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10 More Weeks: Shutdown Clock Restarts as Congress Punts

Federal employees face 10 more weeks of needless worry and uncertainty thanks to a vote by Congress to keep the government running only until Dec. 11. [more] 10-1-2015

13 Things You Need to Know about Final Deal on 2016 Defense Authorization Act

Members of the House and Senate have finished the final version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, and their final deal has more bad news than good news for federal employees, warfighters, and taxpayers. [more] 10-1-2015

We’re Just 241 Members Shy of 300,000 – Will You Be the One to Recruit AFGE’s 300,000th Member?

AFGE closed the month of September with an increase of 853 employees. We’re now at 299,759 members, a new record high and only 241 members shy of our immediate goal of 300,000. [more] 10-1-2015

How did one local organize hundreds of members without inviting a single non-member to their event?

For Muriel Newman, a beauty pageant contestant-turned-local president, union work was love at first sight. She was an AFGE member and a clinical chemist in the laboratory at Malcom Randall Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida, when the former president of her local asked her to help with another member’s case filed with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). [more] 10-1-2015

What You Need to Know about OPM’s Unacceptable Insurance Increase

Starting in January, federal employees who participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program will be hit hard with increased premiums. According to the Office of Personnel Management, here’s what the increases will look like. [more] 10-1-2015

TSA Officers, Pope Francis, and the Biggest Security Event in U.S. History

TSA Officers ensure that travelers reach their destinations safely every day. Last week, they were tasked with assisting one very special traveler: Pope Francis. [more] 10-1-2015

The Federal Workforce as a symbol of Distaste in Government?

That's the question President Cox posed in a letter to the Department of Defense's Chief Financial Officer after a former comptroller's divisive comments came to light. [more] 10-1-2015

DoD to Outsource Certain Space Operations?

Because of the confidential and sensitive nature of the work, the Defense Department has been using military personnel to perform satellite launches, routine military communication links, and space-based surveillance operations. [more] 10-1-2015

These Lawmakers Want to Protect Feds If Congress Shuts down Government

Federal employees are not guaranteed pay if they’re locked out of their jobs during a shutdown. These lawmakers are trying to do something about it. [more] 10-1-2015

Wounded Warriors Are Now One Step Closer to Accessing the Treatment They Need

Reps. Don Beyer and Rob Wittman of Virginia has introduced a bill that would ensure that all federal employees receive retroactive pay for the duration of any shutdown, regardless of furlough status. [more] 10-1-2015

AFGE Wins 5 Union Elections!

We’re proud to welcome new AFGE members in San Diego, Dallas, Phoenix, and Fort Meade! [more] 10-1-2015

Why Boehner’s Resignation Is an Embarrassment for Everyone

House Speaker John Boehner is stepping down. You probably know that. You also may know John Boehner has never been a friend of federal employees. [more] 10-1-2015

Shutdown Delayed: 10 More Weeks

Congress has funded the government for now, but the real funding battle lays ahead. [more] 9-30-2015

Obama Joins in Celebration of Federal Nurses Week

Read the White House proclamation honoring Federal Nurses Week. [more] 9-28-2015

Raising the Bar Behind Bars

Every day, correctional workers walk into their workplace and put their life on the line to protect their community. Here's what AFGE is doing to keep them safe. [more] 9-25-2015

As Chinese President Pays Visit to U.S., OPM Reveals New Number of Fingerprints Stolen

As Chinese President pays a visit to the U.S., OPM reveals a new number of fingerprints stolen. [more] 9-25-2015

Hispanic Heritage Month by Numbers

5 facts behind the Hispanic Americans who have shaped American politics [more] 9-25-2015

Have You Thanked a Nurse Today? It's Federal Nurses Week

Anyone who has been in a hospital knows that nursing professionals are often the first people you see when you enter and the last you speak to before you leave. [more] 9-25-2015

This Is What Happened When Congress Shut down CDC in 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is known for its work in helping prevent diseases and protect people from food borne illnesses. [more] 9-25-2015

15 Ways a Government Shutdown Pretty Much Hurts Everyone

Funding for most federal agencies will run out at midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 30, unless Congress funds the government. [more] 9-25-2015

2015 Shutdown Explained

It’s absurd, we know. The last shutdown wreaked havoc on many fronts, but many elected officials, driven by their ideological agenda – this time over funding for Planned Parenthood, are shooting for a sequel [more] 9-25-2015

These Congressmen Want to Give You Back Pay in the Event of a Shutdown

Two elected officials from Virginia are sending a dear colleague letter to their coworkers asking them to co-sponsor a bill that would make sure federal employees get paid immediately after the government re-opens in the event of a shutdown. [more] 9-25-2015

The National Security Personnel System (NSPS) Explained

What is the NSPS? How did the Department of Defense implement it? Why is it important now? Read our NSPS explainer to find out. [more] 9-25-2015

AFGE Celebrates Federal Nurses Week

During the week of Sept. 22 - 28, we honor federal workers in the nursing profession who bring world-class care to patients across the country. [more] 9-22-2015

Pentagon Resurrects Tried-and-Failed NSPS

The Defense Department has proposed to move employees out of Title 5 and create an NSPS for them. [more] 9-17-2015

6 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave for Feds?

Nobody should have to choose between their child and a paycheck. [more] 9-17-2015

This Bill Would Right the Wrong at TSA

Providing benefits to families of TSA employees killed in the line of duty is the right thing to do. [more] 9-17-2015

AFGE Welcomes Journey for Justice Marchers to Washington

50 years after the Voting Rights Act became law, systematic voter suppression in the form of new voting laws has resulted in millions not being able to cast their ballots. These marchers are trying to do something about it. [more] 9-17-2015

A New Master Agreement Comes with a New Era of Collaboration at U.S. Marshals Service

After 20 years, a new collective bargaining agreement has been signed to pave the way for a new era of collaboration at the U.S. Marshals Service. [more] 9-17-2015

5 Reasons Why S. 1856 is the Right Fix for VA

There’s a right way to fix the VA and there’s a wrong way to fix the VA. This bill is the right way to do it. [more] 9-17-2015

AFGE Welcomes Two-Newly Organized Units to the Union Family

Doctors and dentists at the Phoenix VA hospital voted AFGE. [more] 9-17-2015

Is This Man the Future of the Labor Movement?

Local 1456 activist Francis Nichols awarded first-ever Y.O.U.N.G. Emerging Leader Award for advocating for young & LGBT members [more] 9-17-2015

Right to Work for Less Law Failed in Missouri

Missouri elected officials passed a bad law. The governor vetoed it. They tried to override his veto. Then this happened. [more] 9-17-2015

The Government Standard Sept / Oct Edition

Read the September / October Issue of the Government Standard to learn about important news that impacts you. [more] 9-14-2015

Will You Get Paid if the Government Shuts Down in Two Weeks?

The 2013 government shutdown cost the economy $24 billion, and it could happen again at the end of this month. [more] 9-10-2015

Tapping into G Fund Is Immoral

For some in the military, the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is the only retirement savings fund that they have. But if Congress gets their way and raids the G Fund of TSP, our military and other federal employees and retirees will receive less money when they retire. [more] 9-10-2015

What Have We Learned from 9/11?

Fourteen years after the worst terrorist attack on American soil, the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security have secured our borders, kept dangerous people and luggage off of our planes, and helped thousands recover from attacks and disasters. [more] 9-10-2015

To Counter Surge in Violence, Border Patrol Needs More Agents, Better Training

In order to counter the surge of violence along the Southern Border, AFGE National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd says that we need more Border Patrol agents, fewer managers, and better training. [more] 9-10-2015

AFGE Local President Wins El Paso Labor Advocate Award

Paul Ferris’s dedication to his patients at Ft. Bliss and his commitment to AFGE Local 2516 in El Paso, TX, earned him the 2015 Labor Advocate Award by the El Paso Central Labor Union. [more] 9-10-2015

AFGE Pushes Agencies to Inventory Service Contracts

Agencies have until February 15, 2016 to submit their inventories of service contracts to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), according to a new OMB data call. [more] 9-10-2015

Management Suspended This BDO for Doing What They Told Her to Do. AFGE Helped Reverse Suspension.

