AFGE asks Congress to shorten probationary period for federal workers

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3283 Executive Vice President Laurie Glicker and Legislative Political Coordinator Joe Graceffo joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the two-year probationary period for federal employees. They detailed the AFGE’s efforts to lobby legislators to lower the period to one year, and what it would mean to the financial planning abilities of federal workers. Continue reading

Negotiations for federal employees easier under the Biden Administration

Darryll Bell, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 31, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how federal government employees are faring under the Biden Administration, particularly when it comes to labor negotiations.

Bell also discussed the long hiring process at Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals and why more workers are needed to ensure high quality care for veterans. Continue reading

COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard issued after more than a year

Sadly, inaction in the beginning days of the COVID-19 pandemic left many workers misguided, confused and often unprotected in a chaotic work environment. Workers watched their colleagues become furloughed or fired, and it left many too scared to speak up about their own situation.

In the early stages of the pandemic, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) was at the forefront of demanding protections for workers. On a recent America’s Work Force Union Podcast, AFGE National Veterans Affairs Council 53 First Executive Vice President MJ Burke discussed recent workplace protections. She also explored the importance of a union presence in the workplace. Continue reading

Federal employees embark on new organizing initiative

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. Continue reading

DFAS employees hope to gain ground under the Biden administration

The Trump administration acted fast to undermine federal workers and the unions who represent them. These workers remain optimistic they will gain some leverage back with the Biden administration in charge.

Working on the frontlines and experiencing these changes are American Federation of Government Employees Local 3283 members Joey Graceffo and Dan Drost. The pair joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss what the members of Local 3283 do, the PRO Act, the abilities of public sector unions and more. Continue reading

AFGE members anticipate positive changes under incoming Biden administration

Federal employees have made sacrifices under the Trump administration. Less people were tasked with more work, union representatives were kicked out of their office space and more.

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3283 Executive Vice President Laurie Glicker and Legislative Steward Dan Drost discussed how federal employees have been affected by the actions of this administration and what they anticipate going forward with President-elect Joe Biden on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

AFGE official describes racism at the V.A.

With social justice being a major topic of discussion for the past few months, Bill Wetmore of the American Federation of Government Employees came on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast to discuss issues with racism in the Department of Veterans Affairs on Aug. 19. Continue reading

AFGE representative talks government operations during a global pandemic

Arnold Scott, National Vice President of the American Federation of Government Employees District 6 spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 15 about the AFGE roadmap for successful government operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

Labor Lawyer Speaks About Police Unions

Joyce Goldstein, a labor lawyer with Goldstein Gragel, LLC spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on June 17 about attacks on police unions. Continue reading