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Shutdown Averted as Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Bill

American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley today issued the following statement: “Congress did the right thing by passing legislation to keep the government funded through Dec. 3. Bringing federal agencies to the brink of a shutdown was, once again, a terrible waste of resources and caused unnecessary worry and distraction. So many […]

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Lack of PPE, Chronic Understaffing, and Leadership’s Mismanagement of COVID-19 Response Leads to Spike in Cases at the Veterans Affairs Dept.

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2020 – Senior leaders within theDepartment of Veterans Affairs have continued to put VA staff and veterans’ lives at risk throughout the entirety of the COVID-19 pandemic, union officials from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) said today during a press call. The union officials, who work at VA facilities across […]

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Largest Federal Employee Union Calls White House Backtrack on Pay Bump for Front-Line Feds “Demeaning, Dishonest and Cruel”

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2020 – The head of the largest federal employee union is condemning President Trump for his support of Senate Republicans’ proposal to freeze pay for front-line civilian federal workers after previously proposing a 1% increase for 2021. In November, the Republican-led Senate proposed freezing wages for civilian federal workers next year in […]

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Everett Kelley: AFGE Slams Anti-Government Rhetoric in Light of Foiled Militia Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

WASHINGTON, October 9, 2020 –In light of Thursday’s announcement of the foiled plot by a militia group to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and violently overthrow the government, the American Federation of Government Employees is speaking out. On behalf of the 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers AFGE represents nationwide and overseas, AFGE National President Everett […]

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Veterans Affairs Employee Union Launches Bill of Rights to Protect Veterans and VA Personnel from COVID-19

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2020 – The American Federation of Government Employees National Veterans Affairs Council (NVAC), which represents 260,000 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees, released a national VA Workers’ COVID-19 Bill of Rights – calling on President Trump, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, and Congress to provide increased workplace protections to ensure veteran and employee safety amidst […]

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Health and Safety Concerns of Federal Workers Ignored as Agencies Struggle with Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON March 27, 2020 – The administration’s well-documented hostility toward labor unions and workers’ rights is complicating federal efforts to respond to the coronavirus as agencies are refusing to negotiate with the largest federal employee union over how best to protect federal workers and the public they serve. Federal agencies including the Department of Veterans […]

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American Federation of Government Employees Sue the Government Over Shutdown

Washington D.C. Dec. 31, 2018 – Today, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch (KCNF DC) sued the federal government on behalf of AFGE members and federal employees being forced to work without pay.  The lawsuit alleges that the federal government is violating the law by requiring some federal […]

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Trump executive order slashing federal workforce will trigger increase in costly private contractors, AFGE Says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2017 – Donald Trump is backtracking on campaign pledges to create American jobs and cut wasteful government spending by issuing an executive order to freeze federal employee hiring across the country, which will result in more work being outsourced to more expensive contractors, the American Federation of Government Employees said today. “President […]

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