An arbitrator recently reversed a three-day suspension against a Behavior Detection Officer from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, thanks to outstanding representation by the AFGE General Counsel’s Office. [more] 9-10-2015

Let AFGE’s Office of the General Counsel Help Your Local in Court

From arbitrations to complex appellate court cases, the AFGE Office of the General Counsel is here to help you and your local free of charge. [more] 9-10-2015

4 Steps To Counter Border Violence

The head of the union representing Border Patrol agents says the agency needs more agents, fewer managers, and better training to counter a surge in violence along the Southern border. [more] 9-10-2015

DoD Is Cutting Cheapest Workforce in Haste to “Cut Costs”

DoD's plan singles out the cost-effective civilian workforce while ignoring the vast bureaucracy of expensive contractor personnel. [more] 9-9-2015

AFGE: 1.3% Pay Raise for Feds Doesn’t Cut It

The costs for groceries, health insurance, and other necessities have all gone up. That’s why the workers who keep America running need a real pay raise, not the paltry 1.3% increase proposed by the administration for 2016. [more] 9-4-2015

AFGE President Joins March to End Voter Suppression in North Carolina

AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. on Wednesday joined Rev. William Barber, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and hundreds of activists in a rally at the North Carolina General Assembly to end voter suppression. [more] 9-4-2015

Hostile Work Environment at Iron Mountain VA Affects Quality of Care for Veterans

AFGE Veterans Affairs Local 2280 President Benjamin Balkum has spoken out against poor practices at the Iron Mountain VA hospital that hurt quality of care for veterans. [more] 9-4-2015

Data Breach Victims to Receive 3 Years Coverage

All 21.5 million federal employees and family members whose personal data was stolen during the data breach involving OPM’s background investigation records will be eligible to receive three years of identity theft and identity restoration services under a contract with Identity Theft Guard Solutions. [more] 9-4-2015

AFGE Is One Step Closer to 300,000 Members!

The August numbers are in. We now stand at 298,906 members, an increase of 1,042 from July. [more] 9-4-2015

DoD’s Contractor Workforce Is Either As Big or Bigger Than Its Civilian Workforce

The Department of Defense had at least 641,428 contractor employees working on various projects in 2014, according to a new service contractor inventory released this week. [more] 9-4-2015

Celebrate Labor Day with an Act of Solidarity

It’s been 133 years since the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City in 1882. The celebration of a workers’ holiday, with help from the labor movement, later spread to other states and eventually became a national, legal holiday. [more] 9-4-2015

AFGE Members Picket Dangerous Understaffing at FCC Hazelton Prison

Correctional workers stood united alongside Interstate 68 near Bruceton Mills, WV to raise awareness and demand action on this critical safety issue. FCC Hazelton is currently understaffed beyond what the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) considers to be safe, forcing dozens of correctional officers there to work overtime. [more] 9-4-2015

VA Employees in California, West Virginia Voted to Join AFGE

Veterans Affairs employees at the VA Employee Education System, Long Beach, CA and two Vet Centers in Beckley and Princeton, WV voted this week to be represented by AFGE. [more] 9-4-2015

Sen. Durbin Questions Rock Island Arsenal Commander over Filling Civilian Positions with Reservists

Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois is not very happy with Rock Island Arsenal’s practice of filling civilian positions with military reservists. That practice, known as the Personnel Force Innovation (PFI) program, should only be used in certain circumstances. [more] 9-4-2015

Senator Chastises DoD for Lack of Enthusiasm to Use Good Data

Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois recently sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter criticizing the way the department is managing its workforces, especially its tendency to use contractors to do the work even though they are two to three times more expensive than DoD civilians. [more] 9-4-2015

Feds in D.C. Area Urged to Telework during Pope Francis’s Visit

To help lessen traffic congestion and minimize the distraction to law enforcement and security officials during Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the Washington, D.C. area on Sept. 22-24, the Office of Personnel Management is strongly urging agencies to allow federal workers in the area to telework to keep the government operating and minimize work disruptions. [more] 9-4-2015

AFGE’s Education Program Trains Next Generation of Union Leaders

AFGE’s Field Services and Education Department plays a major role in helping locals and councils draft their collective bargaining agreements and train the next generation of union leaders. [more] 9-4-2015

Sign Now: Help TSA Officers Get Equal Rights in the Workplace

Did you know TSA Officers aren't treated like other federal government employees? You can help them get Title V rights and equal workplace protections by signing this petition. [more] 8-31-2015

Keep the Convention Momentum Going By Staying In Touch

AFGE’s 40th National Convention in Orlando may have come to a close last week, but our work has just begun. Keep the conversation going and follow the latest AFGE news on our website, social media pages, and texting list. Stay in the loop and together we will grow this union to be Big Enough to Win. [more] 8-28-2015

Looking for Photos and Videos from AFGE’s 40th National Convention?

All photos and videos from the Convention will be available for viewing and downloading starting Monday, but our plenty are available for viewing now! [more] 8-28-2015

Guess Who Was Just Named Federal Union President of the Year?

Popular government news website Fedsmill has named AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr. its Federal Union President of the Year. [more] 8-28-2015

And the Winner is...

At the 2015 Convention, AFGE honored the individuals and locals with PAC and LAF Awards for their hard work and dedication. See the winners: [more] 9-1-2015

New Collective Bargaining Training Videos Explain Types of Bargaining & Union Rights

In order to help local leaders bargain for the fair treatment and working conditions our members have earned, AFGE’s Field Services & Education Department has created a new online video series on collective bargaining. [more] 8-28-2015

AFGE’s Information Services Team Keeps You Safe, Secure, & Ready to Organize

Most members probably wouldn’t guess that Information Services has a big role in organizing and representation. But they play a bigger part than you may think. [more] 8-28-2015

America Celebrates Women’s Equality Day, But There’s Still a Long Way to Go

95 years ago on Wednesday, Congress passed the 19th Amendment and granted millions of women the right to vote – but we still have a long way to go to ensure equality for women. [more] 8-28-2015

DoD Allocates $132 million to fund data breach credit monitoring

The Department of Defense is setting aside $132 million this year to pay for credit monitoring services for Pentagon workers and contractors whose personal information was stolen during the massive Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach. [more] 8-28-2015

TSA Activist James Mudrock Makes It His Mission to Win Basic Workplace Rights for TSA Officers

James Mudrock is a devoted union activist and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer. His new mission: to ensure that all TSA workers gain full bargaining rights under Title 5. [more] 8-28-2015

10 years after Katrina, FEMA on solid ground

The lessons that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) learned from Hurricane Katrina have helped the agency aid millions of families in disasters. [more] 8-28-2015

Delegates Re-elect Top Three National Officers

National President J. David Cox Sr., National Secretary-Treasurer Eugene Hudson Jr., and National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices Augusta Y. Thomas all were returned to office for another three-year term. [more] 8-21-2015

AFGE Stresses Expansive Vision for the Future, Solidarity in Labor Movement at 40th National Convention

AFGE opened our 40th Convention on Monday with a message of growth, strength, and solidarity in the labor movement – the key components that will help us defeat attacks against the union. [more] 8-21-2015

40th National Convention Award Winners

AFGE gave out awards to members, locals, councils, and districts for their outstanding work moving the union forward. Here’s the rundown. [more]

Council of Prison Locals Raises Funds in Honor of Jose Rivera at AFGE Convention

The AFGE Council of Prison Locals has been raising funds to build the Jose Rivera Memorial Park at USP Atwater in California. [more] 8-21-2015

AFGE Saddened by Attack on 3 Correctional Workers at USP Canaan; Council of Prison Locals Calls for Prison Reform

Three correctional workers at USP Canaan in Canaan, Pennsylvania, were assaulted in the dining hall on Tuesday by an inmate they supervised. [more] 8-21-2015

AFGE Leaders Celebrate Life of Civil Rights Pioneer Julian Bond

National President Cox, NST Hudson and NVP WFP Thomas expressed their deep sadness on the passing of the civil rights pioneer. [more] 8-21-2015

Happy 83rd Birthday, AFGE!

