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Inside Government

Fridays, 10:00 a.m.

Inside Government is produced by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). The program features interviews and commentary on a wide range of subjects that impact the lives and livelihoods of federal and D.C. government workers and the general public, and features lawmakers, journalists, union leaders, celebrities and more.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen addresses voter protection issues - April 13, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., addresses voter protection concerns ahead of the 2012 election season, and Alliance for American Manufacturing Executive Director Scott Paul discusses job creation and the state of U.S. manufacturing. Also, Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack discusses health care reform.

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 02:22am EDT
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Congressional roundtable discusses health care reform - April 6th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" U.S. Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and Donna Christensen, D-Virgin Islands, discuss health care reform in the U.S. as the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, Common Cause President and CEO and former Rep. Bob Edgar, D-Pa., and Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative President Vinny DeMarco also join the discussion.

Wednesday - 04/04/2012, 08:05pm EDT
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Rep. Gerry Connolly weighs in on constitutionality of health care law - March 30, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government," Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) discusses the constitutionality of the individual mandate and other provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Center for American Progress Action Fund President and CEO Tom Perriello, former Clinton White House senior staffer Bob Weiner, Families USA Health Policy Deputy Director Marc Steinberg, and Health Care for America Now Executive Director Ethan Rome also weigh in on the law as oral arguments take place before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 02:04am EDT
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AFGE responds to House GOP 2013 budget proposal - March 23rd, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" the union's Public Policy Director Jacque Simon analyzes the House Republican 2013 budget proposal and the potential impact on federal workers and public services. AFGE 3rd District National Vice President Keith Hill then turns the focus to Transportation Security Officers and the challenges they face at the workplace. Lastly, SUNY at Stony Brook Center for Study of Working Class Life Director Michael Zweig details his book, "The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret."

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 07:47pm EDT
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Largest federal employee union pushes back against privatization - March 16th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Council of Prison Locals President Dale Deshotel and TSA Local 1120 Montana Vice President Eric Wood shed light on the dangers of privatization at their agencies. Food & Water Watch Senior Lobbyist Tony Corbo addresses ongoing concerns with a proposal to change federal poultry inspections while AFGE DoD Local 2142 President Joe Gonzales details the impact of workplace conditions on employee morale.

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 06:40pm EDT
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AFGE, Social Security Administration reach agreement on national contract - March 9th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals President Witold Skwierczynski discusses the union's conceptual agreement with SSA for a new national contract. Skwierczynski also addresses the impact of office closures on the public. AFGE Housing and Urban Development Council 222 Executive Vice President Carolyn Federoff analyzes the federal deficit while Environmental Agency Protection Council 238 Executive Vice President Tom Link provides an update on the council's Save the Environment - Save the EPA campaign.

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 07:16pm EST
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TSP Roth option coming soon for federal employees - March 2nd, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" First Command Financial Services District Advisor Bob Hill discusses the new Thrift Savings Plan Roth option and AFGE National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals Chairman Stan Painter details a proposal by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to change the inspection system for poultry plants. Also, AFGE Defense Conference Chair Don Hale and Vice Chair Patty Viers discuss personnel cuts at the Department of Defense and AFGE Nurses Steering Committee members Lisa Hartman and Shilo Schalk detail efforts to secure collective bargaining rights for all federal nurses.

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 07:20pm EST
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Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) addresses health care reform, importance of 2012 elections - February 24th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) discusses the importance of the 2012 elections, health care reform and what a single-payer health care system in the U.S. would look like. AFGE Field Services and Education Director Bill Fletcher and Transportation Security Administration Local Presidents Rick McCoy and Kim Kraynak-Lambert also join the program from the recent AFGE TSA Council 100 Founding Convention.

Wednesday - 02/22/2012, 07:33pm EST
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Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) addresses the dangers of cutting public services - February 17th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) appears along with AFGE National President John Gage from the union's annual Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference in Washington, D.C. Cardin discusses the danger of cutting public services while Gage addresses the AFGE's 2012 legislative priorities. AFGE Department of Defense Local 2516 President Paul Ferris and Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Wade Henderson also appear.

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 05:53pm EST
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Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Lauds Work of Federal Employees - February 10th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) praises the continued dedication of federal employees despite a contentious political environment. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) and Newsweek and Daily Beast contributor Eleanor Clift discuss the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare President and CEO Max Richtman addresses keys to improving Social Security and Medicare and the critical role of SSA employees.

