California Lawmaker Wants to Get Rid of Cheapest Workforce – 120,000 Feds

January 22, 2015

The Department of Defense, the largest federal agency, has three workforces: military, civilian, and contractor. The civilian workforce is the cheapest, often two to three times cheaper than contractors doing the same work. If anyone wants to reduce the number of workers, citing fiscal constraints, you’d think he/she would target the most expensive workforce, right? Not Rep. Ken Calvert of California.

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Categories: DoD

AFGE Honors Dr. King

January 15, 2015

Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. means recognizing and uplifting the humanity of our neighbor. Dr. King dedicated his life to the service of others. Through relentless activism, community outreach and an unwavering determination in the fight for equality, Dr. King is memorialized in our nation’s history.

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Categories: Civil Rights

AFGE Wins against TSA’s Inappropriate AWOL Charge

January 15, 2015

Thanks to AFGE’s outstanding representation, an arbitrator recently reversed a charge of absence without leave (AWOL) against a Newark Airport TSA officer who was unable to get to work because of a severe snowstorm and mass transit issues.

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Categories: TSA

3.8% Raise for Feds in 2016?

January 15, 2015

AFGE-backed bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to give federal employees a 3.8% pay raise in 2016. The House bill was introduced by Representative Gerry Connolly of Virginia, while the Senate bill was introduced by Sens. Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Ben Cardin of Maryland.

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Categories: Pay

A. Philip Randolph Institute Targets Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Fast Track Trade Authority

January 13, 2015

The president and executive board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) joined a growing chorus of civil, labor and human rights organizations calling for major changes to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The AFL-CIO’s senior constituency group is also opposing the Fast Track authority that would eliminate the ability of elected officials and constituency groups to recommend and implement necessary changes. 

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Obama Grants 6 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave to Feds

January 12, 2015

If you stand for “family values,” then you need to walk the talk. President Barack Obama did just that this week when he issued an executive order directing agencies to grant six weeks of advanced paid leave to federal employees to care for a new born or an adopted child, take care of an ill family member, or attend to similar matters. 

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Categories: Workers' Rights

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