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AFGE National

Representing More than Half a Million Federal and D.C. Government Workers

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union representing 670,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. AFGE was formed to promote unity of action in all matters affecting the mutual interests of federal civilian employees. The Federation’s goal is to promote the general welfare of government employees, promote efficiency, advance plans of improvement, and promote the full participation of women and minorities in AFGE activities at all levels throughout the Federation.

We Work to Protect You

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. AFGE is proud to make America work.

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.

We Deal With Members Democratically

AFGE is unique among labor unions because it is democratic in its dealings with members. The highest level of authority in the Federation is the AFGE National Constitution, which is amended as needed and voted on by the members, not the National Executive Council. This is a Union that belongs to the Union members and is run by the Union members!

At the same time, we are proud to have an excellent organization at our Headquarters Office in Washington, D.C., that coordinates a full-scale legislative and political action program to monitor issues that impact the government workforce.

The union is divided into 12 geographical districts consisting of about 1,100 locals. More than one-half of AFGE’s members are consolidated into agencywide bargaining units, such as AFGE Council 238.

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updated June 30, 2016