AFGE Celebrates National Nurses Week

May 05, 2014

AFGE joins millions of nurses around the world in celebrating National Nurses Week May 6-12. As a representative of more than 100,000 government employees who are proud members of the nursing profession, AFGE is committed to fighting for their workplace rights. Through collective bargaining, legislative advocacy, legal representation, organizing and education, AFGE ensures that government sector nurses and the patients they care for are protected.

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Categories: DoD, VA

House Panel Passes Bill to Make Corporate Tax Breaks Permanent without Offsets

May 02, 2014

House lawmakers are usually in the habit of demanding offsets when funding programs that benefit most Americans, but this week they refused to do so when they voted to make corporate tax breaks permanent, adding $300 billion to the deficit over 10 years. These are the same people who voted against extending unemployment insurance benefits to millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet.

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Defense Commissaries: A Benefit We Can’t Afford to Lose

April 29, 2014

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) provides military families with groceries and household goods at cost plus a 5% surcharge. Shoppers save an average of more than 30% on their purchases compared to commercial prices, adding up to thousands of dollars in savings every year for regular shoppers.

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Categories: DoD

3.3% Pay Raise Bill Gets More Co-sponsors

April 25, 2014

More lawmakers have signed on to co-sponsor a bill that would give federal employees a 3.3% pay raise in 2015. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia in March, recognizes the spike in attrition rate among federal workers that has gone up by 35% since 2009.

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Categories: Pay

AFGE Supports Bill to Provide Death Benefits for TSA Officers Killed on the Job

April 23, 2014

Like police officers, state troopers and firefighters, Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) regularly put their lives on the line to protect the security of others. Last November the first TSO was killed in the line of duty at Los Angeles International Airport. But unlike police officers, state troopers and firefighters, current laws do not provide the same death benefits that other federal law enforcement officers receive for TSA officers’ families.

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AFGE Member Honored As Hometown Hero

April 18, 2014

AFGE Veterans Affairs Local 1862 President Andrew Scherzinger has been recognized as a hometown hero in Central Pennsylvania. Scherzinger is a decorated veteran, having served in the United States Armed Forces between 2000 and 2004.

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Former AFGE National Vice President for District 8 Has Passed Away

April 09, 2014

Virgil Miller, former National Vice President of AFGE’s 8th District, passed away yesterday. Virgil was born on February 23, 1925; he was 89 years old. Virgil was elected National Vice President in 1969 after serving as President of Air Force Local 1997.  Virgil retired from AFGE in May 1990. He was highly regarded and had won respect by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

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Hire Government Employees to Close Gender Pay Gap

April 08, 2014

April 8 is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks the day when women catch up to their male counterparts’ pay from the previous year. Even though the pay gap between men and women has decreased since 1963 when women earned only 59 cents to every dollar earned by men, prompting the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women’s pay continue to lag behind today. In the private sector, the pay gap is close to 20 cents and wider among African American and Latina women.

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Categories: Civil Rights

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