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Union members hold silent protest in DC demanding answers about back pay 

Our members and allies sent a loud message by staying quiet. We held a large moment of silence inside the Hart Senate Office building. It lasted 35 minutes to mark the 35 days federal employees went without pay during this last partial government shutdown.  


House Democrats announced Wednesday that they would investigate reports of incomplete back pay to federal employees impacted by the 35-day partial government shutdown and problems related to a variety of deductions typically taken from employee paychecks. 


After years of union employees of the Transportation Security Administration working on representational issues in their free time and lacking access to independent bodies that resolve disputes, a new bill would provide them with the rights already afforded to the vast majority of the federal workforce. 


AFGE members stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, who went on strike Monday after 15 months of failed negotiations with Denver Public Schools. The strike ended early Thursday morning as teachers and the school district reached a tentative agreement. 


The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday to investigate growing problems in the military housing privatization program, which includes more than 200,000 homes managed by private contractors on military bases across the country.

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