AFGE filed suit Monday to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) new poultry inspection rule that replaces 25% of the current USDA-trained food safety inspectors with poultry company employees and speeds up the processing lines by 400%. AFGE President J. David Cox said:
Every AFGE member, every member of the AFL-CIO, every union member in this country is standing with the American Postal Workers. We are not shopping at Staples. We are not selling the United States mail.
The latest video in the AFGE "I Am AFGE" series introduces us to Gabrielle Martin, who works at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She details the important work the commission engages in, despite being chronically underfunded and the constant target of politically motivated budget cuts.
Spurred by the recent revelations about long waiting lists, denied critical health care for military veterans, management cover-ups and other serious problems at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and health care facilities, Senate and House leaders have agreed on veterans' health care funding and reform package.
AFGE issued a release today in support of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's (USSC's) unanimous vote on Friday to allow federal prisoners serving time for low-level drug offenses to apply for early release. Overcrowding in federal prisons has become a significant problem in recent decades. AFGE notes that federal prison incarceration levels have risen 50% since 2000, and nearly 900% since 1980, much of it relating to drug sentences. The federal prison system is overcrowded by an average of 43%, with some prisons being much higher, and this increases dangers for both correctional officers working in the prisons and inmates.
In celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, the AFL-CIO and Pride At Work hosted a panel discussion Monday that surveyed efforts by various unions in advancing LGBTQ rights and discussed ongoing challenges that unions face in advancing the rights of LGBTQ workers. In particular, panel participants talked about the need of unions to become more inclusive, to increase efforts to protect transgender workers and to fight for state laws that prevent employers from firing workers for their sexual orientation or gender expression.
The recent revelations of long waiting lists for military veterans seeking treatment at Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities and of management cover-ups has prompted AFGE to again call on Congress to fully staff the VA in order to provide the health care veterans deserve.
There's been lots of debate and discussion lately about how to shore up Social Security for future generations. But already there are dramatic changes underway that threaten to end Social Security as we know it—yet almost no one has even heard of it.
The plan is called Vision 2025, and every working American has a stake in it.
After a North Carolina judge struck down the “imminent disturbance” gag rule aimed at silencing Moral Monday demonstrators, more than 1,000 rallied for workers’ rights at the state Capitol yesterday evening. Several hundred, led by North Carolina union members, marched into the building loudly chanting and singing their demands that the legislature roll back its extremist measures that have attacked voting rights, education, the environment, unemployed workers, health care and women's rights.
Paul Ferris is the president of AFGE Local 2516 in El Paso, Texas. He and the other members of his unit work at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, treating active duty service members who are between tours of duty or preparing to go overseas. The latest episode of the "I Am AFGE" video series takes a look at the work Paul and his fellow AFGE members do on behalf of our troops.