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:

Federal pay freeze? Not without a fight 

An op-ed by Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia: When President Donald Trump unilaterally canceled the pay raises for millions of federal employees, he not only declared war on America’s public servants, he also bet that their representatives in Congress won’t do a darn thing about it. I’m here to say: not without a fight. 

Congressional opposition to federal pay freeze mounts 

It's not a majority, but so far nearly 200 lawmakers pushed back against President Donald Trump's plan to freeze pay for civilian employees. 

New Senate bill promises to keep Sept. 11th security fee in airline security 

Air travelers have been paying an extra fee for increased airline security, but Congress has been using that money for something else. AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. talks to reporters about what’s wrong with that picture.

Southeast Asians’ Pay Gap and the Model Minority Myth 

The “model minority” myth creates the narrative that all Asian Americans are wealthy and successful, but the truth is that Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander women actually experience some of the widest pay gaps.  

The GOP tax cuts aren’t popular, so they want to do more of them 

The 2017 tax bill cut taxes for most Americans, including the middle class, but it heavily benefits the wealthy and corporations. It slashed the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, and its treatment of “pass-through” entities — companies organized as sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, or S corporations — will translate to an estimated $17 billion in tax savings for millionaires this year. American corporations are showering their shareholders with stock buybacks this year, thanks in part to their tax savings.

Recent AFGE News:

Closure of FLRA Dallas Office Leaves Fed Employee Rights in Jeopardy

September 17, 2018

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is a tiny agency tasked with resolving labor-management issues involving more than 2 million federal employees. These issues range from unfair labor practices (ULP) to arbitration appeals to union elections. Federal employee unions go to the FLRA to challenge agencies’ unfair practices or failures to follow their own policies, among other things. But office closures across the country are leaving workers without a place to turn.

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