FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2002
Diane Witiak
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

Federal Workers Again Choose AFGE

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Federal workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) recently voted for AFGE union representation.

Employees at the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center recently voted for AFGE representation in two separate elections. In the first election, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other non-nurse professionals voted 34-2 to have AFGE represent their interests. In a separate mail ballot election, registered nurses voted for AFGE by a vote of 122-36. AFGE, which represents over 125,000 DVA workers, gains representational rights for approximately 300 additional DVA workers with the two victories.

AFGE won yet another election for DCAA workers on November 19 by a vote of 222-108—this time in the Eastern Region. The Eastern Region, which is one of five DCAA Regions, covers Ala., Fla., Ga., Ind., Ky., La., Miss., N.C., Ohio, S.C., Tenn., Va., and W.V. AFGE represents approximately 3,000 DCAA workers in all five Regions.

“Given the climate in which public sector workers are forced to operate,” said National President Bobby L. Harnage, Sr., “it is no surprise that they continue to seek effective union representation at every opportunity.”

AFGE is the largest federal employees union in the U.S., representing 600,000 federal and D.C. workers. To join AFGE, or to find out how we’re making America work better for the American people, log onto www.afge.org.

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