The Importance of "Off the Clock" & "Don't Use Federal Property"

Can AFGE Activists Contact their Senators or U.S. Representative "on the clock" and by "using government property"?

No, with the exception of union officers who have negotiated the right to lobby on official time. And even this right might be restricted if the federal employee is using appropriated funds to lobby on pending legislation.

Can AFGE Activists Contact their Senators or U.S. Representative "off the clock" and by "using personal property"?

Yes. Federal employees should contact their lawmakers from home using personal email, phones, letters, faxes or cell phones. And there are conditions under which you can exercise your right to lobby Congress while at work but not on duty time andnot using government property. You will find more details on pages 6 & 7.

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