AFGE was once again a proud sponsor in the 2018 Capital Pride Celebration in Washington D.C.
The Capital Pride Parade attracts over 150,000 spectators every year, many of which are AFGE members working in the D.C. and federal governments. We had AFGE staff, members and officers join us in the parade along with more than 170 contingents-floats, vehicles, and walkers.
As part of AFGE's sponsorship, we also had premier placement in this year's annual festival. Although the forecast was grim, AFGE showed up and showed out once again!
The 2018 theme, "Elements of Us", was fitting as we continue to respect what makes all of our members unique but also recognize our common cause and fights as workers in this country.
"Thus, collectively through Pride we are able to create a powerful foundation that will help us advance the cause of human dignity, equal rights, and a world free from discrimination and prejudice", says Capital Pride Alliance.”
AFGE has participated in the festival since 2015. We were the first union in the parade, and this year, we were the only union participating in the event. Federal employees expressed appreciation for AFGE’s presence at the festival as a show of support for people of all backgrounds.
Watch this year’s inspiring “Elements of Us” video here.
Thanks to the hard work of our union and members, the House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee voted to give federal employees a 3.1% pay raise next year, rejecting the proposal to freeze it.
On June 5, AFGE VA members across the country stood together and received tremendous support from veterans and allies. The 68 rallies and events held by AFGE and VA employees nationwide shows the strength and solidarity of we have.
Our union is looking into all possible remedies, including workers’ compensation, for current and former workers who have been exposed to 81 different hazardous substances including lead, cadmium, arsenic, asbestos, and other potentially cancer-causing chemicals at the Goodfellow Federal Center in St. Louis, Mo.