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AFGE Supports High Standards for All Contractors, Not Subjective Special Hiring Preferences

May 29, 2015

There has been a proposal floating around urging congressional office buildings and federal agencies to give special hiring preferences to federal contractors who promise to take the high road – providing a living wage, fair healthcare and benefits. Like the previous “best value” federal procurement process that has been ditched because it was subjective and prone to corruption, this supposedly high road approach similarly increases the risk of politics, subjectivity, and corruption.

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Categories: Workers Rights

AFGE Secures Locality Pay Increase for 13 New Cities

May 22, 2015

Thousands of federal employees in 13 metropolitan areas should begin to receive salaries based on labor market conditions in their own cities starting January. This expansion of localities is the culmination of years of efforts by AFGE and the Federal Salary Council to make federal salaries more sensitive to local market criteria.

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Singing Labor's Song - Music & the Labor Movement

May 20, 2015

Since its inception, music has been a community builder and rallying point for people to come together through a shared idea. In public squares, religious spaces and at small gatherings, music is a force used by millions around the world to find a common language to tell their stories - and the labor movement is no exception.

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AFGE Celebrates Jewish Heritage Month

May 15, 2015

May is Jewish-American Heritage Month. On Wednesday AFGE took this opportunity to celebrate with an educational program that included a short talk by Rabbi Daniel Zemel of Temple Micah in Washington, D.C., Jewish food, and a video featuring the prominent role of Jewish Americans in the Civil Rights movement.

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Categories: Workers Rights

AFGE Calls for Investing in Railway Safety

May 15, 2015

AFGE remembers the Amtrak crash victims and echoes Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, President Ed Wytkind's call for investing in railway safety. Investigators say the crash that killed at least eight people and injured hundreds may have been avoided if an approved automatic brake technology had been installed.

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Categories: Workers Rights

“Free-Trade” is Never Free

May 15, 2015

Labor History Month provides an opportunity to look at past struggles and remember the workers who gave their lives to create a more-perfect present. From strikes, to sit-ins and marches, the labor movement has overcome incredible odds to help working people.

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Categories: Workers Rights

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