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AFGE Remembers Oklahoma City on 20th Anniversary of Tragic Bombing

Twenty years ago an intentional explosion ripped through the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, forever changing the lives of those inside and those of us who called them our brothers and sisters. [more] 4-17-2015

Congress Wants to Cut Your Pay 12% to Give 5,500 Multi-Millionaires a $279 Tax Break

Just weeks after voting to cut your pay by 12%, Congress has already figured out what they want to do with your money: repeal the estate tax. [more] 4-17-2015

AFGE Rallies to Stop the Fast Track on the TPP

AFGE joined more than a thousand other labor and environmental activists Wednesday in a rally to stop the Fast Tracking of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). [more] 4-17-2015

Communications Contest

It’s not too late to enter AFGE’s 2015 Communications Contest! [more] 4-17-2015

AFGE Activists in Texas Join the Nationwide Fight for 15 Movement

Activists from AFGE Local 1920, AFGE Local 2109, and AFGE District 10 rallied in solidarity at Fort Hood Army Base Wednesday in support of a $15/hour minimum wage and a union for all workers. [more] 4-17-2015

AFGE Whistleblower Advocate Takes to Capitol Hill to Tell Her Story

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing Monday, April 13 regarding continued whistleblower retaliation within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Among the witnesses was AFGE Local 342 President Dr. Maryann Hooker. [more] 4-17-2015

Defend Our Jobs Website Gets Overhaul

AFGE relaunched the Defend Our Jobs web center this week to help employees keep track of Department of Defense spending and authorization bills as they move through Congress. [more] 4-17-2015

AFGE Celebrates A. Philip Randolph Day

AFGE remembers the labor and civil rights pioneer. [more] 4-15-2015

Grantham University Scholarship

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is partnering with Grantham University to offer one of its members a full scholarship to the University. [more] 4-14-2015

What Is the Quickest Way to Reduce DoD’s Personnel Cost?

Hire federal employees, the cheapest of all the three workforces, pointed out AFGE in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, whose office will soon consider an authorization bill for the Defense Department. [more] 4-10-2015

Which Lawmaker Seems Very Interested in Outsourcing Your Job?

As it turns out, this person was born in Maryland, which has one of the highest shares of federal jobs in the country. But Rep. Diane Black doesn’t represent the state she was born in. She represents Tennessee where she moved to after getting an associate’s degree in nursing. [more] 4-10-2015

Lawmakers to Start Putting Together Funding Bills Next Week

Members of Congress will return to Washington, D.C. next week to start working on various funding bills after a two-week recess. [more] 4-10-2015

How Union Solidarity Raises Minimum Wage for America

McDonald’s is the latest corporation to raise its minimum wage following a series of protests by workers backed by labor unions. [more] 4-10-2015

Know a Great Organizer? Nominate Him/Her or the Whole Team!

At our AFGE Triennial Convention in Orlando this year, a special organizing award will be given to an individual (member or staff) or group (Local, Council or staff team) of individuals. [more] 4-10-2015

Can You Hide Your Wealth Overseas to Avoid Taxes? These Corporations Can and Have Been Doing It for Years

These companies have something in common: they have stashed their profits overseas to avoid paying taxes while waiting for the next tax holiday where they can bring back the profits and get taxed at a much lower rate – usually in a single digit, which is lower than what most Americans pay. Learn who they are. [more] 4-10-2015

TSO Fired for Being Pregnant Wins Reinstatement

She should have been shopping for baby clothes - instead a pregnant 32-year-old TSA officer found herself filing for unemployment. [more] 4-7-2015

TSA Officers: Protect Us so We Can Protect You

TSA officers at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on Wednesday staged a protest demanding new security measures to protect passengers and employees in airport security screening areas. [more] 4-3-2015

AFGE Members Blew Whistle at Tomah VA to Protect Patients from Wrongfully Prescribed Drugs

The Tomah VA hospital in Wisconsin has been in the news lately for allegedly prescribing high doses of drugs to veterans. [more] 4-3-2015

Defense Grocery Stores Fired an Expensive Bakery Contractor But Is Looking for a New Expensive Contractor

The Defense Department is looking for ways to cut cost, but it appears that the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is not. [more] 4-3-2015

