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The Federal Government established the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program on August 29, 1954. It is the largest group life insurance program in the world, covering over 4 million Federal employees and retirees, as well as many of their family members.

Most employees are eligible for FEGLI coverage. FEGLI provides group term life insurance. As such, it does not build up any cash value or paid-up value. It consists of Basic life insurance coverage and three options.

In most cases, if you are a new Federal employee, you are automatically covered by Basic life insurance and your payroll office deducts premiums from your paycheck unless you waive the coverage. In addition to the Basic, there are three forms of Optional insurance you can elect. You must have Basic insurance in order to elect any of the options. Unlike Basic, enrollment in Optional insurance is not automatic — you must take action to elect the options.

The cost of Basic insurance is shared between you and the Government. You pay 2/3 of the total cost and the Government pays 1/3. Your age does not affect the cost of Basic insurance. You pay the full cost of Optional insurance, and the cost depends on your age.

The Office of Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI), which is a private entity that has a contract with the Federal Government, processes and pays claims under the FEGLI Program.

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You’ve Got Mail!

April 26th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | New Address - (0 Comments)

Haven’t Heard From Us In A While?Updates

There’s probably a reason for that.  And that reason could be an outdated address, email address, telephone number, or all of the above. That’s why we designated every January as AFGE’s Data Update Month. After reaching an important milestone of 300,000 members in 2015, we have been working to make sure that we have the most accurate contact information for everyone. AFGE thanks our members and leaders who took the time to update your information.

Here are the results:

Phone numbers: 13,529 people updated their phone number, for a 709% increase over the monthly average.

Addresses: 4,521 people updated their addresses in June for 109% increase. Email: 11,010 people entered a new email or updated their existing email, for a 74% increase over normal monthly activity.

Government Standard: 1,000 people opted for electronic Government Standard. If you haven’t updated your individual and/or local information, please do so today at  Updates.

Link:  The Government Standard

 

CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN

April 20th, 2016 | Posted by admin in News | Political | Your Rights - (0 Comments)

CALL NOWMembers,

Right now, Congress is reviewing a proposal to eliminate every federal employee’s most basic rights on the job. If this becomes law, you will have almost no recourse to contest a wrongful termination or suspension.

We need you to call 888-775-3148 NOW and tell Congress: oppose any version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes provisions to take away civil servants’ rights!

Here’s what you can do right now to protect your rights:

  1. Call 888-775-3148 and enter your zip code to be connected to your lawmaker.
  2. When you’re connected to your lawmaker, tell them this:
    Hi, My name is _________ and I’m a federal employee from (name of town). There is a version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would take away my right to use the grievance and arbitration process to resolve wrongful suspensions and terminations. If that happens, my only choice would be to file a complaint with the Merit Systems Protection Board, which could take longer and cost taxpayers more money. This is nothing more than an effort to gut my rights as a federal worker
    . Please oppose any version of the NDAA that includes these harmful provisions.

Tell Congress: My rights are NOT negotiable! Call 888-775-3148 NOW

NOTE: Don’t Call from your Government Telephone or during your Work day. 

In solidarity,
AFGE

Buying A Home

April 18th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Benefits | Did you know? | News - (0 Comments)
Home Sweet HomeThe Union Plus® Mortgage program, with financing available through Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, can help you purchase a home while also receiving special benefits by virtue of your union membership.

For qualifying members, exclusive benefits include a $500 My Mortgage GiftSM award1 from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and, from Union Plus, special hardship assistance and the opportunity to earn a $500 First-Time Home Award.

New! $1,000 Mortgage Veterans Grant program for union members who’ve served in the U.S. armed forces.

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SAVE THE DATE!

April 17th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Benefits | Great America Trip | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

22nd Annual Great America Trip/Picnic

July 30, 2016

GREAT AMERICA

GREAT AMERICA

 

 

Watch for more information on Ticket Cost!

 

International Workers Day May 1st

April 1st, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Rally | Solidarity - (0 Comments)

Dear Chicago Federation of Labor Affiliates

May Day, also known as International Workers Day, is a celebration of workers that takes places all across the world. Join the Chicago Federation of Labor, Illinois Labor History Society and Jobs with Justice at the site where it all began as we continue the fight for workers’ rights.  

 Sunday, May 1, 2016

Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Haymarket Memorial

Corner of DesPlaines Street & Randolph Street

The event will feature speakers, live music and international delegates from the World Federation of Trade Unions.

Chicago’s April 1 Day of Action

March 28th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | News | Solidarity - (0 Comments)

Chicago March Photo from CTU

Join students, teachers, workers, and all those who thirst for justice.

Multiple events at multiple city locations are planned. Click here for details and updates on Facebook!

T here was good news and not-so-good news regarding the pay raise for 2016. The good news was that for the first time in six years, we finally got an increase in locality pay. In addition to a 1% across-the-board nationwide adjustment, federal employees will receive a locality increase between 0.1% and 0.6% depending on where they work.

Thirteen new localities were added this year, and all will receive slightly more than they would have if they’d remained in the Rest of U.S. locality. None of the locality increases was large. Only 0.3% of payroll was devoted to locality increases.

But the expansion of the number of localities to 13 additional areas was a tremendous achievement. Even though those localities got extremely small locality increases this year, it is important to recognize that they’re now “in the game” and eligible for bigger increases in the future. The not-so-good news was the size of the overall raise. At 1.3%, it is nowhere near enough to make up lost ground for five years of near-zero pay adjustments. The average pay gap between the public and private sectors is 35%, and despite a law instructing Congress to close that gap, small pay adjustments have grown that gap rather than shrink it. It will be up to AFGE members to mobilize support for bigger and better pay raises in the future.

The not-so-good news was the size of the overall raise. At 1.3%, it is nowhere near enough to make up lost ground for five years of near-zero pay adjustments. The average pay gap between the public and private sectors is 35%, and despite a law instructing Congress to close that gap, small pay adjustments have grown that gap rather than shrink it. It will be up to AFGE members to mobilize support for bigger and better pay raises in the future.

 

Wear RED!

February 1st, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

National Wear Red

 

February is Health Month

Heart Disease is the 

#1 Killer of Women

Wear Red February 5th

AFGE IS LOOKING FOR YOU!

January 27th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? - (0 Comments)

Dear Members:

The delegates at the 40th National Convention last August voted to make January “Data Update Month.” That’s why we’re asking every member of the AFGE family to update their contact information so we can reach you when you’re needed most.

Visit www.afge.org/update and take one minute update your contact information today.

The deadline for updating your information is January 31st, so don’t delay. Write us at comments@afge.org if you have any questions or want assistance with updating your profile.

Thank you for being a member of AFGE!

In solidarity,
AFGE

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