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Meet Audrey Townsend

November 11, 2014

As a women’s coordinator for AFGE Local 383, Audrey Townsend serves as a spokesperson for all of the female District of Columbia government employees who aren’t receiving equal pay for equal work.

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Pentagon’s New Push to Privatize More Federal Jobs

November 09, 2014

AFGE is calling the Pentagon out on its recent invitation to private-sector representatives to advise the department on how to privatize more federal jobs even though contractors are two to three times more expensive than civilian employees.

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Categories: DoD

Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave

November 06, 2014

Voters in Massachusetts, Trenton (NJ), Montclair (NJ), and Oakland (CA) voted to require companies with more than 10 employees to provide paid sick days to workers. Massachusetts this week followed in the footsteps of Connecticut and California when its residents voted to guarantee paid sick leave for workers.

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Categories: Workers Rights

Attention Acquisition Experts

November 06, 2014

There are concerns that the federal government contracts with bad contractors which violate international core labor standards (e.g., freedom of association, right to bargain collectively as well as prohibitions against severe forms of human trafficking and child labor) as well as various civil and political rights.

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Categories: DoD

Employees Protest Closing of ER at North Carolina VA Hospital

October 31, 2014

As the Department of Veterans Affairs is still reeling from the secret waitlist and Legionnaire scandals, the recent closing of the emergency room due to a shortage of doctors at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center in North Carolina puts a damper on its efforts to improve the department’s image and sends a wrong message to our nation’s heroes.

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Categories: VA, Veterans

Deaths on the Job in Federal Workforce Increased

October 31, 2014

Fatal work injuries among government employees went up 5% from 453 in 2012 to 476 last year. But the job fatality rate in the federal workforce shot up 19% to 124 during the same period, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs related to national security accounted for most of the fatalities – 75 deaths while the Postal Service accounted for 19.

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Categories: Workers Rights, Labor

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