AFGE Denounces Indiana’s Freedom to Discriminate Law

Indiana Governor Mike Pence last week signed into law a bill that allows people and businesses to circumvent state laws on the grounds that they contradict a person’s religious beliefs. [more] 4-3-2015

VA Caught Red-Handed Wasting Tax Dollars on IT Contract That Could Be Done Cheaper In-house

AFGE Local 1745 in Texas demanded that the Department of Veterans Affairs immediately end an illegal contract of information technology work in the Project Management Accountability System Business Office. [more] 4-3-2015

AFGE Mourns Passing of former NST Allen Kaplan

AFGE mourns the passing of Allen Kaplan who served as AFGE National Secretary Treasurer from 1986 to 1991. [more] 4-3-2015

Air Safety is About Protecting People, Not Profits

This week, the TSA Committee of the Greater Orlando Airport Authority (GOAA) chose to maintain federal security screeners at the Orlando International Airport checkpoints rather than hiring private, for-profit contractors. [more] 4-2-2015

My Day With Cesar Chavez

One week before Cesar Chavez passed away, a young man and future AFGE leader found strength and inspiration from the labor leader’s life and death. [more] 3-31-2015

DEFCON Holds Spring Legislative Week in Washington

AFGE members from Department of Defense agencies held the first annual DEFCON Spring Legislative Week in Washington the week of March 23 [more] 3-27-2015

AFGE Young Workers Made a Splash at AFL-CIO Young Worker Summit

AFGE members and staff were active participants and key contributors to the AFL-CIO’s Young Worker Summit the largest gathering of young workers in the federation’s history. [more] 3-27-2015

These Are the People Who Voted to Cut Your Pay, Pension

The House of Representatives this week voted to approve a funding bill that would make it harder for you to work and retire with dignity. [more] 3-27-2015

What TSA Needs Is a New Law Enforcement Unit

A man armed with homemade explosives, a machete, and a bottle of poison walked into the New Orleans airport last Friday and started attacking Transportation Security Officers. [more] 3-27-2015

1 in 3 New Federal Hires Were Veterans

The federal government set a new record in hiring veterans. In fiscal 2014, 33.2% of new hires were veterans, up from 31% in 2013, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced this week. [more] 3-27-2015

They Were Very Young When They Changed the World

Did you know that several leaders of the labor and civil rights movements helped change the course of their communities and our collective history when they were only in their twenties and thirties? [more] 3-27-2015

This Is What AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Said about Young People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka inspired by the politics and energy of young people. [more] 3-27-2015

Frustrated Lawmakers Draw up Plan to Stop Their Colleagues from Robbing You

House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen and his colleagues are fed up with Robin Hood in reverse. They’re fed up with how some of their colleagues are trying to destroy the federal workforce that’s there to carry out our government’s work of promoting and protecting public interest. [more] 3-26-2015

Tragedy to Triumph: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr. made the following statement regarding the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. [more] 3-25-2015

AFGE Denounces House, Senate Budget Proposals

Both the Senate and House budgets for fiscal 2016 would require federal employees to contribute substantially more of their wages toward their retirement without getting any additional benefits in return. This would result in a 6% cut in salary for most current employees. [more] 3-20-2015

12 Ways the New Congressional Budget Proposals Impact Your Wallet

Both Houses of Congress this week issued their budget proposals for fiscal year 2016. Who are they going to help and who are they going to hurt? Find out below. *Spoiler* -- If you are not a corporation or a member of the Widen the Income Gap Caucus, you’re NOT gonna like it. [more] 3-20-2015

Government Tapping into Federal Employee Pensions

As the government approaches debt ceiling of $18.1 trillion on Monday, federal employees’ pensions once again are helping to forestall a government funding crisis. The Treasury Department will suspend investments into the trust fund that holds the assets of the federal employees' retirement systems. [more] 3-20-2015

This Is What the Future of the Labor Movement Looks Like

More than 70 AFGE young members and staff are attending the AFL-CIO NextUp Summit, making AFGE one of the largest delegations at the event to build young worker power for economic and social justice. [more] 3-20-2015

How the Federal Government’s Burning Away Your Money in 1 Chart

Of all the three workforces that do work for the federal government – federal civilian employees, military personnel, and contractors – federal civilian employees are the cheapest, often by two to three times. But because of politics, agencies are forced to cut down on the use of civilian employees and give the work to contractors. [more] 3-20-2015

ICE Employees Help to Ensure Human Rights Abusers Have No Place in the U.S.

