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About Us

We Are the American Federation of Government Employees

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union representing 600,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. Workers in virtually all functions of government at every federal agency depend upon AFGE for legal representation, legislative advocacy, technical expertise and informational services.

AFGE is serious about its responsibility to help provide good government services, while ensuring that government workers are treated fairly and with dignity. The union supports a meaningful transformation of the federal workplace to improve the way services and benefits are delivered to the American public. As a labor union, AFGE is in a unique position because it is not afforded the same full scope of collective bargaining rights as unions in the private sector. For this reason, in addition to negotiating working conditions at the bargaining table, AFGE coordinates a full-scale legislative and political action program to monitor issues that impact the government workforce.

When Congress debates funding of vital government programs administered by government workers or tackles employee health care issues, AFGE is on the scene representing its members.

What We Protect

AFGE represents government workers who are the vital threads of the fabric of American life. Government employees inspect the food we eat and the places we work, they protect citizens from the illicit flow of drugs, maintain the safety of our nation’s borders, care for our nation’s veterans, serve as a vital link to Social Security recipients, keep the national defense systems prepared for any danger and much, much more. AFGE is proud to make America work.

The union is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and divided into 12 geographical districts consisting of some 1,100 locals. More than half of AFGE’s members are consolidated into agencywide bargaining units, like Council 238.