What: SPEECH AND OPEN MEETING
with Congressman Van Hollen
Where: NOAA AUDITORIUM*
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD
*Metro-accessible - Red line, Silver Spring stop
When: WEDNESDAY, MAY 26TH
(SILVER SPRING, MD)—On Wednesday, May 26th, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the congressman representing Maryland's 8th District, addressed employees of the National Aeronautical Charting Office and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). After the congressman's speech, he discussed the employees' concerns on issues affecting the federal work force. The speech and meeting were hosted by Local 2703 of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), which represents employees of the National Aeronautical Charting Office (NACO), the federal entity that creates the official maps used by commercial airlines and U.S. military planes to navigate the nation's skies.
A robust discussion of pay issues and privatization of federal jobs was expected. NACO employees continue to work under threat of having their jobs contracted out to private firms, despite the security-sensitive nature of their work.
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The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.