Founded during the Great Depression and spanning 80 years over 14 U.S. presidencies, AFGE was born during the worst of times. But against all odds, we have achieved much and became the largest federal employee union in the country. [more] 8-21-2015

AFGE Wins Election at Huntsville Army Corps of Engineers

To read the full results from your agency, click “read more.” [more] 8-21-2015

Council Elections Results Are In!

To read the full results from your agency, click “read more.” [more] 8-21-2015

Members Awarded for Organizing, Political Action, Young Activism

Here’s a rundown of all of the awards that were handed out today during the General Session. [more] 8-18-2015

AFGE Stresses Big Enough to Win, Solidarity on 1st Day of Convention

AFGE opened the first day of our 40th Convention with a message of growth, strength, and solidarity in the labor movement – the key components that will help us defeat attacks against the union. [more] 8-18-2015

Americans Celebrate 80 Years of Social Security

Social Security turns 80 on Friday, Aug. 14. Since its creation, the program has helped Americans live with financial security and dignity in their old age. [more] 8-12-2015

Senators Seek to Eliminate IRS Union

The war on federal employees and their unions marches on as elected officials in the Senate seek to make the IRS an independent agency and get rid of its union. [more] 8-12-2015

How Would You like Your Social Security Cut by 20%?

If you work hard and invest into something, you should reap the benefits. But next year, 11 million Americans who have worked hard and paid into Social Security for 22 years on average stand to lose a big chunk of their hard earned money – nearly 20% to be exact. [more] 8-12-2015

AFGE Condemns McCain’s Bill Mandating Wholesale Privatization of the VA

If Sen. John McCain has his way, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be forced to send a very large share of veterans who seek VA care to for-profit private clinics and hospitals which are more expensive and inferior to the specialized care provided by the VA. [more] 8-12-2015

Coast Guard Employees in Curtis Bay Voted AFGE

A new Coast Guard unit in Maryland has recently been added to the AFGE family! A small but united group of 40 Wage Grade warehouse employees at the USCG in Curtis Bay unanimously voted for AFGE to be their exclusive representative. [more] 8-12-2015

National Convention Is Just around the Corner

AFGE is gearing up for our 40th national convention to be held next week on Aug. 17-21 in Orlando, Florida. [more] 8-12-2015

New Training Videos for AFGE Activists Are Here!

AFGE’s Field Service and Education Department (FSED) has released new training videos for union leaders and activists as part of our new expanded education program in support of the union’s Big Enough to Win strategy. [more] 8-12-2015

AFGE TSA Officer Saves Ailing Passenger’s Life at Security Checkpoint

TSA Officer and AFGE Local 333 member Connie LaBouff is being hailed as a hero after saving an ailing passenger’s life at her Philadelphia International Airport security checkpoint last week. [more] 8-12-2015

Local 222 Correctional Officers and MNA Nurses in Solidarity

Correctional officers from AFGE Local 222 at Devens federal prison last week joined the Massachusetts Nurses Association for an informational picket calling for better pay and increased staffing. [more] 8-12-2015

Affirming the Rights of LGBTQ Workers: A Labor Issue

LGBTQ workers still face serious challenges in the workplace despite recent moves toward real equality. The Labor movement is here to protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination and advance equal rights for all workers. [more] 8-12-2015

AFGE TSA Officer Saves Ailing Passenger’s Life at Security Checkpoint

TSA Officer and AFGE Local 333 member Connie LaBouff is being hailed as a hero after saving an ailing passenger’s life at her Philadelphia International Airport security checkpoint last week. [more] 8-12-2015

Possible 50-Day Furloughs, RIF at Forest Service

The Labor Department is cutting funding for the Forest Service Job Corps Centers by $16 million, raising questions about possible furloughs or a reduction-in-force (RIF) at several centers. [more] 8-7-2015

Victims of 2nd Data Breach to Receive Notifications Starting Next Month

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced this week that notifications will begin to go out to the 21.5 million individuals affected by the data breach involving the federal government’s background investigation records beginning in September. [more] 8-7-2015

AFGE Wins Petition to Consolidate National Park Service Units in 7 States

Federal employees represented by AFGE at national parks, monuments, battlefields, historical sites, scenic rivers and trails in seven states will soon be covered under one strong master collective bargaining agreement after AFGE won a petition to consolidate units in the Northeast Region. [more] 8-7-2015

AFGE: Violent Inmates Need to Be Segregated to Protect Correctional Officers

Correctional officers are attacked by violent inmates almost daily. Some have been killed. Clearly, something needs to be done about it. [more] 8-7-2015

AFGE Won Elections at Redstone Arsenal

AFGE this week won elections for both professionals and non-professionals at the Redstone space command in Alabama. [more] 8-7-2015

The Koch Brothers Strike Again. The Target? Military Personnel

An organization bankrolled by the notorious Koch Brothers is arguing that predatory payday lenders should be allowed to take advantage of our men and women in uniform [more] 8-7-2015

AFGE Now Offering Online Stewards Training

AFGE is offering a one-day online training for new stewards or member activists interested in becoming a steward on September 9 and 10, 2015. [more] 8-7-2015

This Week’s AFGE Pick to Click

What do U.S. companies like Goodyear, ExxonMobil, and Freeport-McMoRan have in common? A long record of horrendous labor and human rights abuses disguised as a campaign for freedom and democracy in Indonesia. [more] 8-7-2015

Going to the Mat: Olympian and AFGE Member Goes for the Gold

Internationally ranked judo athlete & Bureau of Prisons accountant Grace Jividen wins silver at World Police & Fire Games [more] 8-5-2015

Under Full Sequestration, Army Could Cut Additional 6,000 Civilian Jobs on Top of Initial 17,000

Contractors are about to have a field day as the latest analysis shows the Army, under full sequestration, will have to cut an additional 6,000 civilian positions on top of the 17,000 earlier reported. [more] 7-31-2015

After Nearly 20 Years, AFGE, HUD Sign New Contract

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and HUD AFGE Council 222 last week signed a new labor-management contract, the first in nearly 20 years. [more] 7-31-2015

Fate of Defense Employees up in the Air

Conferees of the 2016 Defense National Authorization Act are unlikely to come up with the final version of the bill before they leave town for the August recess, giving elected officials time to consider various provisions that would affect hundreds of thousands of defense civilian employees. [more] 7-31-2015

Unions & Latinos: We Want to Hear from You

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, the AFL-CIO Labor Council For Latin American Advancement (LCAA) is putting together a new report about how unions can positively impact the lives of Latinos. The LCAA is looking for YOUR stories to feature in their new report. [more] 7-31-2015

AFGE Mobilization Puts the Brakes on Bad VA Bill

The record breaking calls from AFGE activists to their elected members of Congress blocked efforts to rush a bad bill through both the House and the Senate before they leave town for the August recess this week. [more] 7-31-2015

AFGE supports bill that would block loss of up to 20% of your Social Security

If you work hard and invest into something, you should reap the benefits. But next year, 11 million Americans who have worked hard and paid into Social Security for 22 years on average stand to lose a big chunk of their hard earned money – nearly 20% to be exact. [more] 7-31-2015

