Labor union chief calls immigration bill dangerous, sees agency as ‘approval machine’
The Senate’s immigration bill will raise national security risks and the Obama administration will do little more than “rubber-stamp” illegal immigrants into the program, endangering Americans, says the labor union representing the 12,000 employees who will have to approve the applications.
Kenneth Palinkas, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Council 119, which represents officers and staff at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will deliver a [...]
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) entered a letter from law enforcement officials nationwide warning of the dangers of the immigration bill S.744 into the judiciary committee record today.
The letter To Congress from the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council of the American Federation of Government Employees Affiliated with AFL-CIO warns of the discretionary power the bill gives to “political appointees” and takes away from law enforcers:
“Congress can and must take decisive steps [...]
The president of the American Federation of Government Employees says a one-percent increase is “absolutely unconscionable.”
The head of the largest federal employee union said Saturday that President Obama’s proposal to increase pay for federal employees by 1 percent was “absolutely unconscionable” and “simply not enough.”
“It is not enough to allow federal employees to make up lost ground from two-plus years of frozen pay. It is not enough to allow workers, [...]
The best of both worlds of big government merged on Thursday: The Transportation Security Administration agreed to allow the American Federation of Government Employees to unionize its workforce.
In a press release, AFGE announced that the labor contract it agreed to with TSA on Thursday is the first-ever with TSA employees.
“For 10 long years AFGE has fought hard so that Transportation Security Officers would have collective bargaining rights,” AFGE National President John [...]
By Joe Davidson
The Transportation Security Administration has given preliminary approval to a plan that would allow Orlando Sanford International Airport to use private security screeners.
Screeners employed by private companies are already used at 16 airports under the agency’sScreening Partnership Program. Republicans have pressed for greater use of private screeners and welcomed last week’s announcement.
“I hope this opens a new era of reform for TSA operations, not only at Orlando Sanford but [...]
Lenore Zimmerman (L) and Ruth Sherman (R) both claim they were strip-searched at Kennedy Airport (credit: CBS 2)
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s new fallout over airport screening procedures after three women say they were strip-searched at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
On Tuesday a former top-ranking Transportation Security Administration agent weighed in, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reports.
They are three women, all over 60, all with medical issues and all with nearly identical stories [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2011
Debt deal will reduce federal services, jobs
WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage today issued the following statement in response to the debt limit deal announced Sunday by Congressional leaders and the White House:
“The manufactured debt crisis is over for now, but the real crisis looms larger than ever. More than 14 million Americans have lost [...]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Airport screeners around the county have chosen the nation’s largest federal employee union to represent them in collective bargaining talks with the government, federal officials announced Thursday.
The American Federation of Government Employees won a close runoff vote to represent about 44,000 employees at the Transportation Security Administration in the largest union election for federal workers in history.
Federal officials tallying the votes say A.F.G.E. received 8,903 votes, or [...]
President Obama gestures while speaking Tuesday about the possible government shutdown at the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)
Weeks after President Obama took office, John Gage, the head of the largest union for federal workers in the country, gave a speech hailing the new administration as a champion for “transparency, accountability and good government.”
But in a sharply worded federal lawsuit filed last week, that same [...]
This article originally appeared in The Daily Capitalist.
Politics has a charming way of bringing reality to lame-duck politicians. The Republican gains in the House and Senate have apparently prompted President Obama to do the unthinkable: freeze the pay of civilian federal workers for two years. His constituency is very upset by this apparent betrayal by Obama:
“I am really ticked,” said John Gage, national president of [...]