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JayNY93  
#1 Posted : Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:17:11 AM(UTC)
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Is it worth joining the AFGE Union?
ehodakowski  
#2 Posted : Monday, June 7, 2021 5:20:19 PM(UTC)
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Simply put, no.

You get a coffee mug and baseball cap for about $40 per pay period.

And all of the union benefits that non-members get.

Now, I understand that AFGE needs funding; I'm not arguing that.

But I funded it for the better part of eleven years and, when I return to the US next week (there's no CBA or union overseas) I will not be re-joining. I feel that I've already contributed enough to the cause.

Cheers!
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#3 Posted : Tuesday, June 8, 2021 11:54:49 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ehodakowski Go to Quoted Post
Simply put, no.

You get a coffee mug and baseball cap for about $40 per pay period.

And all of the union benefits that non-members get.

Now, I understand that AFGE needs funding; I'm not arguing that.

But I funded it for the better part of eleven years and, when I return to the US next week (there's no CBA or union overseas) I will not be re-joining. I feel that I've already contributed enough to the cause.

Cheers!



$40/PP?? come on, man. at least be honest


https://www.afge.org/mem...s/join/dues-eligibility/
ehodakowski  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, June 9, 2021 2:37:20 PM(UTC)
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Hey, give me a break, it's been four years.

Maybe I was thinking $40/month.
Fedgrrl  
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I don't think so. Be aware that if you think you'll be needing their support in the future, if you're not a dues paying member they're not going to do jack for you. Speaking from personal experience.
GovSlave  
#6 Posted : Friday, August 27, 2021 5:53:20 AM(UTC)
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Yes. Most definetly worth it. Been working government for a long time. Used to not be so political. I don't care if you are a liberal or conservative, if you are a government worker your retirement, pay, raises, holidays, etc is all affected by the government. *****, just think about how our retirement is FERS now and it used to be so much better. Your Union funds go into fighting the government every year as they try to reduce your benefits including retirement and AFGE is the one that stop it and fight it. AFGE just got more leave for new male parents that just recently had babies.

Wherever you stand on this whole COVID Vaccine business (I don't judge either way), the agency has given you the option of opting out of mandatory COVID vaccines via religious or medical exemptions. This is negotiated by NVAC (National Veteran's Affairs Council) which is AFGE.

Additionally, Yes the Union will support and back you whether you are a member or not. Some say, it doesn't matter because, AFGE will represent me either way. HOWEVER, if the reasons above isn't enough to make you join consider this:

You can plan on being a good worker and decide, I will never get in trouble so what is the point, right? You know what you can't plan for, workplace injuries including COVID. You get hospitalized or injured during work and need to work on your worker's comp, I GUARANTEE, the agency will do everything they can to stiff you on paying you for being out of work, light duty, etc. Guess who you need then...AFGE, there is literally 1 person that can help you with fighting/Arbitrating/Etc. the agency....Worker's Comp, EEO, and MSPB/FLRA are some of the things AFGE WILL NOT help you on unless you are a member...Not because, your local AFGE doesn't want to but because, the 1 person in AFGE (That handles worker's comp everything Nation-wide) will not unless you are a member. (This is legal, he is not a part of the agency and he has a right to do so.

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