May 16, 2022
The House of Representatives on May 11 and 12 passed two important bills that would provide workplace rights and benefits to two groups of federal workers: federal firefighters and TSOs.
With all the new anti-federal employee laws, pending bills, and Executive Orders, you may feel federal employees are the sole target of politicians. In reality, these politicians have been coming after all working people for decades.
The all-out war on working people was started because of the fear and greed of big business: Unionized workers have bargaining power to negotiate for better wages, health care, retirement, working conditions – basically a better life. But that better life for workers cut into the profits of big business.
To get richer on the back of workers, these business interests have their allies in Congress and state capitals around the country do their dirty work for them. Big business supplies politicians with campaign contributions. Politicians churn out anti-worker laws restricting our rights and efforts to form and join a union.
But with our collective voice, we can fight back and win!
Working people need each other now more than ever. Those who have a union in their workplace but haven’t joined need to join because our power lies in standing together and using our collective voice. When we stand together, we win!
Need proof/an inspiration?
The teacher unions, which face the same verbal and real attacks like we do. Teachers are overworked, underpaid, and very much vilified. States freely cut taxes for the wealthy, then try to balance the budget by slashing teachers’ pay and retirement. That’s why teachers from West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and Virginia raised their collective voices loudly and took to the streets to demand a raise and respect. They pushed back and made good gains on their pay and funding for education. These teachers are an inspiration to us all.
Join us today!
If your coworkers haven’t joined our union, ask them to join us today.
We have started our #RedForFeds campaign to begin building the movement until we have every federal and DC government employee standing up together and collectively demanding that they be respected, their rights be protected, their pay be improved and the worksites be better places to work. So join us today!
P.S. Here are 13 reasons your coworkers should join a union.
AFGE congratulates Susan Grundmann on her confirmation by the Senate as a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).
AFGE Local 781 is calling for an investigation into cronyism, bullying, racism, and toxic work environment at the Edward Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital outside Chicago.