Thursday - 02/09/2012, 01:23pm EST
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U.S. Surgeon General encourages Americans to shift health focus to wellness and prevention - February 3rd, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin discusses her efforts to shift the nation's health focus from sickness and disease to wellness and prevention. Dr. Benjamin is joined by Common Cause President and CEO and former Congressman Bob Edgar (D-Pa.), former Clinton White House senior staffer Bob Weiner, and Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack from the recent Families USA Health Action 2012 Conference.

Wednesday - 02/01/2012, 05:25pm EST
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President Kennedy's executive order granting federal bargaining rights remembered - January 20th, 2012 and January 27th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Metal Trades Department President Ron Ault celebrate the 50th anniversary of Executive Order 10988, which President John F. Kennedy signed to pave the way for collective bargaining rights for federal employees. AFGE 14th District National Vice President Dwight Bowman and Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean also appear.

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 09:15pm EST
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Union for federal prison officers pushes for more staff in wake of increased violence - January 13th, 2012

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Council of Prison Locals President Dale Deshotel addresses the reasons behind a recent spike in violence at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Also, AFGE Communications Director Enid Doggett provides communications tips and strategies for union members while personal finance columnist Karen Blumenthal discusses her new book, "The Wall Street Journal Guide to Starting Fresh: How to Leave Financial Hardships Behind and Take Control of Your Financial Life."

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 06:23pm EST
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Boeing, Machinists union deal proof that collective bargaining works, ADA national director says - December 30th, 2011 and Janua

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) National Director Michael J. Wilson cites the recent four-year labor agreement between Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as proof that collective bargaining works. Wilson also previews ADA's 2012 agenda, including an event at the Iowa caucuses and a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The program then will highlight two memorable interviews from 2011: Fighting for public sector unions with MSNBC's Ed Schultz and job creation with Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.).

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 12:53pm EST
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Largest federal employee union weighs in on Washington's budget fight - December 16th, 2011 and December 23, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" National President John Gage and National Secretary-Treasurer J. David Cox detail the union's agenda for 2012. Gage also addresses the budget fight in Washington while Cox discusses the need to properly care for the country's veterans. AFGE Local 3258 member Mark Butler also highlights his book, "The Coffee Break Guide for Veterans Seeking Federal Employment."

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 08:20pm EST
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Group advocates for renewal of payroll tax cut, long-term unemployment aid - December 2nd, 2011 and December 9th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Campaign for America's Future Co-director Roger Hickey discusses efforts to extend the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits and the impact on the middle class. Dan Roam, author of "Blah, Blah, Blah: What to do When Words Don't Work," and Hooks Book Events President Perry Pidgeon Hooks also appear from the recent Excellence in Government Conference.

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 06:29pm EST
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Union fighting to save DoD civilian workforce jobs - November 18th, 2011 and November 25th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Defense Conference Chair Don Hale addresses the Defense Department's plans to slash thousands of civilian workforce jobs. AFGE Political Action Committee Director Bob Nicklas and AFL-CIO's Ben Waxman also discuss the labor movement's collective bargaining win on Election Day in Ohio.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 07:00pm EST
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Staffing and funding shortages plaguing Federal Bureau of Prisons - November 11th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Council of Prison Locals President Dale Deshotel details the danger of not properly staffing and funding the Bureau of Prisons. AFGE local presidents John Garvey, Mike Guerrissi and Vernon Steed shed light on workplace concerns at their respective agencies. Also, we report from Occupy Oakland and AFGE's recent rally to support Social Security Administration workers.

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 11:52am EST
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Supporting public workers and the middle class - November 4th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski expresses support for public sector workers and discusses the danger of cutting public services and squeezing the middle class. AFGE Social Security Administration Council 220 National Health and Safety Representative Howard Egerman sheds light on his efforts to ensure safety in the federal workplace.

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 04:25pm EDT
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The importance of public sector unions - October 21st, 2011 and October 28th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" labor historian Dr. Nelson Lichtenstein discusses the importance of public sector unions and the future of the labor movement. AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals President Witold Skwierczynski also appears to address contract negotiations with SSA and a series of upcoming nationwide rallies.

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 06:05pm EDT
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