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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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Happy 88th Birthday, VA!

July 16, 2018

Since its creation in 1930, the VA has been a world-class organization, providing health care and life-changing benefits to millions of veterans across the country. The VA is also home to medical breakthroughs, inventions, and Nobel Prize laureates. VA’s tremendous research and partnerships with academic institutions have far-reaching impact and have transformed the world of medicine. This kind of success is due in no small part to dedicated VA employees – 1 in 3 are veterans themselves.

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Is the Supreme Court Poised to Undermine Union Rights?

June 08, 2018

Labor unions play an important role in securing rights and protections such as health and safety, family and medical leave, overtime, and fair treatment. But the wealthy don’t want workers to come together and negotiate for a better life. An important case pending in the Supreme Court, Janus v. AFSCME, is an example of how these special interests are trying to destroy the labor movement and our democracy.

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AFGE Sues President Trump Over Executive Order

June 04, 2018

On May 25, President Trump signed three executive orders that chip away at due process and collective bargaining rights for federal employees. On May 30, 2018, AFGE sued the Trump administration in response to the third executive order, which aims to deny workers their legal right to representation at the worksite.

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How Trump’s Executive Orders Remove Checks and Balances

June 04, 2018

The three executive orders seek to undermine three things that serve as a protection for the merit systems and against the politicization of the civil service: removal procedure and merit principles, official time, and collective bargaining. After seeing the misinformation campaigns against EPA and VA workers, it's clear that the administration is trying to undermine our democracy and usher in the spoils system.

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5 Things You May Not Know About RFK’s Role in Labor, Civil Rights Movements

June 04, 2018

Fifty years ago this week, Robert Francis Kennedy was shot and killed at a hotel in Los Angeles after delivering a speech celebrating his win in the California primary. While many remember his legacy as a politician, however, few are aware that Robert Kennedy played a key role in the labor and civil rights movements at a time when America was embroiled in social and political crises at home and abroad.

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AFGE Leaders on Capitol Hill for Rollout of Sanders' Pro-Worker Bill

May 14, 2018

The AFGE National Executive Council and AFGE activists were on Capitol Hill May 9 to show their support for the rollout of a bill introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Workplace Democracy Act, that would strengthen workers' rights to organize for better wages, affordable healthcare, retirement security, and better working conditions.

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