Union Rights Are Human Rights

Human rights and union rights go hand in hand. That’s why Human Rights Day, which falls on Dec. 10 every year, is so important to union members.

Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights promoting equality, justice, and human dignity for all.

AFGE has been front and center in every labor and civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights battle. We practice solidarity because that is the heart and soul of what it means to be a union. Our members are extremely diverse, and an injury to one is an injury to all.

AFGE is also one of a few national unions that has an entire department dedicated to promoting justice and equality – the Women’s and Fair Practices Department , led by a civil rights hero National Vice President Augusta Y. Thomas . AFGE also has a Human Rights Committee which proposes and implements programs that seeks to eliminate employment discrimination in the federal and D.C. government.

AFGE is proud to be a part of the movement that challenges ourselves to live up to our own ideals.

Here are a few examples of AFGE’s work to help bring equality and justice for all:

  • Moral Monday rallies protesting extremist policies and bad laws that attack civil rights such as voting rights in North Carolina.

  • Thousand Minister’s March demanding social justice and denouncing racism following a white supremacy and neo-Nazis’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Capital Pride Festival celebrating and supporting our brothers and sisters in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. AFGE has a national program called AFGE Pride which was designed to support the LGBT membership within AFGE and the labor movement. Our work to ensure that transgender public servants are treated with dignity and respect has yielded positive results, and our members ’ passion inspires us every day.

  • NVP Augusta Thomas being honored by International Civil Rights and Museum for her history with the civil rights movement and her work as a labor leader.

  • AFGE condemning racism and asking America to come together to defeat hate.


Recent AFGE News:

“I sat so you could stand”

October 15, 2018

Born in Kentucky during segregation, Augusta Y. Thomas spent her entire life fighting for racial equality and union rights. AFGE will continue to honor her memory and her unforgettable words.

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Blaylock’s legacy was safeguarding our rights

October 15, 2018

Ken Blaylock, a native of North Carolina, was elected national president at the 1976 AFGE National Convention. The passage of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 was one of Blaylock’s greatest achievements as AFGE national president.

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