August 12, 2003
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AFGE Hosts National Convention

WASHINGTON, D.C.¡XHundreds of government employees from across the country will serve as delegates and alternates to AFGE¡¦s 36th Triennial Convention in Las Vegas, Nev., Aug. 18 through Aug. 22, 2003. A major thrust of this year¡¦s convention will be to develop strategies and programs to stop efforts by the Bush Administration to sell the government off to well-connected campaign contributors and eliminate federal employee protections that obstruct their efforts to protect our homeland and support our warfighters overseas.

A rally will be held Monday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m. in front of the Aladdin Hotel (67 Las Vegas Blvd., South) to protest the Bush Administration¡¦s efforts to privatize over half of the federal workforce to for-profit corporations. Nevada could lose as many as 4,000 federal jobs.

Other events open to the media are:

„h Keynote address by AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage, Sr.¡XMonday morning, Aug. 18.
„h Andrew Stern, President, Service Employees International Union¡XLuncheon speaker, Monday, Aug. 18.
„h John J. Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO, and Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.)¡XLuncheon speakers, Tuesday, Aug. 19.
„h Linda Chavez-Thompson, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO¡XLuncheon speaker, Thursday, Aug. 21.

All events will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, (702) 632-7777. The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, is the largest union for government employees, representing some 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia.

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