WASHINGTON – Today, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest union representing 700,000 federal and D.C. government employees, has begun the process to separate a unit of thousands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from the parent union, AFGE, by filing paperwork with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) disclaiming interest in the unit.
“It is clear that the AFGE Council 118 remains steadfast in their desire to no longer be a part of AFGE or the broader labor movement,” said AFGE National President Everett Kelley. “As a result, we have made the difficult decision to disclaim interest in this unit. While we had hoped to avoid this outcome, today’s action begins the process of granting Council 118’s request.”
Under the Federal Labor Relations Act, unions can volunteer to give up a unit of workers they previously represented by filing a disclaimer of interest in the bargaining unit. The disclaimer is subject to a routine investigation and approval by the FLRA.