The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union proudly representing 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. Workers in virtually all functions of government at every federal agency depend upon AFGE for legal representation, legislative advocacy, technical expertise and informational services.
313,000 dues-paying members*
700,000 federal and D.C. government employees*
987 Locals nationwide*
AFGE provides comprehensive services for members including legal, legislative, communications, technical, educational, political, and union-building assistance. Member benefits also offer thousands in potential savings.
AFGE represents government workers who are the vital threads of the fabric of American life. Government employees inspect the food we eat and the places we work, they protect citizens from the illicit flow of drugs, maintain the safety of our nation's borders, care for our nation's veterans, serve as a vital link to Social Security recipients, maintain the District of Columbia's infrastructure, keep the national defense systems prepared for any danger and much, much more.
Examples of workers we represent include food inspectors, nurses, correctional officers, lawyers, police officers, census workers, scientists, doctors, park rangers, border patrol agents, transportation security officers, mechanics, computer programmers, and more.
AFGE represents employees in nearly every federal department and agency, in addition to government employees in the District of Columbia. Our highest membership concentrations are in the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice.
AFGE believes that all unions should belong to the house of labor and has been nationally affiliated with the AFL-CIO since AFGE was founded in 1932. At AFGE's national convention in 1997, the delegates took the importance of affiliation one step further, voting for each of its Locals to affiliate with their AFL-CIO state federations. This makes AFGE one of the few nationally affiliated unions to have all its Locals affiliated at the state level.
AFGE is headquartered in Washington with 12 regional district offices directed by their own national vice presidents. The national vice presidents and three executive officers comprise AFGE’s policy-making body, called the National Executive Council. There are also dozens of agency-based councils and nearly 1,000 locals.