FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2007
Emily Ryan
(202) 639-6421

Michael Victorian
(202) 639-6405

AFGE to Sign Historic Working Agreement with USCIS

WHAT:
The American Federation of Government Employees and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will formally announce their intention to better their working relationship.

WHERE:
USCIS headquarters, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Director’s Conference Room, 5th Floor

WHEN:
Friday, April 13, 2007; 10:30 a.m.

WHO:
AFGE National President John Gage
USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez



(WASHINGTON)—On April 13, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President John Gage will join U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Emilio Gonzalez in announcing a new working relationship between the two entities and signing a joint memo to that effect.

To assist in this effort, AFGE and USCIS have agreed on Robert Tobias and Erin Baillie as facilitators. Tobias is the director of both American University’s Public Sector Executive Programs and its Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation. Baillie is a consultant with Federal Management Partners.

Tobias and Baillie will collect information on the current labor-management relationship within USCIS, which will serve as a baseline for their work. Following the data collection, AFGE and USCIS will meet to identify a plan to implement a more efficient and effective working relationship.

The USCIS building is a secure building. Please bring photo identification if you are planning to attend the event. RSVPs are not necessary.

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