May 17, 2021
Legislation to address the pay disparity was introduced both in the House and Senate on May 11 by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) and Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.).
Our members came together at the union’s 41st National Convention to elect our top three national officers.
National President J. David Cox Sr. returns to office for another three-year term. Delegates from AFGE local unions also elected District 5 National Vice President Everett Kelley to the office of National Secretary-Treasurer, and Jeremy Lannan to the office of National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices – both for three-year terms as well.
Cox was first elected National President in 2012. Kelley has served as District 5 National Vice President before being elected National Secretary-Treasurer, while Lannan has been elected to national office for the first time.
"I’m honored to be chosen as our leader – and I’m excited for us to prevail,” said Cox. “I’m ready to put it all on the line and lead our members to victory in every fight and against every challenge. This is about being the biggest, strongest, most organized, and engaged union there is, and I’m not going to stop until we reach that goal. We see the fight ahead. We will take those challenges head on, and as one union we will prevail!”
Cox defeated challenger Eugene Hudson Jr. to win the top office.
In the race for National Secretary-Treasurer, the first round of voting triggered a run-off.
Kelley led the first round, followed by former National Secretary-Treasurer Jim Davis, AFGE Council 220 President Dana Duggins, Alex Bastani and Grant A. Harris Sr.
In the run-off between Kelley and Davis, Kelley won, topping Davis and winning the election for a three-year term.
Jeremy Lannan was elected as National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices. Augusta Y. Thomas, who served as National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices from 2009-2018, came in second, followed by Terrence J. Johns and Eleanor Lauderdale.
More than 1,560 delegates from 533 locals attended the convention, which concluded Aug. 17.
Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) don’t have the same workplace rights and protections as other federal employees.
AFGE identifies DoD’s overreliance on term and temporary employees to perform jobs instead of investing in a stable cadre of career employees