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This Bill Could Save Correctional Officers’ Lives

February 12, 2015

A critical bill has been introduced in the Senate, and its passage could mean life or death for Bureau of Prisons officers. The bill, S. 368, would allow officers to carry their personal firearms while they commute to-and-from work by requiring wardens of BOP-operated institutions to provide a secure storage area located outside of the secure perimeter of those institutions.

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Categories: BOP

Jose Rivera's Family Needs Your Help

February 12, 2015

Brothers and sisters of the Bureau of Prisons, when we see a fellow correctional officer or their family in need, we take care of our own. Right now, the family of fallen officer Jose Rivera needs our help.

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Categories: BOP

AFGE Paid off Its Mortgage!

February 12, 2015

The National Executive Council of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is proud to report to you that the mortgage on the AFGE National Office Building located in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, D.C. was paid off in December 2014, well in advance of the final payment due in August 2021.

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VA Secretary Receives Enthusiastic Welcome at AFGE Legislative Conference

February 12, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald received a rock star welcome as he addressed a packed house at the AFGE National VA Council’s meeting early Sunday morning. The Council meeting is part of AFGE’s annual Legislative Conference being held here in Washington, D.C. Feb. 8-11. Secretary McDonald's appearance this weekend was the first time a VA Secretary has spoken at a VA Council meeting at the legislative conference.

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Categories: VA

AFGE Activists Heat up a Cold Afternoon on Capitol Hill

February 12, 2015

Chanting “What time is it? Union time!”, “AFGE! AFGE!,” “AFL-CIO!” the nearly 500 AFGE members who attended the union’s legislative conference marched to Capitol Hill to demand an end to attacks on the federal workforce and job-and-morale-killing sequestration. 

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30,000 DHS Employees Could Be Furloughed

February 12, 2015

If Congress doesn’t fund the Department of Homeland Security by the end of this month, 30,000 employees will be furloughed. Even though many of the workers are considered essential employees and would have to show up to work, it is wrong to require people to work without pay.

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Categories: DHS

The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale

February 11, 2015

AFGE is proud to announce that we have joined with more than 60 national organizations to form A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. Please sign the pledge to protect the public Postal Service.

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Categories: Labor

VA Secretary Receives Enthusiastic Welcome at AFGE Legislative Conference

February 09, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald received a rock star welcome as he addressed a packed house at the AFGE National VA Council’s meeting early Sunday morning. The Council meeting is part of AFGE’s annual Legislative Conference being held here in Washington, D.C. Feb. 8-11. Secretary McDonald's appearance this weekend was the first time a VA Secretary has spoken at a VA Council meeting at the legislative conference.

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Categories: VA, Veterans

DoD to Host First AFGE-DoD Depot/Arsenal Meeting at Pentagon

February 05, 2015

John Johns, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, will host the AFGE Depot/Arsenal Caucus at the Pentagon on Thursday, Feb. 12, for a roundtable discussion on policy and budget issues impacting the government-owned, government-operated industrial base. 

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Categories: DoD

Repeal New Federal Employee Pay Cuts

February 05, 2015

At the urging of AFGE, Rep. Donna Edwards of Maryland this week reintroduced a bill that would repeal massive pay cuts to new federal employees. The legislation would reverse the large retirement contribution increases imposed on federal employees hired after 2012 as part of prior budget agreements.

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Categories: Job Cuts, General Schedule

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