AFGE Activists Got Congress to Keep VA Hospitals Open, Avoid Furloughs

Thanks to letters and phone calls AFGE activists made to their elected officials this week, both the House and the Senate approved legislation that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs the flexibility to shift funds from one account to another to keep hospitals open and avoid furloughing employees. [more] 7-31-2015

AFGE Denounces Passage of House Bill H.R. 1994

The Bill will reduce accountability by stripping due process rights away from even non-management employees, including every VA whistleblower and nearly 115,000 veterans in the VA workforce. [more] 7-30-2015

The Koch Brothers are About to Destroy Veterans' Health Care and No One Knows About It

The war on workers' rights has shifted to a new and unlikely battleground this week: the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. And for the more than 350,000 employees and the veterans they serve, the stakes could not be higher. [more] 7-28-2015

AFGE Receives Bipartisan Support for Depot/Arsenal Workers

Despite dozens of competing priorities, 26 elected officials signed a letter supporting civilian workers at depots and arsenals after just one day. [more] 7-24-2015

AFGE Successfully Recruiting New Units Across America

AFGE has been actively growing memberships both through existing units and new units since the launch of 'Big Enough to Win.' [more] 7-24-2015

AFGE Is Finally Certified to Represent Police Officers at Raven Rock Mountain Complex

Employees at the Pentagon's Raven Rock Mountain Complex are finally seeing justice after a four year battle. [more] 7-24-2015

Senate Bill Renews Ban on A-76 Privatization Studies

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the 2016 Financial Services appropriations bill with a provision renewing a government-wide ban on the A-76 outsourcing process. [more] 7-24-2015

AFGE Condemns Plea Bargain for BOP Officer’s Killer

The family of Jose Rivera are still seeking justice for the murder of their son. This week, it became even less likely they would ever get it. [more] 7-24-2015

1.3% Pay Raise for Feds in 2016?

On Wednesday the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a 2016 Financial Services Appropriations bill without blocking a 1.3% pay raise for federal employees. [more] 7-24-2015

House Set to Vote Next Week to Allow VA Managers to Fire Anyone, Anytime

Lawmakers move legislation that would allow managers to fire VA employees, a third of who are veterans, without any chance for appeal. [more] 7-24-2015

Senate Committee Passes Bill to Provide 10-Year Credit Monitoring for Data Breach Victims

A Senate Committee adopted measures that would enhance protections for federal employees and job applicants whose data was compromised during the OPM data breach. [more] 7-24-2015

Defend Your Rights Now!

In days the House will vote on a bill that will eradicate due process rights for VA employees. [more] 7-24-2015

Check Out Your Member Benefits

Are you getting the most out of your membership? Check out these exclusive AFGE member benefits. [more] 7-22-2015

AFGE Mourns the Murder of Four Marines, Navy Sailor in Chattanooga

In response to the murder of five servicemen in Chattanooga, TN, AFGE issued the following statement. [more] 7-20-2015

AFGE Renews Call for Sentencing Reform Following Historic Obama Prison Visit

AFGE’s Council of Prison Locals has been working for years to reform harsh sentencing laws like mandatory minimums and curb the resulting rampant overcrowding of prisons, which strains budgets and endangers both officers and inmates. On July 16, the union gained a powerful ally. [more] 7-17-2015

AFGE Welcomes 35 Ft. Lee Employees to the Union Family

AFGE has just won a union election for Registered Nurses at Ft. Lee, Virginia. The unit comprises about 35 Army civilian nurses, who will be represented by Local 1178 led by President Willie Slater. [more] 7-16-2015

AFGE Volunteers at Food Pantry Bring Smiles to Hundreds of Families

No one in America should go to bed hungry. AFGE volunteers were able to help 164 families, or 653 people, to put food on their tables. [more] 7-16-2015

AFGE Condemns House Panel’s Decision to Allow VA to Fire Employees at Will

The House Veterans Affairs Committee has only one job: make sure our country’s veterans are taken care of. But on July 15 it did the opposite. [more] 7-16-2015

Double Standard in How OPM Treats Data Breach Victims

The Office of Personnel Management has set up a double standard for those whose personal data was stolen from OPM’s computer systems. [more] 7-16-2015

AFGE, TSA to Start New Contract Negotiations

AFGE members at TSA have stood together to ensure the safety of their TSA colleagues while delivering upon the mission to protect the flying public. Now it’s time to review the current contract and make it even better for TSOs. [more] 7-16-2015

566 VA Employees Added to AFGE Bargaining Unit

Thanks to AFGE’s excellent legal representation, the Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to place hundreds of VA Central Office (VACO) employees into the AFGE bargaining unit! [more] 7-16-2015

AFGE Joins Moral Monday Rally for Voting Rights in North Carolina

AFGE activists from the national office and Local 1738 participated in a Moral Monday march in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to protest the state’s anti-democracy voting law. [more] 7-16-2015

The Right Fix for Lasting, Comprehensive Accountability at the VA

A bill by Rep. Mark Takano takes meaningful steps to address accountability without trampling on workplace rights. [more] 7-14-2015

Report: Koch-Funded “Concerned Veterans for America” Wants to Dismantle VA, Cut Veterans Benefits

A Koch Brothers-funded front group called the Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) has been making waves on Capitol Hill lately, promoting a long list of anti-VA, anti-worker proposals that would break this sacred promise and leave veterans out to dry. [more] 7-10-2015

Archuleta Resignation Does Not Resolve OPM’s Cybersecurity Woes

Read AFGE's statement in response to OPM Director Katherine Archuleta’s resignation over the OPM data breach. [more] 7-10-2015

OPM Confirms 21.5 Million More Feds Had Data Stolen, Including Finger Prints

Read AFGE's statement on the confrimed report that up to 25 million people's data had been compromised. [more] 7-10-2015

AFGE Supports for Bill that provides Lifetime Credit Monitoring for Data Breach Victims

AFGE fully supports Senate legislation introduced Thursday that would provide individuals affected by the recent cyberattacks on Office of Personnel Management data systems with free lifetime credit monitoring. [more] 7-10-2015

These Federal Employees Will Receive $39.9 Million, Thanks to AFGE

Checks are being mailed out to 4,400 State Department employees who won a $39.9 million settlement over an overtime grievance filed by AFGE Local 1534. [more] 7-10-2015

Army Plans to Kill 57,000 Jobs in Two Years

The government is supposed to help create jobs and thriving communities, but what the Army is planning to do is the exact opposite. [more] 7-10-2015

AFGE Local Pushes for Pay Raise for Technicians across the Country

Thanks to AFGE Local 3354, many GS Program Technicians (PTs) employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will soon eligible to apply for a Key Program Technician position within the Agency affording them upgrade potential from a GS-7 to GS-8. The upcoming Key PT advertisements for GS technicians partly stemmed from meetings between the local and USDA leaders in Washington, D.C. last year. [more] 7-10-2015

Bill to Restore Employment Fairness to 10,000 Temp Workers

The House this week passed an AFGE-backed bill that would make it easier for temporary seasonal workers at land management agencies to transition to permanent jobs under merit promotions. [more] 7-10-2015

NLRB to Rule on USPS/Staple Deal

The NLRB will rule whether the USPS contract with the office supply chain Staples violates the APWU collective bargaining agreement. [more] 7-10-2015

AFGE Responds to Finding that Additional 21.5 Million People Affected by OPM Breach

The union renewed calls for lifetime credit monitoring and unlimited fraud protection for all employees. [more] 7-10-2015

AFGE Calls on OPM to Stop Keeping Employees in the Dark in Full-Page Politico Ad

AFGE's full-page ad in Politico calls on Office of Personnel Management to be more forthcoming about scope of data breach and ensure affected employees are protected. [more] 7-9-2015

Lawmakers send letter demanding that Social Security reveal plans for Field Offices

A group of 66 bipartisan lawmakers have demanded the Social Security Administration reveals its plan for field offices. [more] 7-7-2015

AFGE Urges Administration to Adopt New Overtime Rule for Feds

The Obama administration is issuing new regulations that will provide overtime pay to workers who have been forced to work overtime but have not been paid for it. The new rule would restore fairness for nearly 5 million workers as soon as 2016. [more] 7-2-2015

AFGE expresses outrage at church burnings

AFGE condemns cowardly acts of terrorism on predominately black churches across the south. [more] 7-2-2015

New Issue: The Government Standard

In the July / August edition of The Government Standard you'll meet an AFGE member, read about AFGE's all-time membership high, learn more about the triumph around locality pay, and see how AFGE is becoming Big Enough to Win. [more] 7-2-2015

AFGE Seeks Financial Compensation for Feds in Class Action Lawsuit against OPM

The union is seeking both monetary damages for every employee whose personal data has been stolen and injunction relief – steps that we want OPM to take such as sharing details on what it knows about the breach, instituting a multi-layer authentication process, encrypting Social Security numbers and implementing an internal authentication system. [more] 7-2-2015

AFGE Wins Pension Protections for Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters

AFGE is declaring victory after President Obama signed into law legislation that eliminates a financial penalty facing retired federal law enforcement officers. [more] 7-2-2015

AFGE Launches Justice for Jose Campaign

Joseph Cabrera Sablan was already serving a life sentence when he killed Correctional Officer Jose Rivera at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater, Calif., seven years ago this month. [more] 7-2-2015

AFGE Membership Hits Record High - Again!

AFGE closed the month of June with the highest membership record of 296,199 members, closing in on our immediate goal of 300,000! The union welcomed 1,717 more members into the AFGE family last month. [more] 7-2-2015

Feds Who Are Veterans to Enjoy Full VA Benefits Following Supreme Court's Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

Federal employees who are veterans will now receive full veteran benefits as the Department of Veterans Affairs is extending all VA benefits to same-sex veterans following the Supreme Court’s decision last week which affirmed that all Americans have the right to marry the person they love, regardless of their sexual orientation or where they live. [more] 7-2-2015

AFGE Local President Donates Kidney to Coworker's Spouse

AFGE Local 2028 President Kathi Dahl had been working as a registered nurse at the VA hospital in Pittsburgh for more than 20 years when she heard that her coworker’s husband needed a kidney transplant. [more] 7-2-2015

Buying a Ticket for a Broadway Show? Ask If It's Equity

The next time you purchase a ticket for a Broadway musical, make sure it’s the cast of Equity actors. [more] 7-2-2015

AFGE Launches Justice for Jose Campaign

Jose Rivera, a 22-year-old Navy Veteran who became a correctional officer was murdered 7 years ago. His family has yet to find justice. [more] 6-30-2015

AFGE Files Class Action Lawsuit against OPM over Data Breach

AFGE has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that OPM failed to heed warnings or obey security policies, leading to one of the largest data breaches in U.S. history. [more] 6-30-2015

Help AFGE Hold OPM Accountable for the Data Breach. Tell Us about Your Experience:

It’s been three weeks since the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) publicly announced a massive data breach of personnel data systems affecting millions of current and former federal employees. [more] 6-26-2015

What Is OPM Doing and Planning to Do to Beef up Cybersecurity?

OPM this week released a report detailing what has been done and what it plans to do to upgrade its IT systems and prevent future cyberattacks. The agency is also calling on Congress to provide additional resources to modernize its IT systems. [more] 6-26-2015

It’s Official: LEOs, Firefighters Won’t Have to Pay Penalty for Early TSP Withdrawal

Thanks to years of hard work by AFGE activists, the Senate and the House this week passed a bill that would eliminate a 10% early withdrawal penalty for federal law enforcement officers when they retire after age 50. T [more] 6-26-2015

House Panel Approves Bill Allowing VA to Fire Employees at Will

The House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on Thursday approved with a minor revision a bill that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire all employees, including non-management, at will. [more] 6-26-2015

AFGE Op-ed Defends Due Process for Federal Workers

Check out AFGE’s new op-ed in the Hill discussing the importance of due process in the federal government. [more] 6-26-2015

AFGE Local 1020 Cements Victory over Outsourcing at VA Cemetery in Indiana

Because of AFGE Local 1020’s relentless fight, the Department of Veterans Affairs Marion National Cemetery in Indiana decided not to contract out some cemetery work for good. [more] 6-26-2015

AFGE Local 2058 Stops National Park Service from Spying on Employees

The National Park Service (NPS) in Philadelphia wanted to use security cameras to monitor employees and conduct performance evaluations. But AFGE Local 2058 said “Not so fast,” and the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) sided with the union. [more] 6-26-2015

AFGE Council 120 Discusses Workplace Issues with Coast Guard Commandant

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft met with the Executive Board of AFGE council 120 and the management representatives from the CG/AFGE National Labor Management Forum on June 15 at Coast Guard Headquarters. [more] 6-26-2015

Did you miss the Capital Pride Parade?

You’re in luck. AFGE participated in the Pride Parade in the nation’s capital for the first time and we got some great footage from the parade that took place on Saturday, June 13. Watch our newly released video inside. [more] 6-26-2015

AFGE Welcomes New TSA Administrator

The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger as the new administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). [more] 6-26-2015

Senate Passes Fast Track Bill

Sixty senators – the bare minimum needed – voted to give the administration authority to negotiate the horrendous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement with 11 other nations without congressional amendments. [more] 6-26-2015

Pride: Meet Tamara Lusardi

A transgender employee recounts her fight against workplace discrimination. [more] 6-24-2015

Defending Due Process

In an OpEd in The Hill, AFGE presents the reasons for due process in the federal workforce. [more] 6-23-2015

A Bright Future for LGBT and Labor Rights

For Matthew Bessell, advocating for the human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has been a decades long labor of love. [more] 6-22-2015

Pride: Meet Travis Riggs

Travis talks about his history as a LGBT activist, HIV and AIDS activist - now Labor Activist. [more] 6-22-2015

Pride: Meet Virginia Hemingway

Virginia Hemingway is a loving partner, mother, and fierce LGBTQ advocate serving as the Executive Vice President of AFGE Local 2433. [more] 6-22-2015

Pride: Meet Valorie Reilly

Valorie Reilly reflects on her time in the labor movement and what it means to have pride at AFGE. [more] 6-22-2015

Pride: Meet Jennifer Cari-Green

AFGE member Jennifer Cari-Green breaks down why it's important to be an ally and how labor can create a safe workplace for the LGBT community. [more] 6-22-2015

AFGE: Feds Should Be Able to Use Work Hours to Deal with Stolen Data

Federal employees should be able to use their work hours to deal with the impact of the data breach that has compromised their personal information, AFGE said in a letter to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta this week. [more] 6-19-2015

Senate Rejects 1% Pay Cut for Federal Employees

The Senate this week voted down a proposal by Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana to cut federal employees’ pay by 1% in 2016 and 2017 and use the savings to pay for additional brigades the Army doesn’t want. [more] 6-19-2015

AFGE Activists Stop Commissary Privatization in Its Tracks

Thanks to the outstanding work of AFGE activists across the country, the Senate on Wednesday voted in favor of an AFGE-backed measure blocking privatization of the commissaries. [more] 6-19-2015

AFGE Leaders Express Profound Grief, Condolences for Everyone Affected by Church Shooting

AFGE leaders expressed their profound grief for the victims of this week’s deadly shooting at an historic black church in downtown Charleston, S.C. [more] 6-19-2015

House Passes Fast Track Bill

The House on Thursday passed a fast track bill that would give the administration authority to negotiate the horrendous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement with 11 other nations without congressional amendments. [more] 6-19-2015

Walmart Is Hiding $76 Billion in Tax Havens

Besides costing U.S. taxpayers $6.2 billion a year in public assistance for its poverty-wage workers, Walmart is depleting the country’s revenue by hiding $76 billion in tax havens around the world. [more] 6-19-2015

Meet the 2015 Union Plus Scholarship Winners!

