(ATLANTA)—Calling for an emphasis on unity, John Gage today was sworn in for a second term as president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the nation’s largest union representing federal and DC government employees.
“There is much to do on behalf of federal workers in anti-worker administration,” Gage told convention delegates after the swearing in ceremony. “It’s our turn. Our focus is now on the November 7 congressional elections. We plan to help elect a Congress with men and women who are actually responsive to the needs of the American people, particularly the nation’s working families,” he added.
The new National Secretary-Treasurer (NST) is J. David Cox, formerly the first vice president of the union’s National Veterans Affairs Council (NVAC). During his acceptance speech, Cox appealed to delegates to make a commitment to make AFGE a leader in the labor movement. “This union is great and has the capacity to be even greater.” Cox said.
Andrea Brooks was elected to another term as National Vice President, Women’s and Fair Practices, and told convention delegates that “the best is yet to come.” She also asked that AFGE members focus on “hope, positive thinking and action.”