FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2008
Alexandra Smolen
(202) 639-6419

Jason Fornicola
(202) 639-6448

The Future of Labor Unions, New OPM Initiatives to Be Discussed on "Inside Government"

WASHINGTON—Ray Marshall, former U.S. secretary of labor during the Carter administration, will appear this week on the American Federation of Government Employees’ (AFGE) radio program “Inside Government.” Marshall will address the future of labor unions, the reason private sector unionization has decreased while public sector unionization has increased, and possible solutions to solve the immigration debate. Also hear from Linda Springer, director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), on new OPM initiatives such as the www.telework.gov Web site and RetireEZ program. Springer will also detail OPM’s efforts to simplify the federal employment application process, as well as recent recruitment efforts. The show will air on Friday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET nationwide on www.federalnewsradio.com and 1050 AM in the Washington, D.C., area.

“Inside Government” is a one-hour weekly nationwide radio/Internet program dedicated to issues that impact all federal and D.C. government employees. In launching “Inside Government,” AFGE became one of the first unions and the only federal workers’ union to have a national broadcast program on the air.

The program, hosted by AFGE Assistant General Counsel Ward Morrow, can be heard Fridays at 10:00 a.m. ET nationally on demand (available anytime) at www.federalnewsradio.com or 1050 AM in the Washington, D.C., area.

Programs are archived on the Federal News Radio Web site and can be heard on demand (available anytime) at http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=300. Federal News Radio is one of the most popular online news stations in the country, according to the Baltimore Sun/New York Times Syndicate.

“Inside Government” is also available to more than 70 million iPod users through Apple’s iTunes music download software. The program is available via podcast, located at the following link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=212048686. Users must install iTunes on their computers before accessing “Inside Government” via podcast.

For more information, please e-mail InsideGovernment@afge.org or go to www.federalnewsradio.com.

Please note there will be a short advertisement prior to the start of the program.

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