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union_solidarityCapping subsidies to contract employees would offset significant fraction of sequestration

Lawmakers desperately looking for ways to offset the devastating budget cuts required under sequestration should consider capping taxpayer subsidies for contractor salaries, the head of the American Federation of Government Employees said today.

Allowing agencies to fall off the fiscal cliff by failing to stop sequestration would drastically hinder their ability to continue providing vital services to the American people, AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. (more…)

Congressional Art Contest

January 11th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Art | Did you know? - (0 Comments)

artEach spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 4th District. The over-all winner of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other winners nation-wide. (more…)

U of I Labor Education Classes in Chicago

January 11th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Training - (0 Comments)

trainingThe University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations recently announced the following schedule of upcoming classes in Chicago for union members.





Union Plus Scholarship

January 10th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Benefits | Did you know? | Web - (0 Comments)

World Wide WebThe Union Plus Scholarship Difference

Helping union members and their children attend college. For the past 20 years, Union Plus has distributed over 3.4 million scholarship dollars to working families.

Apply online for the 2013 Union Plus Scholarship here.

To receive mobile text alerts about education-related deadlines and information, text STUDENT to 22555.

Visit the Union Plus College Planning Center to find the right college, learn about paying for it, and much more.

World Wide WebThe American Federation of Government Employees congratulates Michael Huerta on his recent confirmation to lead the Federal Aviation Administration. The 112th Congress confirmed Huerta on Jan. 1, just before the congressional session expired.
Huerta has served as FAA’s Acting Administrator since December 2011. During this time, he has successfully managed FAA’s workforce of 47,000 employees during a trying period of budget shortfalls and hiring freezes.


If your student loan debt is high relative to your income, you may qualify for the Income-Based Repayment Plan (IBR).

Most major types of federal student loans—except for PLUS loans for parents and Consolidation Loans that repaid PLUS loans for parents—are eligible for IBR.
Income-Based Repayment (IBR) is designed to reduce monthly payments to assist with making your student loan debt manageable. If you need to make lower monthly payments, this plan may be for you. (more…)

World Wide Web The federal government’s civilian employees have worked under a salary freeze for about two years, but their incomes will begin to rise after March 27 unless Congress acts to once again halt their salary increases.

Lawmakers are expected to take up the matter in coming months as they address the debt limit and the automatic spending cuts delayed under a “fiscal cliff” deal that President Barack Obama signed Wednesday.