Of the more than 5,000 applications for the Union Plus Scholarship received from union members, their spouses and their dependent children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands representing 36 unions, five are from AFGE! [more] 6-19-2015

Labor Secures Huge Win for Workers on Trade Deal

Thanks to pressure from the labor movement, hundreds of House lawmakers last Friday blocked a job-killing international trade agreement package from moving forward. [more] 6-16-2015

AFGE: Hackers May Have Personnel Data for Every Federal Employee

Since discovering the data breach that affects millions of current and former federal employees in April, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has so far refused to share with AFGE detailed information about the breach, citing the ongoing criminal investigation. [more] 6-12-2015

These 7 Measures in Defense Bill Will Impact Hundreds of Thousands of Employees

If you are a veteran, military member, military spouse, or Defense or Veterans Affairs employee, you need to pay attention to the Senate 2016 Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 1735) and amendments to the measure. [more] 6-12-2015

AFGE Mourns Loss of Local 1945 Member Killed in Afghanistan

AFGE is saddened to report that we lost our long-time member and dedicated Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) employee Krissie Davis on Monday when she was killed in an indirect fire attack while working on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. [more] 6-12-2015

AFGE Wins Union Election to Represent Coast Guard Employees in California

AFGE this week won a union election to represent wage grade and professional employees at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Coast Guard command at Terminal Island (San Pedro), California. The employees voted 10-2 to be represented by AFGE. [more] 6-12-2015

AFGE Weighs in on Bills Affecting Hundreds of Thousands of VA Employees

AFGE General Counsel David Borer last week testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on three pending bills that would affect VA employees represented by AFGE. [more] 6-12-2015

Wondering If Your Member of Congress Is Plotting to Take Away Your Job?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell, but this group makes it easier to at least identify those who are publicly and aggressively trying to sabotage you. [more] 6-12-2015

80 AFGE Activists to Participate in 40th Annual Capital Pride Parade in Washington D.C.

AFGE is proud to be a Rainbow Sponsor of the 40th Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital this weekend! [more] 6-12-2015

Beyond Celebration: Recognizing LGBT Rights in the Workplace

After joining the federal workforce in 1986 to use her talents at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Carolyn Federoff became involved in her local AFGE union. [more] 6-12-2015

AFGE EPA Council Responds to Report on Management Challenges

A recent independent assessment of management challenges facing the Environmental Protection Agency highlights several issues that are especially important to the AFGE Council 238, which represents about 8,500 EPA employees. [more] 6-12-2015

D.C. Millennial Week Is Here!

Washington, D.C. is celebrating its youth culture with exciting events throughout the week starting this Saturday, June 13. [more] 6-12-2015

Beyond Celebration: Recognizing LGBT Rights in the Workplace

An AFGE member fondly remembers the work of her mentor who fought for the inclusion of LGBT workplace rights in the contract that would be ratified in 1990. [more] 6-9-2015

It’s Time for a $15 Federal Minimum Wage

Some wage-grade workers, like commissary employees, are facing pay cuts.Some wage-grade workers, like commissary employees, are facing pay cuts. Kevin L. Robinson/Defense Commissary Agency. [more] 6-5-2015

Building Solidarity with Pride

AFGE is proud to be a Rainbow Sponsor of the 40th Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital. [more] 6-5-2015

AFGE Secures Locality Pay Increase for 102K Feds in 78 Counties

About 102,000 federal employees in 78 counties throughout the U.S. are slated to receive a locality pay raise in January. Two weeks ago, AFGE secured a locality pay increase for federal employees in 13 new cities. We’re happy to report that nine counties have been added to the 13 new locality areas and 69 counties have been added to old locality areas. [more] 6-5-2015

AFGE Demands Accountability Following Cyberattack Targeting 4 Million Employees, Retirees

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) informed AFGE Thursday evening that the personal information of all 2.1 million current federal employees and an additional 2 million federal retirees and former federal employees may have been compromised during a Chinese cyberattack. [more] 6-5-2015

AFGE Won Huge Victory for LEOs, Firefighters on TSP Early Withdrawal Bill

AFGE law enforcement members have fought for this for the past several years, and today we're happy to report that the Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would eliminate a 10% early withdrawal penalty for federal law enforcement officers when they retire after age 50. [more] 6-5-2015

We Did It Again! AFGE Reached New Membership Record

AFGE membership at the end of May reached an all-time high of 294,482 members, an increase of 1,816 members! [more] 6-5-2015

15 Reasons Why Federal Employees Need to Earn a $15/Hour Living Wage

SeaTac, Seattle, San Francisco, and most recently Los Angeles have adopted a $15 an hour minimum wage. As the Fight for $15 campaign is catching on, few people know that tens of thousands of federal employees make less than $15 an hour. [more] 6-5-2015

Activists Storm U.S. Trade Building Demanding Full Disclosure of Secret Trade Deal

Undeterred by a June shower, labor activists from across the country on Tuesday gathered at the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. before marching to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), demanding to see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a secret trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries. [more] 6-5-2015

Activist of the Week: Meet the AFGE Activist Who Helped His Local Win 8 Awards

Francis Nichols III is the life of the party. It’s impossible not to notice him. He is a federal pretrial services officer at the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia and a member of AFGE Local 1456. [more] 6-5-2015

AFGE Urges Senators Not to Privatize Commissaries

As the House is debating the 2016 Defense Authorization bill, AFGE is urging senators to support a measure that would strike a provision that would privatize commissaries and cut a crucial earned benefit that has helped military families make ends meet. [more] 6-5-2015

Is Your Agency Contracting Out Inherently Governmental Jobs or Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Bad contracts?

AFGE has updated a new guide to help you spot those problem contracts and more. [more] 6-5-2015

New Guidance on LGBT Released

The Office of Personnel Management, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Special Counsel, and the Merit Systems Protection Board have just put out new guidance for agencies and federal employees in the LGBT community. [more] 6-5-2015

AFGE’s Statement on DHS Airport Covert Test

AFGE has issued a statement regarding news reports on the results of a covert test by DHS investigators. [more] 6-5-2015

AFGE Responds to OPM Security Breach

AFGE demands accountability following cyberattack targeting 4 million employees, retirees [more] 6-4-2015

Congress Is Threatening Your Union Rights. Tell Them To Cut It Out.

We need you to call your members of Congress RIGHT NOW at (202) 224-3121 and tell them: vote NO to any amendment that threatens official time on the Transportation HUD Appropriations Bill. [more] 6-3-2015

Activists Storm U.S. Trade Building Demanding Full Disclosure of Secret Trade Deal

Undeterred by a June shower, labor activists from across the country on Tuesday gathered at the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C. before marching to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), demanding to see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a secret trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries. [more] 6-3-2015

We Did It Again! AFGE Reached Highest Membership on Record!

AFGE membership at the end of May reached an all-time high of 294,482 active members, topping last month's record membership by 1,816 new members! [more] 6-2-2015

Got Questions about the New Locality Pay in 13 Cities? Check out AFGE's FAQs.

