Did you know…
That AFGE held our charter convention on Oct. 17, 1932 at the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.? The 42 delegates representing 562 members elected John A. Shaw as the first AFGE national president. David Glass became the first national vice president, and Helen McCarty-Voss from the Department of Navy maintained her AFL-appointed position as chief organizer.
From our first convention almost 90 years ago, AFGE has grown to become the largest union representing D.C. and federal employees today. But our mission remains the same: empowering our members in the workplace.
AFGE holds our convention every three years with the last convention taking place in 2018. The 42nd convention was supposed to take place last year but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
AFGE convention is important because it’s where members and delegates help shape the future of our federation by adopting resolutions and policy changes. It’s where AFGE national officers and most council executives are elected or re-elected. AFGE members also meet at convention to show solidarity and support for one another as we fight to make the federal and D.C. governments a better place to work.
On June 20-24, 2022, AFGE members will gather for our 42nd convention in Orlando!
Here are 10 things worth knowing to help enhance your convention experience:
- Convention attendees can download the AFGE Convention app: Attendees should check their email for more information on how to download and access the app. It will feature lots of information related to the week’s events.
- Are you a new delegate? We have orientation sessions on Sunday June 19 for delegates and alternate delegates attending the convention for the first time, or those who just need a refresher course on parliamentary procedure. Trainings will be held from 1-3 p.m. and again from 4-6 p.m.
- Robert’s Rules of Order workshop: Anyone conducting a union business meeting knows how important it is to follow parliamentary rules and procedures. AFGE Y.O.U.N.G. will host a workshop on Robert’s Rules of Order from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, June 19.
- Learn more about AFGE departments and allied organizations: Check out exhibit tables on Saturday and Sunday. Check your AFGE convention app for hours.
- AFGE T-shirt day: On Tuesday June 21, show your AFGE spirit by wearing the AFGE Convention T-shirt you were provided at registration!
- Resolution Review Sessions: Join us beginning Tuesday afternoon to review, discuss, and amend resolutions submitted by AFGE members from across the nation.
- LGBTQ meeting: AFGE Pride will meet Tuesday evening to discuss issues affecting federal and D.C. government employees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.
- It’s Awards Season! Are you excited to celebrate the accomplishments of AFGE and AFGE members? That’s just what we’ll be doing during awards ceremonies for organizing, communications, human rights, and more taking place during the general plenary session on Monday and Tuesday.
- Women’s Breakfast: Join us for Women’s Breakfast hosted by WFP on Thursday.
- National Officer Elections. The elections will take place 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22.
See you in Orlando!