February 20, 2006
Emily Ryan
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AFGE Certified as Sole Union for Citizenship and Immigration Services Employees

(Washington)—The Federal Labor Relations Authority recently granted the American Federation of Government Employees sole representation of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) employees. “AFGE now is certified as the exclusive representation of all non-professional employees of CIS,” AFGE National President John Gage said.

“We look forward to working with USCIS Director Emilio T. Gonzalez and the rest of CIS management to win recognition for the crucial role that CIS plays in securing the homeland, and to ensure the hiring of additional staff to handle the additional work that Congress is likely to give them,” Gage added.

AFGE also is certified as the only union to represent employees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol. The union additionally serves as the voice of workers in Customs and Border Protection, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard and TSA.

AFGE has worked diligently to ensure the rights of all Department of Homeland Security employees, and specifically has been involved in efforts to ensure full law enforcement status for CBP officers. “Through AFGE, all DHS workers are speaking with one voice,” Gage said.

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