To Do For All That Which No One Can Do For Oneself

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Many of us will celebrate Independence Day with a barbecue. We can keep the red, white and blue in the holiday with this made-in-America, union label backyard barbecue checklist, compiled from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), the LA Labor 411’s website, Union Plus and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

Be sure to check AFL-CIO for more made-in-America, union product spotlights.

Picnic Supplies

Weber Q series grill, coolers by Igloo and Rubbermaid, red Solo cups and don’t forget the sunscreen by Coppertone and Bain de Soleil.

Hot Dogs, Sausages and Other Grill Meats

Ball Park, Boar’s Head, Dearborn Sausage Co., Fischer Meats, Hebrew National, Hofmann, Johnsonville, Oscar Mayer.

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20th Annual Great America Trip

Saturday, July 25, 2015



  $40.00 Park Admission, Limit 5  tickets                           ($66.99 value)

 Includes:    FREE Meal (3:30 – 5:00)                                 ($25.00 value)

 Includes:    FREE Hurricane Harbor                                   ($5.00 value)

 Includes:    FREE Summer Thrill Pass- park return thru 9/12 ($66.99 value)

                     Options: upgrade Thrill Pass to FULL Season pass- cost $15.00 at park

                    (Upgrade Includes Hurricane Harbor & Fright Fest)


Show Me The Money!

June 24th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Budget | Did you know? | Settlements - (0 Comments)
Show Me the Money!

Show Me the Money!

On April 1, 2014 the AFGE SSA General Committee filed a grievance (GM UMG 14-01). The issue was the disparate impact of the Agency’s  application of the PACS appraisal system against minority and disabled employees, as evidenced by the distribution of ratings in FY 2013 appraisals to AFGE bargaining unit employees.

The Union’s review of the data reveled that minority and disabled employees received a disproportionately lower share of “Outstanding (5)” appraisals than non-minority and non-disabled employees.


AFGE responds to OPM Data Breach

June 19th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Cybersecurity | Web - (0 Comments)
Binary matrix with glowing security lock

Binary matrix with glowing security lock

AFGE National President, J. David Cox sends a letter directed to the head of OPM regarding the OPM breach.





Read entire letter here: Honorable Archuleta Letter – June 18, 2015

Pay Cut? NO WAY!

June 16th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Budget | News | Web - (0 Comments)
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Can your family lose 5 months groceries?

Congress has once again targeted government employees to pay for their irresponsible policies by passing a budget resolution that cuts your pay by 12 percent. AFGE swiftly mobilized its members into action.

Through our nationwide campaign, we’re telling Congress “No Way” to more cuts to our paychecks.

AFGE has created an online Budget Action Center to deliver tools that our members need to lobby Congress to kill this disastrous budget deal. By visiting, members can send letters to their members of Congress, tell their communities how a pay cut would impact them and share content on social media that shows their friends and family what a 12 percent pay cut means to them.


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newsIn a letter to Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta, J. David Cox, Sr., the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said that AFGE believes that hackers are now in possession of all personnel data on every federal employee.

Cox sent the letter to OPM today and the union is basing its conclusion on information that OPM has released. Additionally, Cox said that he believes that the Social Security numbers that were compromised were not encrypted, something he called “absolutely indefensible and outrageous.”


Allen Kaplan spent years fighting for Federal workers and their rights. At different times he was the National Vice-President of District 7, the National Sectretary Treasurer of AFGE, and a longtime organizer. Allen Kaplan passed away March 31 at the Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL. I knew Al since the 1970’s, and learned much from him. I will be thinking about him and his family, and he will be missed by all of us in AFGE.

A memorial lunch will be held at Noon on Sunday May 24th at 2605 Bob-O-Link Lane in Northbrook, IL 60062. You can download a flier for the event here. You can RSVP at 847-275-5758.

Condolences may be sent to:
Mr. Paul Kaplan
7540 Cinnabar Terrance
Gaithersburg, MD 20879


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Dorothy James
National Vice President
AFGE District 7


Save the Date!!!
Saturday, July 25, 2015
(Members Only)

Discounted Park AdmissionTickets
FREE THRILL PASS–(Unlimited return visits thru 9/7/15)

Haymarket and May Day

May 1st, 2015 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Solidarity | Web - (0 Comments)

maydaymapOn May 1, 1886, Chicago unionists, reformers, socialists, anarchists, and ordinary workers combined to make the city the center of the national movement for an eight-hour day. Between April 25 and May 4, workers attended scores of meetings and paraded through the streets at least 19 times. On Saturday, May 1, 35,000 workers walked off their jobs. Tens of thousands more, both skilled and unskilled, joined them on May 3 and 4. Crowds traveled from workplace to workplace urging fellow workers to strike. Many now adopted the radical demand of eight hours’ work for ten hours’ pay. Police clashed with strikers at least a dozen times, three with shootings.

At the McCormick reaper plant, a long-simmering strike erupted in violence on May 3, and police fired at strikers, killing at least two. Anarchists called a protest meeting at the West Randolph Street Haymarket, advertising it in inflammatory leaflets, one of which called for “Revenge!”

The crowd gathered on the evening of May 4 on Des Plaines Street, just north of Randolph, was peaceful, and Mayor Carter H. Harrison, who attended, instructed police not to disturb the meeting. But when one speaker urged the dwindling crowd to “throttle” the law, 176 officers under Inspector John Bonfield marched to the meeting and ordered it to disperse.

Then someone hurled a bomb at the police, killing one officer instantly. Police drew guns, firing wildly. Sixty officers were injured, and eight died; an undetermined number of the crowd were killed or wounded.


union_solidarityText “AFGE” to 225568 and start receiving text alerts to the attacks on federal government employees by Congress to cut their pay and benefits all why passing tax cuts to the top 1% and corporations. Federal employees have already contributed over $159 Billion in deficit reductions with reduced and frozen pay over the last 6 years.

Enough is enough, and we need to demand that Congress stop using federal employees as the easy target.

Call, write and visit your Congressional representative and tell them “Hell No” to any further cuts on our pay and benefits.