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TSOs Discover Record Number of Firearms

TSA officers are doing an outstanding job protecting the flying public. In 2014 alone, TSOs discovered a record 2,212 firearms in carry-on bags at airports across the country; a whopping 22% increase from 2013. Of the guns confiscated by officers, more than 80% were loaded. [more] 1-27-2015

Feds Who Also Are Wounded Warriors Get Some Love Prior to Valentine’s Day

House and Senate lawmakers have introduced legislation that would make life a lot easier for federal employees who also are disabled veterans. [more] 1-27-2015

Representative Cartwright Introduces Bill to Make BOP Pepper Spray Pilot Permanent

An AFGE-backed bill has been introduced to make federal prisons safer for employees and inmates. [more] 1-27-2015

Government Standard: What's Next for Your Paycheck?

In the latest edition of the Government Standard you'll learn about the important issues in the upcoming midterm elections. [more] 1-27-2015

SAG-AFTRA Honors Union Members in Film, Television

Did you know that the SAG-AFTRA awards is the only televised award show of, by, and for union members? SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) is a labor union representing more than 160,000 film, radio, television performers and journalists worldwide [more] 1-26-2015

Social Security to Expand Field Office Hours

The Social Security Administration (SSA) this week announced it plans to expand hours at its field offices nationwide. A field office that’s usually open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will now remain open until 4 p.m on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. [more] 1-23-2015

Supreme Court Rules against TSA

The Supreme Court ruled against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week in the whistleblower case of Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean. [more] 1-23-2015

Wyoming, South Carolina Lawmakers’ Plan Would Kill 200,000 Jobs, Undermine Economy, Safety

Reps. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina this week introduced a bill that would kill 200,000 federal jobs by replacing only one worker for every three that leave. [more] 1-23-2015

Federal Employees Central to Obama’s Middle Class Economics

As President Barack Obama touted current and new efforts to uplift the middle class in his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night, federal employees will be central to these efforts as they are the very people who will carry out these initiatives. [more] 1-23-2015

California Lawmaker Wants to Get Rid of Cheapest Workforce – 120,000 Feds

The Department of Defense, the largest federal agency, has three workforces: military, civilian, and contractor. The civilian workforce is the cheapest, often two to three times cheaper than contractors doing the same work. [more] 1-23-2015

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Presses OPM to End Pay Disparity

At Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania, white-collar employees are in the high-paying New York GS locality pay zone, but their blue-collar counterparts’ pay rates are based on wages in the Scranton area. [more] 1-23-2015

Business Leaders Throw Contractors an Unexpected Curveball

The Defense Business Board (DBB), which provides Pentagon officials with private sector perspectives, consists of business leaders and consultants, some of whom have been contractors to the Department of Defense. [more] 1-23-2015

AFGE Inquiry Prompts DoD to Direct Army to Comply with Sourcing Rules

Following a recent meeting with AFGE, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management Stephanie Barna directed the Army to review its sourcing decisions and comply with the Defense Department’s sourcing regulations. [more] 1-23-2015

A. Philip Randolph Institute Targets Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Fast Track Trade Authority

The president and executive board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) joined a growing chorus of civil, labor and human rights organizations calling for major changes to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). [more] 1-17-2015

AFGE Honors Dr. King

Read AFGE National President's statement on Martin Luther King Day. [more] 1-16-2015

3.8% Raise for Feds in 2016?

AFGE-backed bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to give federal employees a 3.8% pay raise in 2016. [more] 1-16-2015

McCain Amendment Would Destroy 400,000 American Jobs

Sen. John McCain has launched an attack on American jobs as he filed an amendment to a Keystone XL Pipeline bill. [more] 1-16-2015

Van Hollen Proposes Plans to Expand Tax Breaks for Middle Class

Tired of listening/reading about Congress giving out unfair tax breaks to the rich? A member of Congress from Maryland has good news for you. [more] 1-16-2015

AFGE Wins against TSA’s Inappropriate AWOL Charge

Thanks to AFGE’s outstanding representation, an arbitrator recently reversed a charge of absence without leave (AWOL) against a Newark Airport TSA officer who was unable to get to work because of a severe snowstorm and mass transit issues. [more] 1-16-2015

Obama Grants 6 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave to Feds

President Barack Obama issued an executive order directing agencies to grant six weeks of advanced paid leave to federal employees to care for a new born or an adopted child, take care of an ill family member, or attend to similar matters. [more] 1-13-2015

Congress, Agencies Destroyed Nearly 20,000 Federal Jobs Last Year

Congress and federal agencies last year destroyed 19,100 federal jobs through arbitrary budget cuts and hiring freezes. [more] 1-13-2015

AFGE Mourns Loss of VA Psychologist and Union Brother Timothy Fjordbak

The AFGE family is deeply saddened by the killing of Dr. Timothy Fjordbak, a psychologist at the El Paso VA Clinic. [more] 1-14-2015

AFGE Files Grievance over Management Rigging TOPS

Transportation Security Officers are angry about the way management changed the rules to rig the TOPS system. [more] 1-13-2015

CDC, NIH Scientists Singled Out as Time Magazine Person of the Year

Time Magazine has picked the Ebola fighters as their 2014 Person of the Year, and three federal employees were singled out for their outstanding efforts in fighting the epidemic. [more] 1-9-2015

