AFGE says the 1.9% increase ‘isn’t enough,’ and that federal workers deserve pay parity
Text “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.
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
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 www.afge.org/BudgetActionCenter, 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.
In 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.”
On 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.
AFGE Local 1395 is growing!
Richard Sorokas, Local 1395 Executive Vice President receives award from National Vice President -7th District, Dorothy James.
The day after the union representing workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs St. Petersburg Regional Office used its website to announce plans for a protest against management, the VA’s internet system blocked access to the site.
Union officials wonder if they are being targeted and their efforts to organize hampered. But regional office officials say they have no control over website access and that the VA’s national internet system routinely scours websites looking for certain keywords that can place a website on a “non-trusted” status. National VA officials say they are aware of the problem and as of late Thursday afternoon appeared to have fixed it.