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Now is an important time to be an AFGE member, and we’re not alone in thinking so!   

At the end of January, AFGE welcomed 1,138 new members to our union family. That puts us at 311,180 members, another record high!    

With every new member at AFGE, our voice gets louder and we strengthen our position at the negotiating table – whether that table’s in Congress, at the White House, in our communities, or at the agency you work at.    

“This is a continued testament to the growing strength of our movement,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “I am so grateful to each and every one of you for helping to grow AFGE and help our membership every day.”     

Are you an AFGE member?    

If you’re not, join now. If you are already a member, ask your co-workers to join AFGE now

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Give Congress the Boot

Stay Connected With AFGE

January 13th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | News | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

UPDATES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS! STAY CONNECTED

 

AFGE will keep you connected on upcoming Legislative Agenda. 

Text “AFGE” to 225568 and start receiving text alerts to the attacks on federal government employees by Congress.

We’re just now out of the first week of January, and we’re already seeing attacks on federal workers rolling in at an unprecedented pace. If something isn’t done soon, working people may soon have little to no rights at work, no representation, and be open to losing their job at the whim of a politician. 

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

Sign up today and Stay Informed. 

 

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WE HAVE THE PICTURES TO PROVE IT!

 

1. We had Gifts!

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2. We had a 50/50 Raffle with our

 

Legislative and Political Organizer Sara Kuntzler!

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4. We had entertainment!

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5. As requested by D.J. We posted Selfies to #local1395

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6. We partied hard!!

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Hope to see you Next Year! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Judge blocks Election Day registration at Illinois polling places

A Labor Day Message from In the Public Interest:

With Labor Day around the corner, we’re taking a moment to say “thank you” to the workers who keep American government running.

A few come to mind: teachers, bus drivers, 911 dispatchers, sanitation workers, social workers, public health nurses, school cafeteria workers, postal clerks and letter carriers, firefighters, probation officers, park maintenance workers, national park rangers, civil and environmental engineers, librarians, highway workers, school crossing guards, childcare workers, and home health aides.

If we missed any, let us know. And please pass this note along to the public sector workers you’re close with—they should know we’ve got their backs.

Day in and day out, these workers make tireless contributions to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our nation. From small towns to big cities, they’re the glue that holds our schools, public transit, infrastructure, and communities together.

Let’s all make an effort to thank them for their work.

And on behalf of millions of public sector workers around the country, thank you for supporting In the Public Interest.

Sincerely,

Donald Cohen
Executive Director

CFL Labor Day 2016

August 30th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Labor Day at Pullman

For information and RSVP, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/154234048353231/

Unless we have pictures!

AFGE Members & Family enjoyed the the 21st Annual Picnic at Great America on July 30, 2016 IMG_1616[1]IMG_1617[1]IMG_1651[1]IMG_1652[1]IMG_1650[1]
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Six ways the agency, its employees, and the American people will be hurt if they get their way:

1. A 10-day furlough of all SSA employees

2. An agency-wide hiring freeze

3. A reduction in local office hours

4. Permanent closing of many field offices

5. Increases in wait times on the national 1-800 number and field offices

6. An increase in processing time for benefits

 

On every paycheck you earn, you’re made a promise. The money deducted for Social Security is a promise that protects us all against the risk of lost income for our family in the event of the disability or death of a breadwinner, and in retirement. Social Security isn’t just a promise from the U.S. Government – it’s a commitment we’ve made to each other.

Social Security helps everyone, from the retirees who receive benefits after decades of hard work, to millions of children who depend on it to survive. In 2014, 3.2 million American kids directly received Social Security benefits, mostly as the result of a parent passing away. It also serves as a lifeline to the 10 million workers who are too injured to work, or disabled.

LINK: More information

 

DID YOU GET THIS NOTICE ABOUT YOUR FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT?

On March 1, 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) awarded the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) contract to WageWorkEOBs, Inc.  Effective Thursday, September 1, 2016, the FSAFEDS program will transition administration from ADP to WageWorks.  The current phone number, fax number, and website (www.FSAFEDS.com) will continue to be used, once WageWorks assumes administration of FSAFEDS. 

There will, however, be a blackout period, as part of the transition of contractors, when certain services are not accessible or available.

 Below are the blackout dates for specific FSAFEDS services:

Claims Submission

·The claims submission blackout period begins on Saturday, July 30, 2016 and ends Thursday, September 1, 2016.  This means that no claims can be submitted during this period.

· Participants must submit any eligible claims electronically by 4:00 p.m. eastern time on Friday, July 29, 2016.  If submitted by mail, then claims must be postmarked by Wednesday, July 20, 2016, to be processed prior to the start of the blackout period.

· All approved claims submitted by these deadlines will be paid by Monday, August 8, 2016.

· Any eligible claims that are not submitted prior to these deadlines – and claims for any expenses you incur during the blackout period – can be submitted beginning Thursday, September 1, 2016.

· Paperless reimbursement claims will be suspended on Friday, July 29, 2016 as well, and processing of these claims will resume on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Website & Phone Line

·  The website and phone line will transition between Friday, August 26, 2016 and Thursday, September 1, 2016.

· The website, for general research, will not be available between Friday, August 26, 2016 and Thursday, September 1, 2016.

· During the phone line transition from Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. eastern time to Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. eastern time, employees will not be able to reach a representative and will receive a prerecorded message.

·  Participants also cannot access their online accounts during the transition period of 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Friday, August 26, 2016 to 9:00 a.m. eastern time on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Fax Number

· The same fax number will be used by WageWorks; however, the fax number should not be used during the transition period of Saturday, July 30, 2016 to Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Plan-year dates, election amount, and available balance will remain the same.

Participants will receive additional information and/or reminders over the next few months from FSAFEDS.

FSAFEDS will also communicate if any of the above dates will change.

Questions regarding FSAFEDS, including this transition, can be directed to FSAFEDS at (877) 372-3337 orFSAFEDS@ADP.com.