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2018 Budget

Tell Your Lawmaker: Vote No on H.R. 1461

H.R. 1461 impacts federal workers’ workplace rights’. If passed, the bill will effectively eliminate official time for all federal employees and cut retirement benefits for employee representatives. This bill will be voted on soon. 

  • D.C. Office: 1-855-976-5397
  • District Office: 1-855-974-4792
  • Click here to email your lawmaker

When the Representative’s office answers, tell them this:

“Hello, my name is _____, and I’m a member of the American Federation of Government Employees from [Your City, State]. Please tell the Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1461. This bill does nothing to improve government. It is simply an attack my rights at work and my ability to provide quality service for the people I’m proud to serve. Thank you.” 

Call on your lunch and use your cell phone.

Don’t call on duty time or with a government telephone. 



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











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.


Donald Cohen
Executive Director


May 5th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Events | News | Solidarity - (0 Comments)

The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’
Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is on

Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Food Drive
The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the nation’s largest one-day, providing letter carriers, other postal employees and thousands of volunteers across the nation the opportunity to meld their forces together to conduct the drive in their local communities.

“Letter carriers touch every residential and business address in this country at least six days a week,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and our continued effort in the fight against hunger—often in our own neighborhoods—has made us all too familiar with the staggering numbers of people in need.”

The availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire such food, is limited or uncertain for 1 in 6 Americans, many of whom are in households with at least one person working.

Last year’s drive collected approximately 71 million pounds of non-perishable food that was left in bags next to postal customers’ mailboxes. It was the 12th consecutive year that letter carriers have collected more than 70 million pounds of food, and it brought the drive’s grand total to more than 1.4 billion pounds of food collected.

The drive is held each year on the second Saturday in May, and so Saturday, May 14, has for months been circled on the calendars of hunger-relief advocates who have watched as food supplies collected during winter holiday drives dwindle day by day. The drive also comes just before many school systems end their academic years, and that often can mean a suspension in subsidized meals for many students.

The food drive’s national partners are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO and Valassis.stamp-out-hunger-

Your Letter Carrier will collect non-perishable food left on your porch.


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!

Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979.

Through our magazine, website, books, conferences, and workshops, we promote organizing, aggressive strategies to fight concessions, alliances with workers’ centers, and unions that are run by their members.

Labor Notes Conferences just keep getting better. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store in 2016.

For a glimpse at the variety of troublemakers you’ll meet, check out our 2015 Year in Review and consider just a few of the inspiring stories of grassroots resistance we’ve recently highlighted:
* Auto workers and carhaulers organizing to vote down concessionary contracts.
* Farmworkers striking for $15 an hour.
* Verizon retirees blocking trucks to defend their health care.
* Chicago high school students winning back their school librarian’s job by walking out and sitting in

Labor Day Celebration in Chicago

September 2nd, 2015 | Posted by admin in Events | Holidays | Solidarity - (0 Comments)

Celebrate Labor Day in Pullman National Monument!

Enjoy food, music, history and family fun.


Celebrate Labor Day

Labor Day Event



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.