AFGE has recently secured a locality pay increase for federal employees in 13 cities. During a meeting with Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Beth Cobert last week, we received assurances that the new pay localities will be established in 13 cities in January. [more] 5-29-2015

More Cuts to DoD Civilian Workforce Likely If This Measure Survives the Senate

The Senate Armed Services Committee this week voted to keep in place a cut in funding to the Department of Defense Headquarters. [more] 5-29-2015

Commissaries Facing New Threat: Privatization

In the latest threat against military grocery stores that have long helped military personnel and their families make ends meet, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to cut this major source of financial relief and hand over the commissaries to for-profit businesses. [more] 5-29-2015

Veterans, AFGE VA Local in Wisconsin Unite against Koch-backed VA Privatization

Working with AFGE Local 1732 in Madison, Wisconsin, the South Central Federation of Labor, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, and the AFT-Wisconsin chapter have each passed a resolution against congressional efforts to privatize the Veterans Affairs health care system. [more] 5-29-2015

AFGE Supports High Standards for All Contractors, Not Subjective Special Hiring Preferences

There has been a proposal floating around urging congressional office buildings and federal agencies to give special hiring preferences to federal contractors who promise to take the high road – providing a living wage, fair healthcare and benefits. [more] 5-29-2015

All Whistleblowers Need Equal Protections

AFGE urges Congress to address gaps in federal whistleblower laws that have failed to protect some VA whistleblowers, including those who were new hires or working under a different set of personnel rules for health care employees. [more] 5-29-2015

Retired Army Colonel Gives a Shout out to Frontline Workers at Pittsburgh VA

Somebody noticed what we at AFGE noticed. There are serious problems at the senior levels at the Pittsburgh VA hospital, but frontline workers come to work every day with the goal of providing the best service to our veterans. Retired Army Col. [more] 5-29-2015

The Reason Politicians Support Trans-Pacific Partnership

The rich are influential and vocal, and most of them benefit from free trade. So politicians are kowtowing to them even though free trade deals like NAFTA have killed one million jobs and substantially increased the income gap between the rich and everyone else. [more] 5-29-2015

Arbitrator Tells BOP It’s Not OK to Discipline Someone Years after the Fact

Thanks to AFGE’s outstanding representation, an arbitrator recently overturned a suspension of a correctional officer from Federal Correctional Institution Tallahassee, Florida. [more] 5-29-2015

AFGE Secures Locality Pay Increase for 13 New Cities

Thousands of federal employees in 13 metropolitan areas should begin to receive salaries based on labor market conditions in their own cities starting January. [more] 5-22-2015

AFGE Told Lawmakers Point Blank that Pay and Retirement Cuts Need to End

What should a 21st century civil service look like? Not what’s happening to the federal workforce right now: pay cuts, furloughs, shutdowns, testified AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. before a Senate subcommittee on regulatory affairs and federal management on 21st Century Ideas for the 20th Century Federal Civil Service. [more] 5-22-2015

FPS Local Becomes AFGE’s 1st Big Enough to Win Local

We are so excited to report that Local 918’s executive board voted May 12 to adopt a resolution to become a Big Enough to Win local! [more] 5-22-2015

AFGE Leads the Fight for $15 in Federal Government

The fight for $15 is raging on around the country, and AFGE is taking the issue to the federal government. The union is urging the federal government to lead by example by raising the minimum wage for tens of thousands of federal and D.C. government employees. [more] 5-22-2015

This Bill Would Lower Your Prescription Drugs Costs

AFGE strongly supports legislation introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts that would increase federal oversight of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and ensure enrollees don’t pay more than the average wholesale cost for prescription drugs. [more] 5-22-2015

Lawmakers on Workforce Protections Committee Argue against Protecting Workforce

Several lawmakers led by Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, were arguing for reduced benefits for federal employees injured on the job. [more] 5-22-2015

AFGE – 1, Grain Industry – 0

The Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday approved by voice vote a measure to reauthorize the U.S. Grain Standards Act, rejecting the grain industry’s attempt to take over control of the United States’ grain inspection [more] 5-22-2015

May is Asian American Heritage Month

This month is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. AFGE joins the AFL-CIO in honoring past and present Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) activists and organizers. [more] 5-22-2015

Singing Labor's Song - Music & the Labor Movement

A brief history of the labor movement and the music that told its story. [more] 5-20-2015

“Free-Trade” is Never Free

Labor History Month provides an opportunity to look at past struggles and remember the workers who gave their lives to create a more-perfect present. From strikes, to sit-ins and marches, the labor movement has overcome incredible odds to help working people. [more] 5-15-2015

They Cited This AFGE Letter on the House Floor before Passing Law Enforcement Retirement Bill

The House this week passed an AFGE-backed bill that would allow federal law enforcement officers to access their retirement investments without incurring a penalty. A letter AFGE sent to members of Congress was cited during debate before the bill, H.R. 2146, was approved 407-5. [more] 5-15-2015

AFGE Keeps Memory of Our Fallen Heroes Alive

This week is National Police Week, an annual event that brings together families of the fallen law enforcement officers around the country to Washington, D.C. [more] 5-15-2015

AFGE Celebrates Jewish Heritage Month

May is Jewish-American Heritage Month. On Wednesday AFGE took this opportunity to celebrate with an educational program that included a short talk by Rabbi Daniel Zemel of Temple Micah in Washington, D.C., Jewish food, and a video featuring the prominent role of Jewish Americans in the Civil Rights movement. [more] 5-15-2015

AFGE Reminds Congress Defense Civilian Workforce Is Cheapest

AFGE sent a letter to members of Congress in both the House and the Senate, reiterating the fact that the Department of Defense civilian workforce is the cheapest among the department’s three workforces – military, contractors, and DoD civilians. [more] 5-15-2015

AFGE Voices Concerns to VA Bill Targeting Low Wage Schedulers' Bonuses

AFGE raised serious concerns over a bill that would require employees of all levels who received bonuses in 2011 through 2014 to repay the awards if the employees “contributed to the purposeful omission of the name of one or more veterans waiting for health care from an electronic wait list for a medical facility.” [more] 5-15-2015

DeCA Local Reaches out to California Lawmaker

AFGE Local 63 in California recently met with Daniel Hazard, field director for Rep. Susan Davis, to discuss pressing issues that hurt Defense Commissary Agency employees and military families [more] 5-15-2015

Senate Votes to Open Debate on Fast Track

The Senate on Thursday voted to begin debate on a Trade Promotion Authority, which would allow the White House to fast track trade deals. The vote came two days after the Senate voted down the same motion. [more] 5-15-2015

AFGE Calls for Investing in Railway Safety

AFGE remembers the Amtrak crash victims and echoes Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, President Ed Wytkind's call for investing in railway safety. [more] 5-15-2015

AFGE Midwest Regional Training Open for Registration

Join leaders and union activists from District 6, 7, 8, and 9 for the AFGE Midwest Regional Training at the Hilton Chicago on June 29-July 3. [more] 5-15-2015

The May/June edition of the Government Standard has arrived!

Inside this special Action Edition you’ll find what you can do to stop the brutal 12% federal pay cut, what AFGE is doing to stop the reckless Trans Pacific Partnership in its tracks, and other actions you can take TODAY to make our union Big Enough to Win. [more] 5-13-2015

Keeping America Safe

Federal law enforcement officers across many agencies work to protect people, often at the expense of their own safety. [more] 5-12-2015

The Truth about ‘Free-Trade’

In honor of Labor History Month, we look back at what poor trade policies have done to workers and how history is about to repeat itself with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. [more] 5-12-2015

TSA: Stronger Union, Safer Skies

AFGE has produced a new video to highlight what all TSA employees can do to create a safer work environment. [more] 5-11-2015

House-Senate Budget Negotiators Discussed Your Pay Cut. This Is What They Came Up with

The House and Senate Budget Committees completed their conference of the FY 2016 non-binding budget blueprint at the end of April. Although the language is somewhat vague, the conference report appears to assume the following about federal employees. [more] 5-8-2015

Agencies Told to Cut Their Budgets by 5% in 2017

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) told agencies to plan on cutting their budgets by 5% in 2017. [more] 5-8-2015

Bill Introduced to Give VA Clinicians Bargaining Rights

AFGE and its National Veterans Affairs Council applauded the leadership of Rep. Mark Takano of California for his introduction of the VA Employee Fairness Act, legislation that would restore equal bargaining rights to VA health care professionals. [more] 5-8-2015

VA Cemetery Caught Red-Handed in Illegal Outsourcing Scandal

The Department of Veterans Affairs Marion National Cemetery in Indiana was hoping to quietly contract out some cemetery work traditionally done by VA employees. But thanks to AFGE Local 1020, that didn’t happen. [more] 5-8-2015

AFGE Continues to Fight Back against Grain Industry’s Attempt to Privatize Grain Inspection

Thanks to AFGE’s efforts, leading lawmakers both in the House and the Senate share the union’s concerns and reject the grain industry’s attempt to privatize grain inspection. [more] 5-8-2015

What Do You Do to Celebrate Mom’s Day?

