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AFGE Mourns Loss of Two Iconic Labor Leaders

October 11, 2018

The American Federation of Government Employees mourns the loss of two of our union’s beloved former national officers: Augusta Y. Thomas, national vice president for women and fair practices emeritus, and Ken Blaylock, national president emeritus.

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Lawmakers Reject Efforts to Privatize Air Traffic Control System

October 09, 2018

The bipartisan bill funds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for five years and rejects proposals to privatize the agency’s Air Traffic Control function. The legislation also reauthorizes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for three years and creates, for the first time, an AFGE and TSA management committee to examine the TSA personnel system— including appeal rights to the Merit Systems Protection Board and grievance procedures.

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Every Government Worker Should Know These Hatch Act Facts

October 01, 2018

The original 1939 Hatch Act, which originally prohibited nearly all partisan political activities by federal employees – but the 1993 updates to the law allow federal employees to engage in partisan political activities during off-duty hours so that they can exercise their democratic rights as American citizens.

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Alice Hamilton Changed the World. Do You Know Her Story?

September 21, 2018

Our workplace is a lot safer today than it was 100 years ago, thanks to the health and safety advocates who fought for protections for all workers. There is one person in particular, however, who took it upon herself to study job-related diseases and deaths among industrial workers at a time when no one else was paying any attention.

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Closure of FLRA Dallas Office Leaves Fed Employee Rights in Jeopardy

September 17, 2018

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is a tiny agency tasked with resolving labor-management issues involving more than 2 million federal employees. These issues range from unfair labor practices (ULP) to arbitration appeals to union elections. Federal employee unions go to the FLRA to challenge agencies’ unfair practices or failures to follow their own policies, among other things. But office closures across the country are leaving workers without a place to turn.

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