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For Immediate Release


Tim Kauffman,

Press Release

Largest Federal Employee Union Applauds White House Action on Worker Organizing

AFGE says President Biden sending a ‘powerful message’ to workers and employers

American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s actions on worker organizing:

“Working people everywhere should have the right to join together in union and advocate for better working conditions at their place of employment without fear of retaliation or reprisal – and this White House gets it. 

“Today’s action by the Biden administration will further the federal government’s goal of being a model employer. By simply declaring that it will remain neutral on union organizing campaigns, will inform employees of their rights, and will process payroll dues deduction requests by employees in a timely manner, the White House is sending a powerful message to employers everywhere that efforts to interfere with union elections and workers’ union rights should not be tolerated.

“On behalf of the 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers AFGE represents – and the hundreds of thousands of unrepresented federal workers across the nation – I applaud President Biden for standing up for workers’ rights and encouraging all employers in the public and private sectors to do the same.”


The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union proudly 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.

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