Federal employees at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement help to ensure that war crime violators have no place in the United States. Investigators, lawyers, and researchers in ICE’s little known Human Rights Violators and War Crimes unit spend their days tracking down suspected human rights abusers who may currently be residing in the U.S. [more] 3-20-2015

Skilled Trades Workers in North Dakota, Montana Win Pay Rate Increase

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has approved a union-backed plan to increase wages for federal blue-collar employees at Minot Air Force Base and surrounding locations. AFGE has pressured the Department of Defense and OPM for two years to step up and match private-sector rates in the area, which have risen significantly in recent years. [more] 3-20-2015

AFGE Staffers Recognized for Community Service Outreach

The annual Evening with Labor awards dinner hosted by the Metro Washington Council took place on March 14 and among the winners were OPEIU Local 2 / AFGE Community Service Committee. [more] 3-20-2015

The Beauty of Union Membership

Across the country, more and more workers are joining unions – and for good reason. By becoming a member, workers gain representation in work issues, like arbitration and discipline. [more] 3-20-2015

The AFGE Communications Contest is Back

Every three years, AFGE members come together to reaffirm our commitment to building a better future for government employees during our national convention. We also take a moment to look back on the work we’ve done and how it has impacted not just other AFGE members, but every American that our members serve. It’s a unique moment to remember our history and look to the future. [more] 3-20-2015

House, Senate Leaders Propose Cutting Your Pay

Congressional leaders in the House and Senate don’t think you’ve sacrificed enough. In fact, they think you could do with a 5.5% pay cut. [more] 3-18-2015

DEFCON Sets Meeting with Senate Armed Services Committee Staff

DEFCON is scheduled to meet with majority and minority staff from the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Senate Armed Services Offices of the Russell Senate Office Building. [more] 3-18-2015

The March/April Government Standard is Here!

The March/April edition of the Government Standard has arrived! This issue features a look at how you can help AFGE grow Big Enough to Win, and a recap of the 2015 Legislative & Mobilization Conference. With so much to cover, this issue is a must-read! [more] 3-18-2015

AFGE Staffers Recognized for Community Service Outreach

The annual Evening with Labor awards dinner hosted by the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO brought together activists from around the area to celebrate community activism and reflect on the issues facing the labor movement. [more] 3-17-2015

House Budget Plan Retreads Failed Proposals of the Past

AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said the 2016 House Budget Plan missed the opportunity to create jobs and instead slashes the compensation and jobs of hard-working federal employees. [more] 3-17-2015

AFGE Invited to March with President Obama, President Bush in Selma

AFGE was honored to be the only union invited to join a group of civil right leaders and activists led by President Barack Obama to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge last weekend to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the civil rights march. [more] 3-13-2015

More Than 60 AFGE Activists to Represent AFGE at AFL-CIO Young Worker Summit

Young workers are leading some of the country’s most pressing fights for racial justice, gender equity, and LGBTQ rights. They are literally the future of the labor movement. That’s why AFGE is excited to report that more than 60 AFGE members and staff will attend the AFL-CIO’s Next Up Summit in Chicago on March 19-22. [more] 3-13-2015

AFGE Testifies on behalf of all Correctional Workers

AFGE Council of Prison Locals (CPL) President Eric Young testified passionately on behalf of the men and women working in our federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). [more] 3-13-2015

Council of Prison Locals Pushes Local Partnership

The Council of Prison Locals is encouraging every BOP local to host at least one partnership meeting with management every quarter to foster a good working relationship. [more] 3-13-2015

This Proposal Will Cut Commissary Worker’ Pay, Pensions

The Defense Department is planning to cut pay and pensions of commissary workers, as recommended by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. [more] 3-13-2015

Report: Federal Contract Spending Through the Roof

Our government and its workforce are there to create safe, thriving communities that benefit everyone. Protecting public safety, protecting food safety, protecting the environment, building mass transportation, providing education, and administering the justice system are some of the necessary functions that can only be adequately provided by a democratically elected government acting in the public interest. [more] 3-13-2015

