October 21, 2021
AFGE thanks Vice President Harris, Secretary Marty Walsh and others on the Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment for their unwavering support of America's workers.
COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives and completely changed the way we work and communicate with each other. AFGE District 14, however, found a way to reach out to its members and stay connected.
The district held its first-ever virtual union fair on March 18 to maintain union visibility during the pandemic, using our newly minted NOW organizing techniques – to great success. The four locals that participated in the pilot welcomed more than 50 people to the virtual fair. Members and potential members joined a number of breakout rooms where union reps and AFGE staff showed them how they could be part of our movement for better pay, benefits, and respect on the job.
“In today’s environment, we have to reinvent the way that we conduct business,” said AFGE National Vice President for District 14 Ottis Johnson, Jr. “This program works because we have the strength of the entire federation behind us. We’re very happy about it. Already locals have requested to be a part of the next District 14 union fair.”
District 14’s virtual union fair was kicked off by AFGE National President Everett Kelley. Besides maintaining union visibility, the event allowed members and potential members to discuss issues important to them, pose questions to our in-house subject matter experts, and learn about several aspects of AFGE including our Y.O.U.N.G., Pride, Veterans Council, and PAC programs. Members were asked to bring a friend so they could learn more about our movement.
The union fair covers some important aspects of our union:
Locals that participated in the pilot virtual union fair were Local 1052 (Fort Belvoir), Local 1534 (Department of State/USAID), Local 1831 (National Gallery of Art), and Local 2798 (VA Medical Center)
A few tips on how to organize a virtual union fair from District 14 and NO Ann Levie
With a few months left before 2021 is over, we’re moving full-speed ahead to push for legislation that would improve lives for working families.
AFGE has been proactive in our efforts to protect our members from the pandemic since the very beginning.