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Pentagon says shutdown wasted at least $600 million

A tally totaling the costs of the government shutdown on the Defense Department only includes lost work-hours from civilian furloughs, not additional government costs from interest payments, contract delays or other impacts from the shutdown. AFGE and NTEU are asking agencies to speed up back pay to federal workers.

Tags: DoD , management , government shutdown , pay and benefits , furlough , NTEU , Robert Hale , J David Cox , Colleen Kelley , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/18/2013, 04:18am EDT
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Shutdown's impact extends to U.S. manufacturing - October 11th, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul discusses the government shutdown's impact on U.S. manufacturing. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, retired AFGE SSA Local 3509 member Michael Gravinese and American Postal Workers Union Local 1078 member Louis Forrisi also appear from the recent North Carolina AFL-CIO Convention.

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Scott Paul , Wayne Goodwin , Michael Gravinese , Louis Forrisi

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 05:28pm EDT
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Shutdown devastating for workers, AFGE president says - October 4, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" National President J. David Cox Sr. addresses the government shutdown and its impact on employees and public services. AFGE SSA Local 836 EVP Matt Perlinger discusses the importance of engaging younger union members and Professor Jeffrey Hilgert talks about his book, "Hazard or Hardship: Crafting Global Norms on the Right to Refuse Unsafe Work."

Tags: workforce , Inside Government

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 05:24pm EDT
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House fails to pass bills to reopen parts of government

Lower chamber legislators could not get two-thirds approval for one bill to fund the National Park Service, and another bill to get the Veterans Affairs Department fiscal 2014 money. AFGE, NTEU and Democrat lawmakers rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday to turn up the heat on Congress to reopen the government.

Tags: management , government shutdown , workforce , Steny Hoyer , Congress , Dutch Ruppersberger , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , J. David Cox , John Delaney , IRS , National Park Service , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 05:32am EDT
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Feds learn furlough status as shutdown looms

Federal employees began learning Friday whether they'll be forced to stay home if the government shuts down next week. Supervisors were tasked with informally telling employees today whether they are classified as "essential" or "nonessential," according to several federal-employee unions briefed by the Obama administration. Congress is prepared to work through the weekend, but the clock is ticking down for lawmakers to agree on a funding bill keeping the lights on at agencies beyond Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Tags: Congress , government shutdown , workforce , federal unions , Bill Dougan , NFFE , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Jack Moore

Friday - 09/27/2013, 01:29pm EDT

AFGE continues efforts to end workplace discrimination - September 20, 2013 and September 27, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" General Services Administration Local 2275 President John Garvey discusses efforts to end workplace discrimination while new Council of Prison Locals President Eric Young shares his top priorities going forward. Also, AFGE District 11 National Fair Practices Coordinator Ivan Weich responds to a layoff proposal at the Columbia Basin Job Corps in Moses Lake, Wash. and Department of Veterans Affairs Local 1988 EVP Geddes Scott advocates for more staffing at the VA.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , Eric Young , John Garvey , Ivan Weich , Geddes Scott

Monday - 09/16/2013, 03:48pm EDT
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AFGE members share stories from the front lines of federal service - September 6, 2013 and September 13, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" four AFGE members discuss their commitment to federal service and challenges they face in the workplace. TSA Local 778 EVP Bobby Newsome, Council of Prison Locals National Fair Practices Coordinator Sandy Parr, VA Local 2241 Women's Coordinator Marva Newell and National Council of SSA Field Operations Locals Regional VP David Sheagley share their stories on the benefits and challenges of federal service.

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Bobby Newsome , Sandy Parr , Marva Newell , David Sheagley

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 06:12pm EDT
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AFGE celebrates diversity at Human Rights Training Conference - August 30, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Wisconsin State Sen. Lena Taylor and AFGE Housing and Urban Development Council 222 President Eddie Eitches appear from the union's recent Human Rights Training Conference. Taylor discusses the importance of the labor movement while Eitches reveals negotiations with HUD management to reduce furlough days. Former Clinton White House spokesman also addresses the consequences of sequestration and AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. speaks out against furloughs during the union's protest in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Lena Taylor , Eddie Eitches , Bob Weiner , J. David Cox Sr

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 10:41am EDT
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Court ruling gives agencies 'weapon' against employees, union says

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are not entitled to a key civil-service protection under a recent ruling by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington. Andres Grajales, deputy general counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees who represented two federal employees in the case, said the ruling gives agencies a weapon against employees.

Tags: DoD , OPM , MSPB , OSC , whistleblower protections , Andres Grajales , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:32pm EDT
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Court limits rights of feds in sensitive security positions

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 7-3 Tuesday that the Merit Systems Protection Board cannot review dismissals and demotions of government employees who hold sensitive national security positions.

Tags: U.S. Court of Appeals , Merit Systems Protection Board , DoD ,

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 02:40am EDT
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