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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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