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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.
The Senate has defeated an amendment to a transportation bill that would have extended the federal pay freeze through 2013. In a 57-41 vote, lawmakers rejected the amendment, introduced last week by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). The measure needed 60 votes to pass. Federal unions applauded the news.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) introduced an amendment to the Surface Transportation Bill that offers part-time employment to retiring feds. The Senate passed the amendment Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two federal unions, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union, say lawmakers removed the increase in federal employee contributions from the payroll tax extension, but added it to the unemployment insurance extension, which is part of the overall deal. The unions say if the provision becomes law, feds would see a pay decrease while everyone else would see an increase.
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.
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.