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VA Membership Drive Recruits More Than 8,000 New Members

October 17, 2014

AFGE and its National VA Council ran a successful VA membership recruitment campaign that signed up 8,073 new members from June 1 to Sept. 30. VA employees make up the largest portion of AFGE’s membership, standing at 101, 071 strong. The NVAC hit a major milestone this summer when it recruited its 100,000th dues paying member.

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Categories: VA, Big Enough to Win

Budget Cuts Slow Ebola Research

October 16, 2014

Starving agencies of their needed funds could have deadly consequences when it comes to agencies responsible for preventing and fighting infectious diseases such as Ebola. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been working on Ebola vaccine for a decade, but research stalled as Congress keeps taking away its funding – $5 billion over 10 years, adjusted for inflation.

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Categories: DHS, Senate, Congress

Minimizing Risk of Ebola Exposure for Employees at Points of Entry

October 10, 2014

In response to the recent Ebola crisis and the heightened risk for Transportation Security Officers, Border Patrol agents and other federal employees, AFGE is urging the government to take all necessary measures to protect the public and government employees stationed at the U.S. ports of entry and other sites from potential exposure to the Ebola virus.

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Categories: TSA, DHS, Border Patrol

VA Delays Grade Reductions

October 02, 2014

In keeping with VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s commitment to AFGE and its National VA Council to reverse harmful downgrades of medical center employees who interface with patients, the Department ordered top leadership to delay grade reductions for all 17 targeted positions covering nearly 21,000 lower wage employees.

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Categories: VA, Pay, Veterans

Hispanic Heritage Month

October 01, 2014

As the Women's and Fair Practices Departments continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we thought it'd be great to highlight a few Hispanic women who have made history in the areas of science, labor, and sports.

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Categories: Labor

A Helping Hand

October 01, 2014

When you think of our Border Patrol and ICE agents, what image comes to mind? Chances are, you envision an army of armed law enforcement officers standing guard, ready to do what it takes to impede the flow of undocumented immigrants, illegal drugs and human trafficking into the country.

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Categories: DHS, Border Patrol

We Need Unions Now More Than Ever

August 28, 2014

As the nation marks another Labor Day, there is little to celebrate for many workers in this country. Millions of Americans work two or more jobs yet remain in poverty, thanks to substandard wages and benefits.

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Categories: Labor

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