AFGE Local Battling 2013 Unpaid Furloughs

August 08, 2014

All of the furloughed employees are working capital fund employees, meaning their salaries are paid from revenue generated by the work that they do. The temporary layoff prevented these employees from doing their jobs, which resulted in lost income for the Corpus Christi Army Depot, Local 2142 Chief Steward Kenneth Weeks said.

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Categories: DoD, Job Cuts

Honoring Agent Vega

August 06, 2014

AFGE mourns the death of member Javier Vega, a Border Patrol agent at the Kingsville Border Patrol Station in Kingsville, Texas. Agent Vega was off duty and fishing with relatives on Aug. 3 when two men attempted to rob them and opened fire, fatally wounding Agent Vega.

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Categories: Border Patrol

Victory on Social Security

July 17, 2014

AFGE members have helped save Benefit Verification Forms, an essential service at Social Security Field Offices that is used by millions of senior, disabled and middle class Americans across the country.

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Categories: SSA, Retirees

AFGE Successfully Blocks Coast Guard’s Plan to Outsource Mailroom Functions

July 14, 2014

Thanks to AFGE, the U.S. Coast Guard has decided not to proceed with its decision to contract out mailroom functions at the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center in West Virginia. AFGE Council 120 in June learned that the Coast Guard was planning to outsource the mailroom functions currently performed by 16 employees represented by AFGE Local 43.

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Categories: DoD

I Am AFGE: Meet Gabrielle Martin

July 09, 2014

Gabrielle Martin has seen a lot of change in her time at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as the civil rights agency’s mission has expanded to cover a broader range of protected classes. Unfortunately, one thing that hasn’t changed is the lack of resources afforded the tiny Executive Branch agency.

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Categories: Member Profile

VA Rebate Blitz continues through Aug. 31

July 03, 2014

The VA Rebate Blitz was originally scheduled to run from June 1 to June 30 2014, with 1187s being accepted until July 31 2014. Now the blitz will run until July 31 with 1187s being accepted until August 31 2014.

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Categories: VA

Independence Day

July 03, 2014

Independence Day is a time to celebrate the birth of our nation and show appreciation for all of the struggles, sacrifices and successes that have made this country the envy of the world.

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Categories: AFGE National Staff

Appeal Board Rejects TSA's Bogus Charges against TSO/Union Activist

July 01, 2014

It's not a secret that the Transportation Security Administration is one of the most anti-worker agencies in the federal government. Airport managers break their own rules and regularly refuse to comply with the labor-management contract. But TSA in Norfolk, Virginia, took ridiculousness to a whole new level.

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Categories: TSA

Family and Service at the VA

July 01, 2014

AFGE VA Local 2328 member Linda Fitzgerald tells the touching story of her daughter and her service at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Categories: VA

AFGE Boycotts Staples

June 25, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service is adding more low-wage jobs to the economy by outsourcing work to low-wage employer Staples and replacing USPS workers with Staples workers who average only $8.50 an hour. The USPS-Staples deal, which established postal counters in more than 80 Staples stores with plans to expand the program to Staples’ 1,500 stores, doesn’t make any sense also because Staples is closing at least 225 stores by the end of 2015. The closing of postal offices and Staples stores will leave many Americans especially those in the rural areas without access to any nearby post office.

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Categories: Workers' Rights

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