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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. 

SHUT DOWN UPDATES

September 23rd, 2016 | Posted by admin in Budget | Shutdown | Vote - (0 Comments)

Congress and the Fiscal Year Tick – Tock

the clock is tickingThere’s just a week left until the 2016 government funding runs out on Sept. 30. Members of Congress are racing against the clock to come up with a funding package to avoid a government shutdown.

Will they succeed? What does it mean to you as a federal employee? Here’s what we know:

A government shutdown is very unlikely before the elections.

Nobody wants a government shutdown. Congress is working to pass a short-term funding bill known as Continuing Resolution (CR), which would fund government agencies at the current funding levels through Dec. 9. After that, Congress will need to come up with another spending bill again to prevent a shutdown.

A short-term funding bill means no new resources.

A CR keeps the government running at the same level of funding regardless of new needs and workload. That means it will be difficult to get more funding for important medical research, for example, or to hire more people to screen air travelers or keep our skies safe.     

Your supposed 1.6% pay raise next year is not guaranteed.

President Obama requested a 1.6 percent pay raise in 2017 for both military personnel and civilian employees. If Congress does nothing, federal employees will likely get that amount. But whether Congress does nothing or not depends on who wins the election. Members of Congress have the final say on your pay. So your 1.6 percent raise is still up in the air.

Stay tuned for more information on the government funding tick tock. Visit www.afge.org for news and updates on other key issues important to federal employees.

Not a member yet? Join AFGE today and be a part of the movement that fights for your voice at work and fair compensation.

How Do I Register To Vote?

September 16th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Events | Vote - (0 Comments)

Election Date

Who can Vote in Illinois?

To register to vote, you must:

  • Must Be a United States Citizen
  • Must Be at least 18 years of age by Election Day
  • Must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
  • not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction. (Note: Ex-convicts who have completed their sentences and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois.)

ILLINOIS REGISTRATION DEADLINES: 

Registration is open year around except during the 27 day period prior to an election and during the 2 day period after each election (1 day after in Chicago).

VOTER REGISTRATION LINKS:

 

Illinois Voters

Who can vote In Indiana?

In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:
• be a citizen of the United States,
• be at least 18 years old on the day of the next general, municipal, or special election,
• have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before the next general, municipal, or special election (except for certain military voters); and
• not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.

In order to register online, you must also possess a current and valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana State identification card. The State of Indiana will use your digitized signature on-file with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles as your voter registration signature. Only the voter registration information you provide and your digitized signature will be sent to your county voter registration office upon concluding the online voter registration application process.

INDIANA REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

Registration is open all year throughout the County except during the 27 days preceding an election and reopens the second day following an election.

Under federal law, citizens may apply to register to vote by mailing in an application. When you register by mail your mail-in form must be postmarked prior to the close of registration. In addition, a person must vote for the first time in person and may not vote by mail, unless the person first provides sufficient proof of identity and the County Clerk verifies the person’s proof of identity.

LINK: Indiana Voters

 

Who can vote in Minnesota?

You must be:

You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.

You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.

Minnesota Registration Deadline: 

REGISTER ON ELECTION DAY

Link:  Voting in Minnesota

 

Who can vote in OHIO?

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO REGISTER AND TO VOTE IN OHIO?

You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:

  1. You are a citizen of the United States;
  2. You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election. (If you will be 18 on or before the general election, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18);
  3. You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote;
  4. You are not incarcerated (in prison or jail) for a felony conviction under the laws of this state, another state, or the United States;
  5. You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court; and
  6. You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violating the election laws.

You are eligible to vote in elections held in your voting precinct 30 days after you are duly registered to vote in this state. You may request an absentee ballot during that 30 day period.

Link:  Voting In Ohio

Ohio registration deadline: 

GENERAL ELECTION

Election Date: November 8, 2016

Registration Deadline: October 11, 2016

 

Who can vote in Michigan?

To register to vote in Michigan you must be:

• A resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.

• A citizen of the United States of America.

• At least 18 years of age (by election day).

• Not serving a sentence in jail or prison.

Michigan Registration Deadline: 

Must register 30 days before election to vote in that election.

Link:  Voting in Michigan

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

AFGE Local 1395 2013 Elections Results

June 21st, 2013 | Posted by admin in News | Vote - (0 Comments)
VOTE

Local 1395 Election Results from June 12, 2013:
President (1)
Agatha Joseph

Executive Vice-President (1)
Richard Sorokas

Vice-President at Large (3)
H. Justine James
Archester Neal
Eddie Smith

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Voting Leave Reminder

October 29th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Benefits | Contract | Did you know? | Vote | Your Rights - (0 Comments)

VOTING LEAVE REMINDERS
by  AFGE Local 1395

The AFGE/SSA National Agreement, Article 31, section 3D, authorizes the use of Administrative Leave to VOTE.

Don’t forget to exercise your rights on Election Day.

“The Employer will excuse employees for a reasonable time, when practicable to do so without seriously interfering with operations, to vote or register in any election or referendum on a civic matter in his/her community.

An employee will be excused from duty so as to permit him/her to report for work 3 hours after the polls open or to leave work 3 hours before the polls close, whichever results in the lesser amount of time off. Under unusual circumstances, an employee can be excused up to the full day.

The Employer will notify employees of this right at the beginning of each fiscal year and shall encourage employees to avail themselves of the right to register and vote.”

Am I registered to vote in Illinois?

October 22nd, 2012 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Vote | Web - (0 Comments)

Illinois citizens may check to see if they are registered to vote.

The link below will also give you your polling location:

http://www.elections.il.gov/votinginformation/RegistrationLookup.aspx

View the entire 2012 State by State voting schedule

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Register NOW! AND VOTE!

September 20th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Vote | Web - (0 Comments)

The Illinois Voter Registration Deadline is on TuesdayOctober 9, 2012.

Register to vote anywhere  by calling 1-866-698-6831

Cook County register to vote.
Will County register to vote.
DuPage County register to vote