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AFGE Boycotts Staples

June 25, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service is adding more low-wage jobs to the economy by outsourcing work to low-wage employer Staples and replacing USPS workers with Staples workers who average only $8.50 an hour. The USPS-Staples deal, which established postal counters in more than 80 Staples stores with plans to expand the program to Staples’ 1,500 stores, doesn’t make any sense also because Staples is closing at least 225 stores by the end of 2015. The closing of postal offices and Staples stores will leave many Americans especially those in the rural areas without access to any nearby post office.

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Categories: Workers' Rights

AFGE Updates – Now On Your Phone

June 23, 2014

AFGE National is proud to introduce AFGE Mobile, our SMS/Text Message Program for members. The text messaging program was designed to provide local and agency-specific updates on legislation, union events and opportunities for action to AFGE members across the country. 

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Categories: Workers' Rights

AFGE Pride

June 12, 2014

Just as labor unions educate, empower and lobby politically on behalf of the middle class and working families, organizations committed to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender individuals (LGBT) are an incredible source of information and advocacy for our LGBT brothers and sisters. Throughout June, the Women’s and Fair Practices Departments will celebrate LGBT Pride Month by highlighting the many organizations and individuals who have been on the forefront of the LGBT movement. 

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Categories: LGBT

AFGE Nurse Wins National VA Nurse of the Year Award

June 12, 2014

Tanya Peterson is a registered nurse at the Viera Outpatient Clinic near Melbourne, Florida, and a member of AFGE Local 599. She has just won the 2014 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Award for Excellence in the Staff Nurse category for her excellent work serving veterans. AFGE is proud of Peterson and congratulates her on her accomplishment.

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AFGE Secures Victory Over Official Time Amendment

June 11, 2014

Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia proposed the official time amendment the afternoon of June 10 during floor debate over the fiscal 2015 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill. Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Ed Pastor of Arizona both delivered eloquent remarks against the amendment, but House members agreed to the amendment by a voice vote.

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VA Employees' Union Cautiously Optimistic on Bipartisan Veterans Care Bill

June 06, 2014

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) expressed cautious optimism about recently announced legislation aimed at improving staffing and addressing wait times at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities. AFGE also applauds provisions to extend advance appropriations to the full VA budget, expand GI bill benefits and enhance medical services for victims of military sexual assault.

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Categories: VA

AFGE President Lauds Sen. Sanders’ Legislation Aimed at Fixing VA Woes

June 05, 2014

We laud Sen. Sanders’ push to fix the long-standing problems that are at the root of the VA’s current woes. In the last few weeks there has been plenty of rhetoric circulated about our veterans’ health care system, but few meaningful solutions. By providing concrete solutions to the wait list issues and staffing shortages, this plan will ensure that the access to care matches the world-class service our nation’s heroes receive once they enter the VA system.

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Categories: VA

USP Prison Break Attempt

June 03, 2014

Council of Prison Locals (CPL) president Eric Young says that this scary and unsettling escape attempt is endemic of federal prisons, where cost-cutting has become a higher priority than the safety of correctional officers – leading to fewer officers in increasingly overcrowded prisons. 

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Categories: BOP

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