Her day is May 10. May we suggest making it a union-made Mother’s Day? Check out a list of workers-friendly chocolate, beauty products, and flowers. [more] 5-8-2015

Who Else Wants 100 Million More People to Vote?

Voting is the most fundamental right in a democracy. But recently, politicians have found ways to make it harder for people to vote. Voter ID laws as well as ending same-day registration and early voting are some of the most popular ways to deter voters and keep them home. [more] 5-8-2015

Your Story, Your Union: AFGE’s 2015 Communications Contest:

Don’t miss your chance to enter the 2015 Communications Contest. The entry deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 20, 2015. [more] 5-8-2015

Looking Back, Forging Ahead

During Labor History Month, AFGE examines our personal history and finds parallels between the past and present. [more] 5-8-2015

United Through Service, AFGE Honors the Commitment of Government Nurses

The American Federation of Government Employees joins with millions across the country to celebrate the service, passion and expertise of nurses. [more] 5-6-2015

Size Matters, Legislatively Speaking

Thanks to your hard work last month, AFGE welcomed 1,946 new members and reached our highest-ever membership level at 292,666 members! But it’s not just our size the matters – it’s how we use it. [more] 5-5-2015

9 Ways This House Panel’s Decision on Pentagon Funding Will Affect You

It took the House Armed Services Committee all day and all night on Wednesday to go over nearly 300 proposals in its 2016 Defense Authorization bill, but they finally approved it at around 4:30 a.m. [more] 5-1-2015

South Dakota Senator Pushes for Mass Outsourcing of Federal Jobs

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee this week introduced a bill (The Freedom From Government Competition Act, S. 1116 and H.R. 2044) that would require the government to hand over control of its public functions to private businesses. [more] 5-1-2015

AFGE Doctor Appointed to Sit on Panel to Advise VA on Health Care for 9 Million Vets

AFGE’s very own Dr. James Martin has been appointed to a new 11-member Special Medical Advisory Group that will advise the Department of Veterans Affairs in providing health care for nine million veterans. [more] 5-1-2015

One Determined Activist, a Union Election Victory for AFGE

Sandra Caldwell had been subject to mistreatment from management. She was told to work through her lunch, was denied mandatory training, and was denied due process and workers’ rights. [more] 5-1-2015

SSA Ordered to Negotiate with AFGE over Space Heater Usage:

Thanks to the help and expertise of AFGE’s Field Services and Education Department (FSED), Social Security Administration (SSA) employees are no longer left in the cold, literally. [more] 5-1-2015

Washington Post Publishes AFGE’s Response to Anti-VA Op-ed

The Washington Post has published AFGE’s response on the dismantling of the VA column by Charles Lane. The following is AFGE’s letter-to-the editor. [more] 5-1-2015

AFGE NVP Augusta Thomas Awarded A. Philip Randolph Legacy Award

AFGE congratulates our very own National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices Augusta Thomas on receiving the A. Philip Randolph Legacy Award presented by the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Baltimore Chapter. [more] 5-1-2015

AFGE Celebrates Workers’ Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day falls on April 28, and AFGE salutes federal employees who put their lives on the line every single day and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. [more] 5-1-2015

ICE Agents in San Diego Call for Management Accountability

Dozens of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and employees in San Diego staged a protest this week to bring spotlight to management corruption and cover-ups. [more] 5-1-2015

DEFCON Orientation Video

We have just released a new orientation video for our DoD locals to use in their organizing efforts. Check it out here. [more] 4-28-2015

AFGE Holds Town Hall on Budget

On Tuesday night, AFGE National President J. David Cox, National Vice President Gerald D. Swanke and AFGE Legislative Director Beth Moten joined 18,000 AFGE members on a TeleTown Hall to discuss the 12 percent pay cut being imposed on government employees in the 2016 federal budget. [more] 4-30-2015

Budget Action Center

Visit the Budget Action Center to prevent the 12% pay cut! [more] 4-28-2015

Workers' Memorial Day

Take Action to Honor our Fallen Government Workers' on Workers Memorial Day [more] 4-28-2015

VA Whistleblowers At Risk

Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida, chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, on Thursday introduced a very bad bill. [more] 4-24-2015

AFGE Whistleblower Details Problems at VA Philadelphia Regional

VA benefits claims employees, including one from AFGE, took to Capitol Hill this week to detail how they are retaliated against and abused when blowing the whistle on mismanagement and wrongdoing against veterans. [more] 4-24-2015

Privatization of Grain Inspection Proves to Be a Complete Failure. Lawmakers Want to Do It Anyway

Years ago the George W. Bush administration pushed to outsource the mandatory inspection of grain exported from the U.S. They did a pilot project and found neither savings nor efficiencies in privatizing the function. [more] 4-24-2015

Bill Extends Law Enforcement Retirement Coverage to FPS Officers

An AFGE-backed bill was introduced this week to extend law enforcement retirement coverage to Federal Protective Service officers and make other improvements to the security at federal facilities. [more] 4-24-2015

Bill Introduced to Hire 500 FPS Officers, Strengthen Security at Federal Buildings

A separate bill by Rep. Carson, HR 1850, would make a number of other reforms to FPS to security at federal buildings, including: [more] 4-24-2015

Corporations Spend $2.6 Billion a Year Lobbying Congress

Corporations are asking what the country can do for them. They now spend $2.6 billion a year lobbying members of Congress to write and change laws and regulations to benefit their businesses and increase their profits. [more] 4-24-2015

TPP Is a Bad Deal for Workers – Including Government Employees

As the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees will soon vote to allow the administration to fast track a bad international trade deal being negotiated behind closed doors, AFGE activists on Monday joined hundreds of activists from other organizations to make it clear that we will not let this happen without a fight. [more] 4-24-2015

NST Hudson Delivers Opening Remarks at Inaugural Black Men & Boys Day on Capitol Hill Advocacy Training

AFGE National Secretary Treasurer Eugene Hudson Jr. on Wednesday spoke at the inaugural Black Men & Boys Day on Capitol Hill advocacy training aimed at encouraging black men and boys to engage in legislative advocacy on issues that impact their communities. [more] 4-24-2015

Do You Know Any Outstanding Local Women’s Coordinator or Fair Practices Coordinator?

During each of AFGE's National Conventions, the Women's and Fair Practices Departments seek to recognize those who have exceeded the expectation of their role as a local coordinator and are fully dedicated to our department's mission of advocating for and educating our members in the areas of civil, human, women's and workers' rights. [more] 4-24-2015

Stop The TPP

President Cox penned an op-ed recaling how bad trade policies destroyed his hometown of Kannapolis, NC. Read it below: [more] 4-24-2015

TPP Is a Bad Deal for Workers – Including Government Employees

As the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees are set to vote to allow the administration to fast track a bad international trade deal being negotiated behind closed doors, AFGE activists on Monday joined hundreds of activists from other organizations to make it clear that we will not let this happen without a fight. [more] 4-21-2015

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 $269 Billion 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

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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