5 Stories that Matter

Categories: The Insider

Each week, AFGE browses the World Wide Web for stories that matter to AFGE members. Here are the five stories you shouldn’t miss this week:

Defense Bill Headed to Trump's Desk Restores Defense Long-Term Per Diem Rates 

The Senate on Wednesday sent to President Trump a Defense policy bill that would reverse 2014 regulations reducing per diem rates for Defense Department military and civilian employees on extended government travel.

Connolly-Sarbanes introduce Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act 

Reps. Gerry Connolly of Virginia and John Sarbanes of Maryland introduced a bill that would prohibit the kind of indiscriminate anti-telework policies the Trump Administration has announced for the Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Let’s honor public service 

By Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware writes about why public servants deserve our support and respect. 

Rubio’s New Parental Leave Plan Is Funded With Your Retirement Savings 

Critics say it’s a backdoor Social Security cut that would particularly disadvantage women and leave out most people who need paid leave. 

EPA chief Andrew Wheeler’s past lobbying ties attract scrutiny 

Since joining the EPA on April 20, Wheeler has met with multiple organizations and businesses that retained him in his capacity as a principal at Faegre Baker Daniels. The list includes biodiesel producer Darling Ingredients; agriculture giant Archer Daniels Midland and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, all of which ended their financial relationship with Wheeler’s firm before April 2016. 

Recent AFGE News:

Our Union Kicks off 41st Convention as Threats Mount

August 06, 2018

Our union has faced life-threatening challenges before, but these threats are different. We have politicians in the White House, the House, and the Senate who are hell bent on wiping us out. We have never had our union contracts unilaterally annulled, our union volunteers kicked out of offices, our work fighting injustice severely restricted or denied. That’s why this national convention is extremely important. The stakes have never been higher – and that's why our 41st Triennial National Convention is so important.

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Why Your Coworkers Need to Join Our Union Now

August 06, 2018

With all the new anti-federal employee laws, pending bills, and Executive Orders, you may feel federal employees are the sole target of politicians. In reality, these politicians have been coming after all working people for decades.

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