care Worker Downgrades [more] 10-2-2014

Hispanic Heritage Month

AFGE highlights Hispanic women who have made history in labor, science and sports. [more] 10-1-2014

A Helping Hand

Border Patrol and ICE Agents Defend our Borders While Helping Those in Need [more] 10-1-2014

Here are the Candidates Who Will Fight For You

As the old adage goes, all politics is local. For federal employees, that means electing men and women at the local level who will fight for you in Washington. [more] 9-29-2014

AFGE Thanks Attorney General Eric Holder for his Service

Holder was committed to common sense reforms on mandatory minimum sentencing [more] 9-29-2014

Attention: Payroll Issue

Potential issue concerning payroll for employees who work in agencies that receive payroll services from the GSA. [more] 9-26-2014

VA Secretary Delivers Impassioned Presentation on Veterans' Care and Labor-Management Cooperation at Biannual Meeting

Largest VA employees union committed to working with Secretary McDonald to deliver exceptional care to veterans [more] 9-25-2014

I Am AFGE: Meet Nathan McCasline

Correctional Counselor Nathan McCasline’s top concern as an AFGE local president is the safety and security of the employees he represents. [more] 9-24-2014

National Voter Registration Day

Today is National Voter Registration Day and while volunteers around the country will be on street corners, outside of groceries stores, at bus and subway stops and elsewhere to help people register, you can get started right now. [more] 9-23-2014

AFGE Honors the Commitment, Passion and Service of Federal Nurses

Union seeks to raise awareness of the contributions to our nation by more than 100,000 nurses working in the federal sector [more] 9-22-2014

Building a union family one burger at a time

Building a vibrant local means more than signing up new members. It’s also about educating employees about what belonging to the union means for them and showing appreciation to existing members. [more] 9-19-2014

Border Patrol Union Applauds Senate Passage of Pay Reform Bill

AFGE urges swift House approval of bill to provide officers with fair and equitable pay system while reducing payroll costs. [more] 9-19-2014

Shutdown Avoided

House, Senate Approve Short-Term Bill to Fund Government until December [more] 9-19-2014

NVP Thomas Takes Up ALS Challenge

Watch AFGE National Vice President of Women's & Fair Practices August Thomas accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from National President J. David Cox, Sr. [more] 9-17-2014

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each week during Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFGE Women’s and Fair Practices Departments will highlight an influential person, historic event or share fun and interesting facts about the cultures of our Hispanic brothers and sisters. [more] 9-16-2014

Kilmer Announces Bill to Address Issues in Veterans Health Administration Scandal

Rep. Kilmer (WA) joined representatives from veterans’ organizations to discuss the systematic management issues within the Veterans Health Administration and to announce his new legislation to address them. [more] 9-12-2014

Staffing the VA

Secretary McDonald says VA Needs 28,000 New Employees [more] 9-15-2014

The End of Downgrades?

New VA Secretary Seeks to Halt Cruel VA Downgrades [more] 9-12-2014

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