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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.

Dec 2014 AFGE Leader

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

 

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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

Voter Registration Info

September 24th, 2014 | Posted by admin in News | Vote - (0 Comments)

October 7, 2014 is the deadline to register to vote or update your registration in time to vote at the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election.

Methods of Registration

City of Chicago residents can get voter registration info at http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=170

Cook Countyhttp://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/Pages/default.aspx

DuPage countyhttp://www.dupageco.org/Election/Voters/37059/

Lake countyhttp://countyclerk.lakecountyil.gov/ElectionInfo/Voter-Services/Pages/Voter-Registration.aspx

Will countyhttp://www.thewillcountyclerk.com/connect/site/index.jsp?menuItemId=75

Kane countyhttp://www.kanecountyelections.org/VoterRegistration/registration.asp

In Memory…

September 11th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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Happy Labor Day!

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by admin in Holidays | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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The Social Security Administration has closed 80 field offices in the past few years, and it has big plans for closing even more. Click to download a shocking graph of closures: Graph of Office Closings FY-10-14

In-person service is critical to ensuring complex questions are answered and that customers receive the benefits they earned. That’s why over 43 million Americans visited SSA field offices last year. Do your part to stop office closures – write your members of Congress today!

Click here for the AFGE Petition.