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Federal union wants to ‘fire up’ members at legislative conference


The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) opens its annual legislative conference Monday with speeches from several members of Congress.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee; Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the top Democrat on the budget committee; and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) will address an expected 1,000 delegates at the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill.

“It’s an opportunity for our members to express their views to Congress,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr.

(AFGE photo) (AFGE photo)

On Tuesday, four House members have been invited to join Cox at a noon rally with federal employees outside the U.S. Capitol. The theme will be “shared prosperity, not austerity.” Later that day, at 5:15 p.m., the union will hold a vigil for slain Bureau of Prisons correctional officers at the Upper Senate Park on the corner of Constitution Ave. and Delaware Ave., NE.

The last open event is an informational picket line in support of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers outside the TSA headquarters at 601 S. 12th Street in Arlington.

“I want our members fired up…” Cox said. “Federal employees are a force to be reckoned with.”

MORE: Federal unions hope to reenergize as largest one meets with key congressional leaders

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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