John Gage will not seek reelection as president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the nation’s largest federal labor organization.

In a letter sent late Tuesday to his union members, Gage said “I’ve never been able to put the union in the proper place; I’ve never been able to be the activist and simultaneously take care of those who love me. For once, I’m putting my family first.”

An election for president will take place at the union’s August convention in Las Vegas.

Gage has been president for nine years and has worked full time for AFGE since 1977. High on his list of accomplishments is AFGE’s victory last year in an election to represent almost 50,000 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers.

“I intend to finish negotiating AFGE’s first contract with TSA,” Gage said in his letter.

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