Federal workers feel as if they are back on the right track now that President Biden has taken office. Employees are once again being seen as a value asset.
The American Federation of Government Employees took a beating the past four years according to AFGE District 6 National Vice President Arnold Scott. Scott joined the AWF Union Podcast to discuss a new organizing initiative and legislation to help federal employees get back on track.
AFGE NOW organizing initiative
Scott introduced an AFGE organizing initiative called AFGE NOW. The goal is to boost membership recruitment and build a network of committed and engaged unionists. He added that the campaign is designed to restore the AFGE after being beat down for four years.
The main component of the campaign is member participation. While there are dedicated organizers, Scott said this campaign calls on the membership to encourage others to learn about the union, join the union and get involved.
This is just one of many AFGE organizing efforts. He told listeners about another initiative being taken on by AFGE Local 2054. This campaign is more traditional and revolves around distribution of union materials and sponsoring events potential members are likely to attend.
Passing the FAIR Act
Scott is determined to get the FAIR Act passed. The key component of the legislation is a 3.2 percent raise for federal employees in 2022. This legislation is said to restore federal employees standard of living to pre-recession levels and increase federal agencies abilities to hire high quality employees.
Efforts to pass the legislation took a new step when some 15,000 contacts were made with lawmakers during an active letter campaign. Scott said the membership has made this legislation a major priority.