Julie Tippens Named AFGE’s First-ever Retiree Program Director

We are excited to welcome Julie Tippens as AFGE's first-ever Retiree Program Director. Julie comes to AFGE after serving for the last four years as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Grassroots at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, where she extended the reach of its grassroots network.   

Julie has worked in policy and organizing throughout her career. After graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, she worked at the state legislature for two House Majority Leaders and for the Senate Human Resources/Aging Committee. Congressman Ron Wyden of Oregon offered her a chance to move to Washington, becoming the first of four U.S. House members for whom Julie worked. She is also a Senior Fellow of the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership, and through her work, she has been a member of two labor unions.  

Julie is excited to be a part of AFGE and our movement that promotes public service, good government, safe workplaces, and strong workers’ voice. 

“I am honored to be selected as Retiree Program Director. We already have very involved retirees around the country who continue to help AFGE grow and flourish," she said. "I want to increase those numbers and our political and organizing strength through the continued involvement of people who have served this union and this country during their working lives and have so much yet to give.” 

Welcome to the AFGE family, Julie! 

Just in case you're wondering what AFGE’s Retiree Programis... 

The AFGE Retiree Program is designed for AFGE members who have retired or are retiring from government service but want to continue to get involved and make a difference. That means advocating for a productive, healthy, and secure retirement as well as good jobs, pay, and benefits. The program will also be fun, engaging, and have a social focus as well as a serious side where retirees can stay or become more involved in being advocates for good government. 

The desire to build a retiree program started with our Big Enough to Win campaign and was endorsed by the AFGE national convention last August where some seed money was provided. Julie will have the task of getting the program off the ground and will be looking for help and volunteers to build a fun and effective program.    

Here are some good reasons why you should engage: 

  • Have fun and stay connected with friends through social activities and volunteer opportunities 
  • Keep informed about issues affecting retired and active government employees  
  • Take action to protect retirement security, jobs, and government employee pay 
  • Save money on a host of benefits including dental discounts and annuities 
  • Share your skills with the next generation of union leaders and activists

Ready to sign up or need additional information? Click here

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