AFGE members are getting ready to make their voices heard as the union kicked off our presidential endorsement process for the 2024 election.
AFGE will soon send out a survey to membership. As laid out in AFGE’s Presidential Endorsement Process, every AFGE member for which AFGE has a personal email address will be able to participate in this survey. In doing so, the results can best reflect the collective voice of the full AFGE family.
"Over the years, I have worked with a number of other unions on their endorsement processes, and I can say objectively that there is arguably no union that has a more democratic, member-driven process than what we have here at AFGE,” said AFGE Political Director Kevin Cooper. “The opportunity for every member to make their voice heard, for all candidates, is a really special thing. I am very proud of the process that our National Executive Council adopted on behalf of the members."
AFGE has developed a candidate questionnaire to be provided to all announced candidates, aside from the incumbent U.S. President at the time. Incumbent elected officials do not receive questionnaires because AFGE members can look at their record to tell if they stand with government workers or not.
As the NEC said in its adopted endorsement process plan, “the next President must join AFGE in its commitment to providing a fair and safe workplace and protecting the collective bargaining and representational rights of all bargaining unit employees.”
AFGE National President Everett Kelley held a townhall with AFGE members on May 11 to outline the endorsement process. This presidential election is extremely important, and we want all AFGE members to weigh in.
“We are staring down the grim reality of a possible government shutdown, numerous privatization attempts by greedy corporations, anti-worker efforts to cut our wages and pensions, and more,” said Kelley. “The only choice we have is to fight back as one, strong union.”
“We have stepped up our engagement in a significant way in recent years, and now it's time to act with a collective voice and decide how we want to leverage our political power in the months ahead,” he added.
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