Obama to Meet with AFGE Local Leaders at Phoenix VA Hospital

President Barack Obama is visiting the Phoenix VA hospital this Friday, and he has asked to meet with AFGE Local 2382 President Louis Curry and staff when he’s there. [more] 3-11-2015

Border Patrol Agents Benefit from Union Representation

Border Patrol agents protect the American public by deterring drug, weapons, and human trafficking into the country. [more] 3-11-2015

Welcome to Women's History Month

March is recognized as Women’s History Month and AFGE’s Women’s and Fair Practices Departments will again take this opportunity to inform you of a few women - some of them you may know and others you may not - who have done great things and made history. [more] 3-10-2015

AFGE VA Local’s Push Back Got Management to Scrap Outsourcing Plan

A few weeks ago, the AFGE Local at the Phoenix VA Medical Center was asked by management to agree to contracting out Scheduling Clerks positions and even drafted a Memorandum of Understanding for them to sign. [more] 3-6-2015

SSA Local 3615 Celebrates Black History Month

“When you are young, gifted, and black, your soul’s intact. Young, gifted, and black, oh how long I tell the truth. There are times when I look back, and I am haunted by my youth. But my joy of today is that we are all proud to sing. [more] 3-6-2015

Panel, Pentagon Come after Military Families, Employees

The exchanges and commissaries are an earned benefit treasured by military families and an important contributor to their quality of life. The modest cost of providing military families with inexpensive but essential goods and services is almost invisible in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) overall budget. [more] 3-6-2015

This Bill Will Rob You of Your Retirement

In a renewed attempt to scapegoat public service employees for the Wall Street financial crisis, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman introduced legislation that would rob employees of a big chunk of the pensions they've earned over their career. [more] 3-5-2015

AFGE Remembers Linda Mason

""We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Linda Mason on Saturday, Feb. 28. Linda’s life was animated by two great passions, labor and religion, and she pursued both with extraordinary intelligence and strength." - AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr. [more]

DHS Shutdown Averted

Together, we stopped the Department of Homeland Security from shutting down. [more] 3-3-2015

BOP Expands Use of Pepper Spray to All Staff at All Medium-Security Prisons

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has agreed to allow all staff at all high and medium security prisons to carry pepper spray to protect themselves and others if attacked by inmates. [more] 3-3-2015

DHS Remains on Brink of Shutdown

The short-term measure that funds the important work of TSA, Border Patrol, ICE, FEMA, Coast Guard, FPS and other DHS agencies will expire on Friday at at midnight. [more] 3-2-2015

DEFCON to Host Spring Lobbying Week

AFGE’s Defense Conference (DEFCON) will be hosting its first annual Spring Lobbying Week from March 22-27 in Washington, D.C. [more] 3-2-2015

JNS Scholarship Open for Applications

The registration process for the AFGE John N. Sturdivant Scholarship (JNS) is open online for the 2015-2016 FEEA scholarship season. [more]

These Bills Ensure DHS Employees Get Paid If DHS Shuts Down

Two AFGE-backed bills have been introduced in the House and Senate this week to ensure that employees in the Department of Homeland Security will be paid retroactively should a departmentwide shutdown occur. [more] 2-27-2015

FMLA for Feds in Same-Sex Marriages No Matter Where They Live

The Labor Department announced the rule change in keeping with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, which struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act provision that interpreted "marriage" and "spouse" to be limited to opposite-sex marriage for the purposes of federal law. [more] 2-27-2015

We Need a Speed Bump, Not Fast Track

Twenty years ago, NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) was sold to Americans as a job-creating, economy-stimulating trade deal. But 20 years later, we know we have been duped [more] 2-27-2015

AFGE Takes Part in Labor Department’s Black History Month

AFGE was honored to be invited to the Department of Labor’s Black History Month celebration featuring one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced – Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. [more] 2-27-2015

GAO to DHS: Your Employee Morale Still in the Dumps

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees don’t need another threat of a shutdown to make them even more miserable. They are already the least happy group of employees in the federal government. [more] 2-27-2015

For These Married TSOs, Shutdown Comes with Double the Anxiety

TSOs have lots of reasons to worry about a DHS shutdown; being forced to work without pay would be enough to unnerve anyone. But for Vaughn and Tammy Glenn, there is twice the anxiety. [more] 2-26-2015

