FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2006
Emily Ryan
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Michael Victorian
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AFGE National President John Gage Discusses CBP Campaign

WHAT:
A conference call to discuss the AFGE campaign to represent Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees.

WHERE:
1.877.494.5165, participant code 475649

WHEN:
1:30 p.m., March 23, 2006

WHO:
John Gage, AFGE National President,
Eugene Martin, AFGE Customs and Border Protection Campaign Coordinator


(WASHINGTON)- John Gage, National President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), will hold a conference call today to discuss the union’s campaign to represent Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection employees.

An election to determine which union will serve as the sole representative of the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection employees has been set for this spring. The election will be strictly via mail ballots, which will be sent on May 9 and collected no later than June 22. Votes will be tallied on June 27.

AFGE has long served as the voice of the nation on issues of homeland security. It was the union that the media turned to during the U.S. ports fiasco, recording appearances on CNN, MSNBC, Westwood One Radio, the Associated Press, Knight Ridder, Washington Post and USA Today. Recent legal victories include winning arbitration that CBP must bargain with local unions—not simply with national unions—on issues covered by collective bargaining agreements; securing more than $20 million in unpaid overtime for DHS workers; and getting wrongfully terminated TSA screeners reinstated in Baltimore, Orlando and across the country.

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