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AFGE Takes Part in Labor Department’s Black History Month

February 26, 2015

AFGE was honored to be invited to the Department of Labor’s Black History Month celebration featuring one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced – Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. AFGE was represented by National Secretary Treasurer Eugene Hudson, Jr., Council of Prison Locals President Eric Young, and Executive Assistant to the National Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Arla J. Bentley.

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Categories: Civil Rights

Past African American Super Bowl and Academy Awards Winners

February 23, 2015

Since February is also the month where most Americans are glued to their televisions, watching two of the most highly rated television events of the year - The Super Bowl and The Academy Awards - we thought it would be fitting to highlight how African Americans have shaped these two iconic events.

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Categories: Civil Rights

AFGE Celebrates Black History Month

February 17, 2015

The month of February is recognized as Black History Month.  This year's theme is "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture". AFGE’s Women’s and Fair Practices Departments were excited to kick off this month's celebration at our annual Civil Rights Luncheon at the 2015 AFGE Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference. 

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Categories: Civil Rights

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

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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AFGE: The Vision in Review

May 21, 2014

From its humble beginnings as a upstart labor organization with 562 founding members, AFGE now represents more than 670,000 federal and D.C. government employees from coast to coast and around the world. AFGE has effectively spread its message of fair pay and working conditions for government employees, building a legacy of expanded employee bargaining rights and effecting change to better the lives of federal and D.C. government workers.

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Categories: Labor, Civil Rights

Effecting Change...300,000 Strong!

May 12, 2014

By taking our message to the streets, airwaves, and halls of Congress, AFGE achieved groundbreaking advances for federal workers as it embarked on a decades-long march toward a membership 300,000 strong. Starting in 1946, AFGE won uniformity in salary increases and extended benefits to an additional half-million federal workers. In doing so we secured a 14 percent wage increase for federal workers.

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Categories: Labor, Civil Rights

The Government Apocalypse: Life Without Public Servants

May 06, 2014

This year, I thought I’d pay tribute to government workers by reflecting on what life would look like without them. Politicians of a certain brew, so to speak, no doubt would be crooning “Here Comes the Sun” at such a scenario. But in reality, without public workers on the job, we’d all be having “A Hard Day’s Night.”

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Categories: Labor, Civil Rights

2014 Labor History Month (1/4)

May 05, 2014

Founded in the darkest depths of the Great Depression, AFGE came to life when the American Federation of Labor gave the little group of 562 members its charter on August 18, 1932. From these humble beginnings, AFGE began building an empowered workforce and a government that was empowered to meet the needs of the American people.

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Categories: Labor, Civil Rights

Hire Government Employees to Close Gender Pay Gap

April 08, 2014

April 8 is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks the day when women catch up to their male counterparts’ pay from the previous year. Even though the pay gap between men and women has decreased since 1963 when women earned only 59 cents to every dollar earned by men, prompting the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women’s pay continue to lag behind today. In the private sector, the pay gap is close to 20 cents and wider among African American and Latina women.

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Categories: Civil Rights

Closing the Gap: Fighting for Equal Pay

April 07, 2014

The Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.  Back then, women earned only 59 cents to every dollar earned by men.  Although the gap has significantly decreased over the last 50 years, women continue to lag behind, still earning only 81 cents to every dollar a man earns.  The gap widens for African American and Latina women.

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Categories: Pay, Civil Rights

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