More and More Federal Employees Are Joining AFGE

Categories: The Insider, Organizing

It’s tough being a public servant these days. With the constant threat of a government shutdown, cuts to pay and retirement, attacks on their voice at work and the work they do, federal employees feel they’re not getting the support they need to do their jobs improving the lives of fellow Americans. 

For many of them, the only place they can go to for support is their union. That’s why more and more federal employees are joining AFGE. 

Two new groups of employees recently voted to join AFGE and be part of the growing labor movement that works to improve the lives of workers. 

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, a group of more than 1,500 employees at the Veterans Health Administration Member Services voted to be represented by AFGE. At the Department of Energy, more than 130 employees at the Golden Field Office in Colorado voted to join AFGE.  

“DOE headquarters has union representation that protects the rights of the headquarters personnel, said Energy Project Specialist Sharon Gill. “In Golden, we also need a union to protect us when dealing with management in the equality of work, fairness in performance evaluations and ratings, job security, job stability, fairness, and employee situations.”  

Our collective voice is growing so quickly, in fact, that at the end of May 2017, AFGE’s membership reached another all-time high of 313,064 dues-paying members. 

“Being a union member means looking out for everyone in the workplace, not just your own self-interests. It’s about lifting up those individuals whose voices are otherwise silenced,” Cox said. “It’s about joining together in solidarity to fight for better working conditions not just in your own workplace but in workplaces across the country and around the world.”  

Joining our movement 

AFGE is the largest and most influential federal and D.C. employees union in the United States. We are in the middle of every battle involving the well-being of federal and D.C. employees and their families. We hold management accountable, lobby for better pay and benefits, and defend your right to be heard in the workplace. AFGE is all about working together for the good of all. 

As an AFGE member, you are also entitled to many benefits, including discounts on travel, entertainment, and electronics. Browse our member benefits here.  

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