FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2001
Magda Lynn Seymour
Diane S. Witiak
(202) 639-6419

Governor Declares Week of July 22 "Federal Employee Week"



AFGE's Fourth District, which represents government employees in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, is conducting a series of organizing events in the Morgantown area this week that will culminate with the Quarterly AFGE Fourth District Meeting at the Lakeview Golf Resort on Friday, July 27, 2001.

Joseph Flynn, National Vice President of the Fourth District, reports that in addition to building AFGE's membership, staff and activists have generated grassroots letters to Congress urging support for a 4.6 percent pay increase next year for federal workers.

President George W. Bush has proposed a 4.6 percent increase in 2002 for military personnel but only a 3.6 percent increase for civilian federal employees. AFGE strongly supports pay parity for the two work groups, who, in many instances, work side-by-side for the same employer—the federal government.

"It is truly gratifying to see Governor Wise giving federal employees and our union brothers and sisters the credit and respect they so richly deserve," Flynn said. "AFGE is working hard on Capitol Hill to secure a 4.6 percent pay increase for civilian federal employees and our grassroots efforts across the country play an important role in securing pay parity for this hardworking and dedicated work force," he added.

The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, is the largest union for government employees, representing some 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas. Over 18,000 federal employees live in West Virginia. To learn more about AFGE, visit www.afge.org.

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