VA Suicide Hotline Documentary Wins Oscar

When suicidal veterans cry out for help, these are the people they call. [more] 2-25-2015

Online Registration Open for AFGE JNS Scholarship

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) is a non-profit organization devoted to helping civilian federal and postal employees through annual education based scholarships, emergency assistance and child care subsidies. [more] 2-24-2015

Past African American Super Bowl and Academy Awards Winners

Since February is also the month where most Americans are glued to their televisions, watching two of the most highly rated television events of the year - The Super Bowl and The Academy Awards - we thought it would be fitting to highlight how African Americans have shaped these two iconic events. [more] 2-24-2015

Caught on Camera: Lawmakers Speak Out

See What These Lawmakers Say About You. [more] 2-19-2015

Army Corps of Engineers Needs to Come Clean about Its Pilot Project

It’s a new year, and federal employees working for the Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) are not sure what’s in store for them. [more] 2-20-2015

Mass Transit Benefit Up and Permanent

A bill has been introduced to make sure that those using mass transit receive the same tax treatment as those driving to work. [more] 2-20-2015

This Bill Ensures Retirement Fairness for Correctional Officers

Congress needs to pass an AFGE-backed bill recently introduced that would ensure retirement fairness for correctional officers who risk the lives every single day keeping the most dangerous felons behind bars [more] 2-20-2015

The Veterans Have Spoken: No One Does it Better than the VA

It’s official. Since its November debut, only a handful of veterans have opted to seek care from private-sector providers under the controversial Choice Card privatization program. [more] 2-19-2015

AFGE Celebrates Black History Month

The month of February is recognized as Black History Month. This year's theme is "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture". [more] 2-18-2015

AFGE Activists Heat up a Cold Afternoon on Capitol Hill

Nearly 500 AFGE members who attended the union’s legislative conference marched to Capitol Hill to demand an end to attacks on the federal workforce and job-and-morale-killing sequestration. [more] 2-13-2015

The 15 Best Moments from AFGE’s 2015 Legislative Conference

It was a big week in Washington, D.C. as AFGE members from around the country visited their lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Click here to read the 15 best moments from the 2015 Legislative & Grassroots Mobilization Conference. [more] 2-13-2015

AFGE Fact-Checks Op-ed Attacking DoD Civilians

AFGE shot back at a Wall Street Journal op-ed which misrepresented facts about the size of the civilian workforce at the Defense Department. [more] 2-13-2015

This Bill Could Save Correctional Officers’ Lives

A critical bill has been introduced in the Senate, and its passage could mean life or death for Bureau of Prisons officers. [more] 2-13-2015

VA Secretary Receives Enthusiastic Welcome at AFGE Legislative Conference

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald received a rock star welcome as he addressed a packed house at the AFGE National VA Council’s meeting early Sunday morning. The Council meeting is part of AFGE’s annual Legislative Conference being held here in Washington, D.C. Feb. 8-11. [more] 2-13-2015

AFGE Paid off Its Mortgage!

The National Executive Council of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is proud to report to you that the mortgage on the AFGE National Office Building located in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, D.C. was paid off in December 2014, well in advance of the final payment due in August 2021. [more] 2-13-2015

30,000 DHS Employees Could Be furloughed

If Congress doesn’t fund the Department of Homeland Security by the end of this month, 30,000 employees will be furloughed. Even though many of the workers are considered essential employees and would have to show up to work, it is wrong to require people to work without pay. [more] 2-13-2015

Jose Rivera's Family Needs Your Help

Brothers and sisters of the Bureau of Prisons, when we see a fellow correctional officer or their family in need, we take care of our own. Right now, the family of fallen officer Jose Rivera needs our help. [more] 2-13-2015

Roses Are Nice, But Respect And Raises Are Better

Just days before Valentine’s Day, hundreds of federal employees descended upon Washington, D.C. demanding the respect and fair compensation they deserve. [more] 2-12-2015

The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale

AFGE is proud to announce that we have joined with more than 60 national organizations to form A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. [more] 2-12-2015

VA Secretary Receives Enthusiastic Welcome at AFGE Legislative Conference

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald received a rock star welcome as he addressed a packed house at the AFGE National VA Council’s meeting early Sunday morning. [more] 2-10-2015

