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Feb 10, 2016, 12:08 ET
AFGE TSA Officers rally outside of TSA headquarters to call for fair workplace rights and benefits.

New Legislation Would Finally Grant TSA Officers the Same Workplace Protections as Other Federal Employees

 The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) enthusiastically supports a new bill from Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS) and...

Feb 09, 2016, 17:04 ET
The American Federation of Government Employees is calling on Congress to provide federal employees with a 5.3% pay raise next year to make up for years of no or low pay raises. President Obama's 2017 budget, released Feb. 9, would provide a 1.6% increase, which is not enough to keep up with inflation or make up for years of frozen wages. AFGE is the nation's largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 federal and D.C. government workers.

Largest Federal Employee Union Issues Budget Day Call for Higher Wages, Improved Benefits

 As President Obama issued the final budget of his administration Tuesday, the American Federation of Government Employees called on Congress...

Feb 04, 2016, 18:03 ET
A deceptively named bill introduced Feb. 4 in the House, dubbed the Federal Employee Rights Act, would actually strip federal employees of their basic workplace rights and disempower the people who administer vital federal programs and services, says American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. Rep. Tom Price of Georgia introduced the bill, which would substantially eliminate the federal worker voice and make it much harder for federal employees to join a union.

Deceptively named Federal Employee Rights Act is "venomous attack" on federal workers, AFGE says

 Legislation introduced in the House would strip federal employees of their basic workplace rights and disempower the...

Feb 04, 2016, 15:25 ET
Government employees will join with members of Congress and labor activists in a rally Tuesday Feb. 4 on Capitol Hill to demand fair wages for federal employees and all working people. The rally is being coordinated by the American Federation of Government Employees, which is the nation's largest union representing 670,000 federal and D.C. government employees.

Government Employees, Lawmakers to Rally for Fair Wages Tuesday

 Government employees from the federal, state and local levels will join with union leaders and lawmakers at a noontime rally Tuesday to call...

Feb 03, 2016, 18:54 ET
President Obama has dropped the ball by proposing a federal employee pay raise for 2017 that fails to account for years of frozen and inadequate pay adjustments, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said. AFGE is the nation's largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 federal and D.C. government workers.

Obama Drops the Ball with Proposed 1.6% Pay Raise for Federal Workers

 American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement: "President Obama has...

Jan 29, 2016, 12:06 ET
American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. applauded a decision by a federal district judge to name attorney Daniel Girard as lead counsel for lawsuits that AFGE and other organizations have filed against the Office of Personnel Management in response to last year's massive data breach. Girard was already handling AFGE's lawsuit and will bring his expertise fighting cybersecurity attacks to bear in representing millions of current, former and prospective federal employees whose information was stolen.

AFGE Data Breach Attorney Named Lead Counsel for Consolidated Complaint

The attorney handling the American Federation of Government Employees' lawsuit against the Office of Personnel Management in response to last...

Jan 29, 2016, 11:50 ET
The complicated story how Flint, Mich. is a striking example of American inequity today. Photo: Flickr user Ken Lund

Treading Water: Flint's Water Crisis and What It Says About America Today

You get what you pay for. So when officials cut corners to find a cheaper source of water for the financially-strapped community of Flint, Mich.,...

Jan 28, 2016, 11:54 ET
Chattanooga, Tennessee is one of the many cities in the South seeing a new resurgence of organizing for workers from all fields who are defying stereotypes and joining unions.

Working People Turn to Unions to Brave the New Economy

From writers at online news site Gawker in Manhattan, to Uber drivers in Seattle, to Volkswagen workers in Tennessee, workers across the country...

Jan 18, 2016, 08:30 ET
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First African American President of National Prison Union Awarded for Work in Bridging Divide Between Law Enforcement and Communities of Color

He served as a correctional officer and labor activist in the federal Bureau of Prisons for 21 years. He's the youngest President ever elected in...

