Outpouring of Support for Government Workers During Public Service Recognition Week

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From members of Congress to fellow union members from other unions, government workers received an outpouring of support and appreciation during the Public Service Recognition Week that ran May 3-9.  

During a national crisis such as the one we’re currently facing, the work of government employees has never been more important. Government workers are putting their lives on the line serving and protecting the American people from the coronavirus pandemic. And the American people recognized their contribution.  

Here’s some public declarations of support and appreciation AFGE members received the past week on social media:  

Tweet from Actors' Equity

Tweet from Transportation Trades Department

Tweet from APALA

Tweet from Betty McCollum

Tweet from Department of Professional Employees

Tweet from Steny Hoyer



As the largest federal employee union in the country, AFGE is proud to represent our nation’s federal and D.C. government workforce. It’s hard to imagine the country without these brave, dedicated men and women who work hard, mostly behind the scenes, every single day to ensure our country’s safety and prosperity. Our members’ work saves lives, and we are here to make sure they have all the support and resources they need to do their jobs. Our members answered the call to serve, and we are proud to stand with them. For us, every week is Public Service Recognition Week.  

During this year’s Public Service Recognition Week, our union encouraged the American people to celebrate federal workers in their lives. We encouraged federal employees to share why they are proud to serve and why being an AFGE member is important to them.   

Every day of the week, AFGE had a different activity to celebrate public service: 

  • Monday: AFGE Member Telephone Town Hall. Special guests including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer, House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, and Rep. Betty McCollum joined us to discuss their efforts to support government workers. 
  • Tuesday: Congressional Action Day – AFGE members signed a petition calling for PPE to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. 
  • Wednesday: Moment of Silence – At 12 noon, the American public joined us in a moment of silence as we remembered fallen public servants. 
  • Thursday: Tweetstorm – AFGE members went on social media to share why they were proud to be an AFGE member. Fellow union members shared our tweets and graphics as a way to thank federal workers for the tremendous work they do.  
  • Friday: AFGE Pride Day – AFGE members took a selfie in AFGE blue and gold, then posted their pictures on social media with the #ProudToBeAFGE hashtag.  

Want to learn more about our work on behalf of federal and D.C. workers? Visit www.afge.org

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