February 05, 2003
Diane S. Witiak
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

AFGE To Hold Annual Legislative & Grassroots Conference

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Approximately 1,000 members of AFGE, the largest federal employees union in the U.S., will be convening in Washington, D.C., February 9-12, to attend the union’s annual Legislative & Grassroots Mobilization Conference and to meet with their members of Congress.

On Monday, February 10, conference attendees will welcome Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) as they discuss legislative and policy initiatives relating to federal and D.C. workers. On Tuesday and Wednesday, AFGE members will be sitting down with their elected officials to talk about President George W. Bush’s crusade to destroy the civil service.

“President Bush is destroying the federal government,” said AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage. “He’s selling off government jobs to his political supporters without any competition and, in the process, moving dedicated government workers off the homeland’s frontlines to the growing unemployment lines.

“President Bush’s pay, privatization and civil service policies are more in line with 1903 America, not 2003 America. Wake up, Mr. President, you’re in the 21st century,” added Harnage.

The following conference events at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., are open to the media. Please contact the AFGE Communications Dept. at the number above before attending.

Feb. 9 2:30-3:45 p.m. Opening Session (Regency A)

Feb. 10 9-10:15 a.m. Speeches by Senators Susan Collins (R- Maine) Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) (Ticonderoga/Yorktown/Valley Forge)

12:30-2:30 p.m. Civil Rights Luncheon with guest speaker Representative Artur Davis (D-Ala.) (Regency A)

AFGE represents 600,000 federal and D.C. workers. For more on AFGE, go to

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