Fifty-six years ago on Jan. 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order recognizing federal employee unions and institutionalizing labor-management relations. Kennedy explicitly acknowledged that “participation of employees in the formulation and implementation of personnel policies affecting them contributes to effective conduct of public business.”
This executive order was considered AFGE members’ most significant victory in that era, allowing employees to come together as one to secure a better future for their families and better serve the public. Kennedy’s order opened the doors to AFGE organizing around the nation. As a result, AFGE membership grew by 159% in the ensuing decade, enabling us to make even greater gains for workers.
President Kennedy understood the importance of unions and public service. In his inaugural speech the year before, he told the nation, “And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."
This call to action inspired a new generation of public servants and volunteers who wanted to serve and make a difference.
The day following his inauguration, President Kennedy sent a telegram to AFGE that read: "The American Federation of Government Employees has played a notable part in broadening and deepening the standards of career and merit service in our government. I look forward to working with your members as I take on my new responsibilities."
AFGE members took this commitment seriously. They went on to help build and move this country forward.
They were also energized by the recognition of their input and participation in the formulation and implementation of personnel policies. Our workplaces, for example, are a lot safer today because AFGE members keep an eye on and report any hazards that could endanger employees and the public they serve.
Here are a few examples of the important things we have gained because we come together as a union:
A 40-hour work week, specific paid holidays, paid leave, overtime pay or compensatory time off
Negotiating collectively with our employer for better working conditions such as shift bids, parking, uniforms, telework, etc.
A fair due process to make sure we are not unfairly disciplined, terminated, evaluated
Protecting ourselves against retaliation, mistreatment, or discrimination by management
Ability to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars by speaking out against waste, fraud, and abuse
AFGE is proud to represent the workforce that keeps America moving forward.
If you are a federal employee and haven’t joined AFGE, join us now and be a part of the movement that builds a government that works for all Americans and not just the rich and powerful.
AFGE LOCAL 2139 Shutdown Information
Please review the memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the link below regarding the government shutdown. Follow the instructions your supervisor gives you. If these instructions differ from those in the MOU, point it out to your supervisor but always remember to “obey first and grieve immediately thereafter”.
Please remember that we are not allowed to use Government issued computers, Government email system, Government Cell phones, and or conduct any official Government Business. Utilizing this equipment and the Government Email System, as well as conducting any Government business would be a violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act unless employees are deemed “essential”.
AFGE Family -
A number of members have received a survey via email that looks like it may have come from AFGE. The survey is not an AFGE survey and may contain a virus or contain some other harmful motive.
We highly recommend that you:
- Do not open.
- Do not complete.
- Do not forward to other members.
The scam, non-AFGE survey is sent from an anonymous email provider:
The only safe course of action is to assume that a sender who remains anonymous is either part of a "phishing" scheme, a malware attacker, or part of an anti-union organization. "Phishing" is an illegal attempt to "fish" for your private sensitive data. One of the most common phishing scams involves sending an email that fraudulently claims to be from a well-known organization (like AFGE). There have been anti-union organizations contacting union members in other unions, attempting to create turmoil and encouraging members to drop out. We advise caution.
All official AFGE communications are sent from emails ending in either "@afge.org" or "@union.afge.org." Several members who received the survey have complained about the unauthorized use of their email by the entity that sent the survey. At this time we are investigating the origin of the survey. At this moment, we have not detected indications of a technical compromise of AFGE's data base. If we determine a detection to the contrary, we will notify you immediately.
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