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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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ICE union leader denies alleged opposition to immigration policy

National ICE Council President Chris Crane disputes reports that his union has delayed implementation of a new Obama Administration policy on rounding up illegal immigrants.

Tags: ICE , DHS , Chris Crane , Federal Drive , Obama administration , immigration , policy , Michael OConnell , workforce

Friday - 01/13/2012, 10:02am EST
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Boeing, Machinists union deal proof that collective bargaining works, ADA national director says - December 30th, 2011 and January 6th, 2012

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.).

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Michael J. Wilson , Ed Schultz , Karen Bass ,

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 12:53pm EST
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AFGE's strategy for 'good government' hinges on 2012 elections

With no end to lawmakers' fedbashing in sight, the American Federation of Government Employees is looking forward to 2012's presidential and Congressional elections. "Federal workers are a sane, responsible group of citizens. They vote in big numbers," AFGE President John Gage told Federal News Radio.

Tags: Emily Kopp , John Gage , unions , Labor , workforce , Congress , 2011 and Beyond , election

Friday - 12/23/2011, 02:04pm EST
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AFGE pushes for TSA workers to have due process rights

The Transportation Security Administration is unwilling to give airport security officers the same due process rights that other federal employees have, according to the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents TSA officers nationwide. AFGE said it planned to picket on key issues, which also included policies that allegedly discriminate against female security officers.

Tags: TSA , John Gage , workforce , union , John Pistole , Alan Jackimowicz , Stacy Bodtmann , Emily Kopp , management

Wednesday - 12/21/2011, 02:19pm 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."

Tags: Mark Butler , John Gage , J. David Cox , workforce , Inside Government

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 08:20pm EST
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Democratic lawmakers trying to beat back another federal pay freeze

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers say federal employees have been singled out enough and shouldn't endure another year of a pay freeze or other benefit cuts. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act includes such provisions. Rep. Gerry Connolly said continued pay freezes or reduction in benefits will impact recruiting and retention of employees.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , John Boehner , Gerry Connolly , Chris Van Hollen , Ben Cardin , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , John Gage , pay freeze , NARFE , Julie Tagen , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 05:40am EST
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