AFL-CIO: Raising Wages Will Be Single Standard to Judge Politicians

Setting the tone for 2015, the country’s largest federation of unions, the AFL-CIO, this week announced a Raising Wages Call to Action in which politicians and candidates will be judged based on their actions on raising wages. [more] 1-8-2015

President Cox Op-ed: Finding a Bargain for Government Buyers Shouldn’t Be a Crime

Important programs are being starved of vital funding because of inadequate revenues, congressional gridlock and sequestration. [more] 1-5-2015

VICTORY! AFGE Battle for Free TSO Parking Pays Off

Over 10 years ago, when AFGE first started working with TSA Officers seeking to form a union, we heard one issue loud and clear at many of the large and urban airports: FREE PARKING. [more] 12-30-2014

New Funding Strengthens Field Offices, Ensures Social Security Remains Accessible

The Social Security Administration will receive $100 million in new funding to strengthen Field Offices as part of the $1.1 trillion funding “CRomnibus” [more] 12-19-2014

AFGE Applauds Renaming of Lompoc Post Office for Slain Correctional Officer

President Obama signed a bill to rename the Lompoc post office in honor of a correctional officer killed in the line of duty. [more] 12-19-2014

District 2 Holds Organizing Drive

AFGE leaders spoke with more than 600 members and helped local activists sign up 57 new members during the four-day organizing blitz. [more] 12-19-2014

Local 1662 Wins Arbitration at Fort Huachuca Army Base

An AFGE member who was wrongfully suspended for eight days will receive back pay thanks to AFGE’s Legal Rights Program. [more] 12-19-2014

DoD Officials Say Travel Per Diem Cuts Won’t Apply to Union Members Until After Bargaining

AFGE recently participated in a meeting with three members of Congress, other unions representing Defense civilian workers, and DoD leadership. During the meeting, DoD officials informed us that the new policy won’t take effect for union members until unions have a chance to bargain over the changes. [more] 12-12-2014

House Budget Committee Ranking Member Shines Spotlight on Expensive Contracted Workforce

At the urging of AFGE, House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen asked the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to do an analysis on the cost of the contractor workforce and potential savings from reducing the use of expensive contractors. [more] 12-12-2014

House, Senate Pass Short-Term Funding Bill

The House late Thursday night passed a consolidated funding bill to keep most federal agencies running until September, 2015. The Department of Homeland Security, however, is only funded through February. [more] 12-12-2014

AFGE Wins Landmark Suitability Case in Federal Circuit

The AFGE General Counsel’s Office won a major legal victory this week that reaffirms the adverse action appeal rights of non-probationary federal employees who are removed by their employing agency at the direction of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). [more] 12-12-2014

Senate Passes New Retirement Savings Fund Bill

The Senate this week voted to adopt a House-passed bill that will automatically enroll new hires in the Lifecycle Fund, a federal employees’ retirement savings fund that’s geared toward younger employees and yields higher returns but also higher risk. [more] 12-12-2014

AFGE Represented on Asian Pacific Labor Board

An AFGE representative attended the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) executive meeting in December. [more] 12-12-2014

Shutdown Avoided

Spending bill prevents shutdown, but sequestration loom over new Congress [more] 12-12-2014

Border Patrol Union Praises House Passage of Landmark Pay Reform Bill

The Housepassed an AFGE-backed bill to reform the Border Patrol pay system. [more] 12-10-2014

AFGE TSA Council Reaches Highest Membership at 15,814!

Congratulations to the AFGE TSA Council for reaching the highest membership mark at 15,814 members! Starting with the first local and only 13 dues-paying members in 2003, AFGE now has 51 Locals across the country and one third of the entire TSO workforce as dues-paying members. [more] 12-10-2014

Funding for Rest of 2015 Expected for Most Agencies Except Homeland Security

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers said House and Senate negotiators are wrapping up negotiations over government funding bills and are hoping to file a consolidated bill to fund all agencies except the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of fiscal 2015. [more] 12-5-2014

House Passes Bill to Double Transit Subsidy for Workers

The House this week passed legislation that would increase the transit subsidy from $130 to $250 per month for workers whose employers offer transit subsidies, including federal employees. [more] 12-5-2014

House-Senate Negotiators Reach Agreement on Defense Authorization Act

House and Senate conferees this week reached an agreement on the 2015 Defense Authorization Act with a number of provisions that affect civilian employees. [more] 12-5-2014

Congressional Budget Office’s One-Sided Take on Deficit Reduction

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) continues its questionable process of coming up with a one-sided list of options presented to Congress as an a la carte menu for deficit reductions. [more] 12-5-2014

DoD Appears to Forsake Commitment to Saving Taxpayers’ Dollars Through Better Sourcing Decisions

The Defense Department is not very enthusiastic about saving taxpayers’ dollars as it has decided to halt the statutorily required inventory of service contracts. [more] 12-5-2014

Underpaid Workers at Minot AFB Win Pay Rate Increase

Employees have been suffering as wages lag behind spike in private-sector rates. [more] 12-4-2014

AFGE Reaches Highest Membership Ever

At 288,374 members, AFGE continues to pave the way for stronger employee representation and workplace rights through organizing. [more] 12-3-2014

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

Dr. Michelle Washington sounded 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 AFGE.org

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

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