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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.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Bob Hill , Stan Painter , Don Hale , Patty Viers , Lisa Hartman , Shilo Schalk

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.

Tags: Inside Government , Jan Schakowsky , Bill Fletcher , Rick McCoy , Kim Kraynak-Lambert

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.

Tags: workforce , Wade Henderson , Paul Ferris , John Gage , Ben Cardin

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 05:53pm EST
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Federal unions claim sneak attack in unemployment insurance deal

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.

Tags: pay and benefits , benefits , retirement , retirement contribution , workforce , NTEU , John Gage , Dave Camp , Harry Reid , Colleen Kelley , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 02/15/2012, 05:55pm EST

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.

Tags: Max Richtman , Eleanor Clift , John Yarmuth , John Sarbanes , Inside Government , workforce

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.

Tags: workforce , Regina Benjamin , Bob Edgar , Bob Weiner , Ron Pollack ,

Wednesday - 02/01/2012, 05:25pm EST
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BLS: Public sector union membership 5 times higher than private sector

In 2011, more than 28 percent of federal employees were union members. That's in contrast to less than 7 percent of unionized employees in the private sector.

Tags: BLS , unions , Bill Fletcher , Dennis Ross , official time

Monday - 01/30/2012, 10:45am EST

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.

Tags: workforce , Dwight Bowman , Jim Dean , Liz Shuler , Ron Ault

Wednesday - 01/18/2012, 09:15pm EST
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Looking ahead: What should feds expect in 2012?

John Palguta of the Partnership for Public Service, Jessie Klement of the Federal Managers Association, Beth Moten of the American Federation of Government Employees will talk about the proposed federal pay freeze and other issues affecting federal employees.
January 20, 2011

Tags: workforce , FEDtalk , federal pay debate , pay and benefits , deficit reduction , payroll tax holiday , pay freeze , retirement , Jennifer Mattingley , John Palguta , Partnership for Public Service , Jessie Klement , Federal Managers Association , Beth Moten ,

Saturday - 01/21/2012, 12:16am 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."

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Dale Deshotel , Enid Doggett , Karen Blumenthal

Wednesday - 01/11/2012, 06:23pm EST
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