AFGE welcomed 4,436 new members to the AFGE family in August, representing the fifth consecutive month of growth.
Each month, our union has to add thousands of new members to offset drops due to retirement, people changing jobs or leaving the union. In August, our net gain was 655, the highest in five months.
All but three districts saw a net gain in membership with District 5 having the highest net increase of 191 members last month. With more than 50,000 dues-paying members, District 5 is the largest District at AFGE.
District 5 National Vice President David Mollett congratulates the locals and staff for the increases.
“Any increases in membership within District 5 are due to a concerted effort by the locals, national representatives, and national organizers working diligently to make it happen,” he said. “I congratulate these efforts.”
AFGE has been ramping up our organizing program, which was severely hampered during the previous administration due to anti-worker, anti-union policies and many employees choosing to retire or leave government service.
AFGE Membership and Organization Director Dave Cann said this growth is a real meaningful sort: some 4,500 federal employees standing up and demanding a voice.
“We are not just growing our membership, but growing our union, or power and our ability to command new rights at the bargaining table, pay raises and job security on the Hill, a demand for fair treatment for every single federal and D.C. government employee,” he said. “As A. Philip Randolph said, this growth tells a story, “Let the nation and the world know the meaning of our numbers.”