Kentucky Unionists 1 – Chamber of Commerce 0

Union members in Kentucky have been fighting a war against right-to-work-for-less legislation. So far they have successfully stopped many counties from adopting the anti-worker measure. [more] 2-6-2015

American Legion to VA: Don’t Outsource Veterans Healthcare to Private Sector

The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization with 2.4 million members worldwide, recently told Congress that the health care the Department of Veterans Affairs provides to veterans is more cost-effective and superior than that provided by the private sector. [more] 2-6-2015

Cincinnati VA Doesn’t Have Enough Resources to Serve Veterans

AFGE Local 2031 members at the Cincinnati VA hospital don't have the resources and staff they need to properly serve veterans. They held a protest in front of the hospital last Friday to draw attention to the problem. [more] 2-6-2015

DoD to Host First AFGE-DoD Depot/Arsenal Meeting at Pentagon

John Johns, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, will host the AFGE Depot/Arsenal Caucus at the Pentagon on Thursday, Feb. 12, for a roundtable discussion on policy and budget issues impacting the government-owned, government-operated industrial base. [more] 2-6-2015

Budget Proposal Agency Breakdown

See which agencies saw a budget increase, and those whose budgets decreased in the 2015 Budget Proposal. [more] 2-6-2015

Repeal New Federal Employee Pay Cuts

At the urging of AFGE, Rep. Donna Edwards (MD) reintroduced a bill that would repeal massive pay cuts to new federal employees. [more] 2-6-2015

Lifting The Middle Class

12 Things You Need to Know about Obama’s 2016 Budget Proposal [more] 2-6-2015

AFGE Applauds Obama Budget Plan to End Sequestration, Says Federal Worker Proposals Fall Short

President Obama’s 2016 budget falls short of his State of the Union pledge to raise living standards for middle-class Americans by failing to honor the nation’s commitment to our dedicated public sector employees, AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said today. [more] 2-2-2015

6 Extra Weeks of Paid Leave for Feds?

Some lawmakers are more in support of family values than others, and those who support allowing more time for new mothers and fathers to bond with their babies deserve kudos from everyone. After all, we were all babies once and many of us will have children of our own. [more] 1-30-2015

House, Senate Leadership Giving Non-partisan CBO Chief the Boot

Majority leaders in the House and Senate are reportedly replacing Douglas Elmendorf as director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). [more] 1-30-2015

AFGE Urges Congress to Reject Plans to Destroy Jobs, Waste Taxpayer Dollars

AFGE is urging members of Congress to reject two bills pending in Congress that would kill nearly 400,000 jobs, undermine local economies, and waste taxpayer dollars. [more] 1-30-2015

AFGE TSA Local in Orlando Fought Back Against Cancelled Breaks and Won

AFGE TSA Local 556 in Orlando, Florida, (MCO) recently won a case in which a local airport manager was found to have violated the AFGE/TSA collective bargaining agreement when she inappropriately cancelled TSA officers’ 15-minute breaks on the east checkpoint. [more] 1-30-2015

House Bill on VA Bonuses Could Be Used to Retaliate against Whistleblowers

A bill introduced earlier this month to take back bonuses given to employees could be used to retaliate against whistleblowers looking to speak out against mismanaged care for veterans. [more] 1-30-2015

AFGE: Reorganization Makes VA Less Top Heavy

AFGE has long said that the Department of Veterans Affairs is top heavy and that the department needs more frontline workers in order to better serve veterans. [more] 1-30-2015

AFGE Supports Bill to Restore Pension Fairness for Feds

The American people subsidize corporations through corporate tax breaks every year. In 2013 alone, they shelled out $1,328 per household, or nearly $176 billion to companies, many of which make billions in profit a year. [more] 1-30-2015

Obama Proposes to End Sequestration

In his 2016 budget proposal to be released next Monday, President Barack Obama will propose ending sequestration cuts that have damaged the middle class and hampered scientific discoveries, job creation, progress in education, among other things. [more] 1-30-2015

TSOs Discover Record Number of Firearms

In 2014, TSA Officers discovered a record 2,212 firearms -of which more than 80% were loaded- in carry-on bags at airports across the country; a whopping 22% increase from 2013. [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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