· Representative Al Wynn (D-Md.)—Sponsor of the TRAC Act in the 106th and 107th Congresses
· Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas)— Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
Following the morning plenary session, AFGE members will participate in workshops outlining details of civilian-military pay parity (S. Con. Res. 17 and H. Con. Res. 42), the TRAC Act (H. R. 721) and health care premium legislation. Workshops will also discuss prison privatization and legislation affecting employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
> “Tax cuts, budgets, base closures, pay, privatization, retirement, health care and child care are just a handful of the issues we’ll be discussing with our elected officials when AFGE members hit the halls of Congress,” said AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage.
“Too many issues are being tossed around Congress and in the White House that concern federal workers,” stated Harnage. “President Bush’s onslaught of Executive Orders against workers—with a special slam on labor-management partnerships—indicates his outright disregard for the most cost effective way to carry out the business of the taxpayers. Bush’s ‘shoot-from-the-hip’ style of decision-making will only drive up the cost of government as less experienced contract workers flood the federal work place—workers dedicated to making money and not to providing government service.”
AFGE is the largest federal employees union, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. Go to www.afge.org for more information on AFGE.
AFGE 2001 Legislative & Grassroots Mobilization Conference Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
EVENTS OPEN TO THE MEDIA
Monday, April 2
7:30 a.m.– 11 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Speeches by AFGE Officials/Congressional Members
12 noon – 2 p.m. Civil Rights Luncheon
Tuesday, April 3
8:00 a.m.– 9:45 a.m. AFGE District Breakfasts
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Capitol Hill Lobbying