To Do For All That Which No One Can Do For Oneself


April 20th, 2016 | Posted by admin in News | Political | Your Rights - (0 Comments)

CALL NOWMembers,

Right now, Congress is reviewing a proposal to eliminate every federal employee’s most basic rights on the job. If this becomes law, you will have almost no recourse to contest a wrongful termination or suspension.

We need you to call 888-775-3148 NOW and tell Congress: oppose any version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes provisions to take away civil servants’ rights!

Here’s what you can do right now to protect your rights:

  1. Call 888-775-3148 and enter your zip code to be connected to your lawmaker.
  2. When you’re connected to your lawmaker, tell them this:
    Hi, My name is _________ and I’m a federal employee from (name of town). There is a version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would take away my right to use the grievance and arbitration process to resolve wrongful suspensions and terminations. If that happens, my only choice would be to file a complaint with the Merit Systems Protection Board, which could take longer and cost taxpayers more money. This is nothing more than an effort to gut my rights as a federal worker
    . Please oppose any version of the NDAA that includes these harmful provisions.

Tell Congress: My rights are NOT negotiable! Call 888-775-3148 NOW

NOTE: Don’t Call from your Government Telephone or during your Work day. 

In solidarity,

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
Know Your Contract

Know Your Contract

Well it is almost time for your FY 2015 final rating and just in case you did not know you have the option of “tooting-your-own-horn”.   Sometimes your manager might not remember all the things you have done over the last twelve (12) months, so why not remind them…

Our AFGE/SSA National Agreement states:

Article 21, Section 6. G –Optional Employee Self-Assessment

“Employees will be provided the option of completing an end-of-cycle self-assessment, highlighting their accomplishments relating to the performance plan.  Employees, who wish to submit a self-assessment,must do so no later than 10 days after the end of their appraisal period.  A reasonable amount of time will be provided for this activity.  Self-assessments should be maintained in the SSA-7B Extension File or electronic equivalent.  Management will inform employees of the above self-assessment option fifteen (15) days prior to the end of the appraisal period.”

Deadline: Saturday October 10, 2015, if your appraisal year ends 9/30/2015

NOTE: All appraisals will not end on 09/30/2015.

AFGE Local 1395 would like to remind our members of our MOU with the agency concerning  Religious Compensation:

Employees must repay advanced Religious Compensatory Time (RCT) before the end of the prescribed time frame, normally within eight (8) pay periods after the time is used.
When employees do not have eight (8) pay periods in advance of the approved time off, supervisors will grant employees 10 pay periods following the time off to repay the time. Supervisors will change any leave not repaid by the expiration date first to annual leave.
Click below to read the entire MOU:


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Voting Leave Reminder

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

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.”

Leave Counseling!!

August 13th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Contract | Your Rights - (2 Comments)

Have you been leave counseled?


Sick Leave counseling should be for a leave PATTERN per Article 31 of the AFGE/SSA National Agreement below. A pattern is when you continually do the same thing, i.e. calling in sick every Monday. A pattern is not using all of your leave when you are sick. The agency should not be counseling on your leave BALANCE.


AFGE Contract Agreement

July 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Benefits | Contract | News | Web | Your Rights - (0 Comments)

newsThe Social Security Administration and its largest union, the American Federation of Government Employees, have signed off on a final contract, capping more than two years of tough negotiations.


QuestionThe Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), states that your time in PAID Leave status counts as “Hours of Work”. So if you have 8 hours of Annual Leave you have a sufficient number of hours to work overtime.

5CFR 551.401 Hours of Work
5CFR 551.501 Overtime Pay

NOTE: However, you can only work Credit Hours after you have worked an 8 hour day.

MOU for Awards in FY 2012

June 25th, 2012 | Posted by admin in News | Your Rights - (0 Comments)



This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is entered into jointly by and between the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) General Committee, and the Social Security Administration (Agency), and collectively referred to as Parties.


The purpose of this MOU is to address all issues relating to the Agency’s decision to pay monetary awards in FY 2012 to AFGE bargaining unit employees.