Features of the AFGE Microsites:
AFGE's Affiliate Microsite Program allows us to setup websites with AFGE Affiliates (Locals, Districts and Councils). Some of the basic features of the Microsites include the ability to host password protected content for AFGE members only, upload images/documents, provide important contact info for your local members and much more.
There is no need for coding or previous web design knowledge, but someone who is familiar with Microsoft Office and email or social media will have the greatest success. Training and setup will be handled by the Communications Department.
The Affiliate Microsites are cost free except for those locals who prefer a custom website address, which will cost around $14 a year to have a custom website name (i.e. afgelocal1234.org, the default address will be afge.org/local1234).
Setup Process Overview:
Setting up a Facebook page or group if you don't have one already, is a good way to connect with AFGE members at your local until the website is ready. When the website is ready you can send posts on Facebook telling people to check out a particular article or page on your website.
If you’d like to set up an email newsletter, we recommend using MailChimp—a simple newsletter platform that is free for up to 2,000 email addresses. Training on email newsletters is available through the communications department. Call 202-639-6419 to set up a training.
If you’d like to create a print newsletter for your local, you can find a sample layout here. The communications team at the AFGE National office is available to help you create a personalized graphic for your local.
It is important to conduct as much of your day to day union business on equipment and accounts that are not maintained by your agency. To accomplish this you can setup your own email and digital storage to communicate at your local or council using the recommended services below.
For assistance email [email protected].
Microsoft Office 365 is one of the most ubiquitous document storage providers available. Their plans can provide email, purchasing of a domain, and Microsoft Office licensing.
Office 365 Plans:
There is almost no technical know-how required to setup an account. You will need a credit card to set this account up. Plan options are here.
Microsoft Office Resources:
Gmail accounts offer an email account, as well as digital storage with programs that feel like the Microsoft Office Suite. If choosing this option other users at your local and council will have to be manually invited to see specific documents.
Creating a Gmail Account: