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:

SSA Management Launches All-Out Attack on Our Union, Employees

July 16, 2018

In yet another example of an irresponsible, undemocratic, unprecedented attempt to wipe out labor unions from the United States, the Trump administration has ordered federal agencies across the country to begin implementing the three controversial executive orders to obstruct our work fighting discrimination, retaliation, and injustices in the federal workplace.

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Union Busting Is a Threat to Our Democracy

July 16, 2018

Our union exists to protect the merit systems, ensure justice, equality, and workers’ voice – all important factors for our government to serve and protect the American people. We make sure researchers, scientists, doctors, nurses, and other public servants have the tools and resources they need to do their jobs. But this administration is showing zero leadership in helping them do their jobs better.

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