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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.

 

AFGE responds to OPM Data Breach

June 19th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Cybersecurity | Web - (0 Comments)
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Binary matrix with glowing security lock

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

Pay Cut? NO WAY!

June 16th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Budget | News | Web - (0 Comments)
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Can your family lose 5 months groceries?

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.

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newsIn 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.”
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Haymarket and May Day

May 1st, 2015 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Solidarity | Web - (0 Comments)

maydaymapOn 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.

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AFGE Local 1395 is growing!

In 2014 AFGE Local 1395 took 1st place for the highest membership increase in 2014. The 7th District covers three (3) states, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconson.

 

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Richard Sorokas, Local 1395  Executive Vice President receives award from National Vice President -7th District, Dorothy James.

Don’t skip your opportunity to “Join this lawsuit” if you were an essential employee required to work during the shutdown with delayed pay.

Notice_of_Lawsuit_Against_United_States [PDF attachment] , or click on the link www.shutdownlawsuit.com
Open the website and click on “join the case” Enter all contact your information to be included.

Brothers and Sisters,
It’s a sad day for labor. Right to Work has passed out of both Chambers and is now headed to the Governor’s desk who is likely to sign it on Monday. The most appalling thing is how this state legislature has treated its citizens during this process (not that we didn’t see this behavior in 2011). Yesterday just minutes after debate began on the House floor, Speaker Robin Vos ordered the chambers cleared, kicking out hundreds of citizens from around the state who had come to witness the debate. We saw similar actions in the State Senate.

Union website blocked by VA’s internet system

February 27th, 2015 | Posted by admin in News | Web - (0 Comments)

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.

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coxLawmakers from both parties addressing unionized federal employees at a conference Monday pledged more support and respect for the civil service, but the union itself promised to “whoop [the] ass” of Congress if it stood in the group’s way.

At its annual legislative gathering, the American Federation of Government Employees vowed to combat any congressional efforts to shrink the federal workforce, cut pay and benefits or weaken unions. While Congress has succeeded in slashing agency rolls and freezing pay, union leaders said, those actions have better positioned the union to prevent similar efforts in the future.

Every time the “fools” in Congress try to hurt the federal workforce, said AFGE National President J. David Cox in a passionate address to his members, “We get bigger. We get stronger and we fight harder.”

He added: “We are a force to be reckoned with and we are a force that will open up the biggest can of whoop ass on anyone” who votes against the union’s interests.

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