Largest federal union hails pro-worker majority in the House

November 8, 2018

Government employees “can once again count on Congress to provide checks and balances on the White House,” said American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox, Sr., on November 7—the day after the U.S. electorate voted in the midterm elections to shift the majority in the House of Representatives to Democratic legislators.

“For the last two years, the administration and its allies in Congress have run roughshod over the federal workers who keep this country running, and have launched a series of unprecedented attacks on our union in the process,” Cox commented in a formal statement.

“Now,” he said, “thanks to tremendous voter turnout and enthusiasm … no longer will the president and his Congressional allies have free rein to politicize the civil service and reduce civil service protections or union rights.

“We expect the 116th Congress to respect workers’ voices in the workplace, respect the collective bargaining process, and respect the important work federal employees do on behalf of the American people. And with narrow-majority Senate returning, there will be opportunities for bipartisan efforts.”

Elected to a third term in August, Cox has invested heavily since he first took national office in 2006 in growing union membership both within AFGE and among the labor movement as a whole. During the past 12 years, the AFGE has boosted its membership by more than 90,000 government employees—now representing 700,000 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.

“We look forward to working with leaders on both sides of the aisle to protect union rights and protect federal pay and retirement.  We will also work with the bipartisan majority that opposes costly and unaccountable outsourcing of federal government work,” Cox said, noting, “Today is a win for America’s workforce, and we look forward to working with members of Congress the next two years on progressive change. This wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of our … members nationwide, and we know … they are celebrating the election of Congressional leaders who will stand by their side and fight for them in Washington.”

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