Veterans Organizing Toolkit

This toolkit serves as a step-by-step guide for Locals to engage military veterans in all aspects of active union membership. Included in this toolkit are suggested communications strategies, organizing best practices and legislative/political tactics for veterans. There is no one best way to build a robust and active veterans program, but we have laid the foundation to ensure uniformity among AFGE Locals.   

Overview of AFGE Veterans And Union Veterans Council 

AFGE Veterans brings union members, who are military veterans, together to speak out on the issues that impact veterans most. Those issues include the need for good jobs and a strong, fully funded and staffed VA. AFGE is one of 36 national unions that makes up the Union Veterans Council (UVC), under the AFL-CIO. Additionally, we hold private enterprise and elected officials accountable for their words and actions. Consider that one-third of federal civil servants are veterans, AFGE has the capacity to influence Congress, but only if union veterans are effectively organized and efficiently mobilized.

The 3 key objectives of AFGE veterans are:

  1. Recruitment & Recognition: Recruit more AFGE vets to sign up for the UVC and establish annual events to recognize members who exemplify outstanding achievements in AFGE,
  2. Advocacy: Mobilize AFGE veterans around issue campaigns and elections, and
  3. Mentor: Assist veterans using a “Veterans Coordinator” to identify benefits and resources for veterans as they transition to the federal civil service.

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