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Don’t skip your opportunity to “Join this lawsuit” if you were an essential employee required to work during the shutdown with delayed pay.

Notice_of_Lawsuit_Against_United_States [PDF attachment] , or click on the link www.shutdownlawsuit.com
Open the website and click on “join the case” Enter all contact your information to be included.

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Click below to Read the Final Settlement Agreement between AFGE and Social Security Administration.

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AFGE Local 1395 would like to remind our members of our MOU with the agency concerning  Religious Compensation:

Employees must repay advanced Religious Compensatory Time (RCT) before the end of the prescribed time frame, normally within eight (8) pay periods after the time is used.
When employees do not have eight (8) pay periods in advance of the approved time off, supervisors will grant employees 10 pay periods following the time off to repay the time. Supervisors will change any leave not repaid by the expiration date first to annual leave.
Click below to read the entire MOU:
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It’s a sad day for labor. Right to Work has passed out of both Chambers and is now headed to the Governor’s desk who is likely to sign it on Monday. The most appalling thing is how this state legislature has treated its citizens during this process (not that we didn’t see this behavior in 2011). Yesterday just minutes after debate began on the House floor, Speaker Robin Vos ordered the chambers cleared, kicking out hundreds of citizens from around the state who had come to witness the debate. We saw similar actions in the State Senate.

Union website blocked by VA’s internet system

February 27th, 2015 | Posted by admin in News | Web - (0 Comments)
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The day after the union representing workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs St. Petersburg Regional Office used its website to announce plans for a protest against management, the VA’s internet system blocked access to the site.

Union officials wonder if they are being targeted and their efforts to organize hampered. But regional office officials say they have no control over website access and that the VA’s national internet system routinely scours websites looking for certain keywords that can place a website on a “non-trusted” status. National VA officials say they are aware of the problem and as of late Thursday afternoon appeared to have fixed it.

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coxLawmakers from both parties addressing unionized federal employees at a conference Monday pledged more support and respect for the civil service, but the union itself promised to “whoop [the] ass” of Congress if it stood in the group’s way.

At its annual legislative gathering, the American Federation of Government Employees vowed to combat any congressional efforts to shrink the federal workforce, cut pay and benefits or weaken unions. While Congress has succeeded in slashing agency rolls and freezing pay, union leaders said, those actions have better positioned the union to prevent similar efforts in the future.

Every time the “fools” in Congress try to hurt the federal workforce, said AFGE National President J. David Cox in a passionate address to his members, “We get bigger. We get stronger and we fight harder.”

He added: “We are a force to be reckoned with and we are a force that will open up the biggest can of whoop ass on anyone” who votes against the union’s interests.

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Happy New Year from AFGE Local 1395!

December 30th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

 

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The labor movement helped to secure the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security,  Medicare and retirement plans.

May the New Year bring us Hope and Courage!

 

 

 

 

Unfavorable Congressional Changes to Come

December 29th, 2014 | Posted by admin in News - (0 Comments)

The December 2014 issue of The AFGE Leader newsletter warns about upcoming Congressional changes.  AFGE Local 1395 needs your help in organizing, engaging, and preparing to fight back.

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A complete and comprehensive estate plan includes properly filled out beneficiary designation forms. Federal benefits expert, Ed Zurndorfer, discusses what federal employees need to consider in avoiding the biggest mistakes in making their beneficiary designations.

Click link to read more
http://www.myfederalretirement.com/public/1305.cfm

 

Re-posted from My Federal Retirement
http://www.myfederalretirement.com/public/196.cfm
 

Over two million union members and retirees are veterans — the heart and the backbone of America.

 

Union Plus now offers the new Union Plus Mortgage Veterans Grant to provide qualified union member veterans with a $1,000 grant that never needs to be repaid to help offset the costs of a down payment.

To be eligible for a grant, members must meet the following qualifications:

Finance their mortgage of their primary residence through the Union Plus Mortgage program on or after November 1, 2014

Be an active or retired union member of a participating union

Be a veteran of the United States Armed Services