Jan 12, 2016, 16:31 ET
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VA Employees' Union Outlines Progress, Needed Improvements, to Veterans Benefits Management System in Congressional Testimony

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) today submitted a statement for the record for a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs...

Jan 11, 2016, 15:41 ET
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Concerned VA Employees Sound the Alarm on Critical Staff Shortages in San Francisco VA Health Care System

Activists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System are calling for congressional oversight into the operation of the system charged...

Jan 07, 2016, 14:29 ET
The Air Force's plan to terminate more than 1,000 civilian employees is an ill-conceived action that will end up costing taxpayers more money in the long run, said J. David Cox Sr., National President of the American Federation of Government Employees. AFGE is the largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 federal and D.C. government employees, including 250,000 in the Department of Defense.

AFGE: Air Force Plan to Slash Civilian Jobs Will Cost Taxpayers, Harm Readiness

The Air Force's plan to terminate more than 1,000 civilian employees is an ill-conceived action that will end up costing taxpayers more money in...

Dec 18, 2015, 12:48 ET
American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. says Congress needs to put aside the partisan bickering and grandstanding and pass a budget next year that focuses on the needs of federal employees and other working families. "Limping to the finish line with a budget who's only redeeming trait is the absence of harmful workforce provisions is hardly a reason to pop the champagne cork," Cox said following passage of the omnibus spending bill that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

As Budget Battle Ends, Union Leader Says Congress Must Do Better by Working Families

As Congress finishes work on an omnibus spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, the head of the nation's largest...

Dec 16, 2015, 16:06 ET
Jean Williams, mother of fallen correctional officer Eric Williams, and Helen Albarati, widow of fallen correctional officer Osvaldo Albarati, gather at a candlelight vigil for correctional workers in Washington, D.C.

AFGE Applauds Senate Passage of Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act of 2015

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Council of Prisons Locals (CPL) applauds the Senate's passage of the Eric Williams...

Dec 10, 2015, 08:00 ET
AFGE national leaders National Secretary-Treasurer Eugene Hudson Jr., National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices Augusta Thomas and National President J. David Cox Sr. met with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November for a presidential forum.

Nation's Largest Federal Employee Union Endorses Hillary Clinton

The American Federation of Government Employees, representing 670,000 federal and D.C. government employees throughout the nation, today announces...

Nov 20, 2015, 17:30 ET
Transportation Security Officers rally outside of the Transportation Security Administration headquarters in Arlington, VA.

TSA Officers Contract Talks Up in the Air, Says AFGE

Mired in negotiations over a renewed collective bargaining agreement, the union for Transportation Security Officers says TSA management may...

Nov 16, 2015, 13:27 ET
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HUD Programs Save Boston Families from Homelessness [VIDEO]

Diane Sullivan used to be homeless, but thanks to a Section 8 voucher she receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, she...

Nov 10, 2015, 16:00 ET
Veterans overwhelmingly oppose privatizing VA hospitals and instead want the VA to fill the more than 41,500 vacant health care positions, according to a new national survey. The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 220,000 employees throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs, says the survey results send a strong signal to Congress. "Veterans have spoken loud and clear: they believe Congress should fix the VA health care system, not dismantle it," AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.

New Poll Shows Veterans Oppose Privatizing VA Health Care

A new nationwide poll showing that veterans oppose privatizing VA hospitals and believe the VA needs more doctors and nurses should influence...

Oct 30, 2015, 08:42 ET
The two-year budget deal approved by Congress will allow federal employees to continue providing valuable services to the American public without the threat of budget cuts looming over their heads, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. says.

Two-year Budget Deal Provides Reprieve from Damaging Budget Cuts

American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement: "The two-year budget deal...

Oct 29, 2015, 11:52 ET
American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. praised passage of the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act, which will give veterans an additional 104 hours of sick leave to treat their service-connected issues during their first year of federal employment.

Helping Our Nation's Veterans: AFGE Praises Passage of Wounded Warriors Bill

Veterans will have an additional 104 hours of sick leave to treat their service-connected issues during their first year of federal employment...