January 06, 2004
Enid Doggett
Diane Witiak
(202) 639-6419

Gage Urges DCMA Employees to Vote for AFGE

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—AFGE, the largest federal employees’ union in the U.S., is urging Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) employees to vote for AFGE during the nationwide election on January 13 and 14, 2004.

“DCMA workers are among America’s best,” says AFGE National President John Gage, “and the best workers deserve the best union. Today, I am asking DCMA workers to vote for AFGE.”

Recently, AFGE has gained a reputation as the union that refuses to back down from the Bush Administration. Over the last six months, AFGE has produced and aired national television and radio commercials challenging Bush’s privatization policy and his quest to destroy the civil service system in the Department of Defense (DoD).

“Due to recent DoD personnel changes, DCMA workers—now more than ever—need a union representing them with the most expertise in the federal sector. AFGE has that expertise as the largest federal employees’ union,” stresses Gage.

“AFGE goes to bat everyday for current and retired members,” adds Gage. “The good work we do in Congress, in the courts and at the work site—on issues such as pay, appeal rights, pensions, health care, child care and contract negotiations—makes a big difference in the work and personal lives of AFGE members.

“AFGE membership is growing stronger everyday,” adds Gage, “and with more members, AFGE will put a halt to Bush’s anti-federal worker policies in Defense and other agencies—the first step is voting for AFGE.”

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) will count the ballots from the January 13 and 14 election on February 11 and 12. The union with a majority of the votes will become the bargaining agent for DCMA workers.

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