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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

Kentucky Unionists 1 – Chamber of Commerce 0

February 05, 2015

Union members in Kentucky have been fighting a war against right-to-work-for-less legislation. So far they have successfully stopped many counties from adopting the anti-worker measure. The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bluegrass Institute, ALEC, and other anti-worker organizations had launched their crusade to pass the right-to-work-for-less measure in 30 counties by the end of January.

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Categories: Workers' Rights

Lifting The Middle Class

February 05, 2015

The White House on Monday released a 2016 budget proposal that lays out the president’s strategy to lift up the middle class. It also spells out plans for agencies and the federal workforce. Here are 12 things you need to know about the budget:

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Categories: Budget

6 Extra Weeks of Paid Leave for Feds?

January 29, 2015

Some lawmakers are more in support of family values than others, and those who support allowing more time for new mothers and fathers to bond with their babies deserve kudos from everyone. After all, we were all babies once and many of us will have children of our own.

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House, Senate Leadership Giving Non-partisan CBO Chief the Boot

January 29, 2015

Majority leaders in the House and Senate are reportedly replacing Douglas Elmendorf as director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO, which was created as a non-partisan agency under a 1974 law, provides budget and economic analyses to Congress to help them make decisions on government programs. The CBO, for example, weighs in on sequestration cuts and other congressional proposals.

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Categories: Budget

AFGE: Reorganization Makes VA Less Top Heavy

January 29, 2015

AFGE has long said that the Department of Veterans Affairs is top heavy and that the department needs more frontline workers in order to better serve veterans. This week’s announcement by VA Secretary Bob McDonald to reorganize the VA into five regions is a step in the right direction as it will reduce the department’s bloated middle management and shift resources to focus on providing more care to more veterans.

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Categories: Veterans

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