What is a union?
A union is an organization composed in whole or in part of employees, in which employees participate and pay dues, and which has as a purpose the dealing with an agency concerning grievances and conditions of employment.
AFGE is the largest federal union. It represents 600,000 federal workers and some 4,500 DC government workers and monitors issues that impact the federal workforce personal and professional lives such as funding, working conditions, and health care benefits. Agencies with the highest concentration include Department of Defense, Social Security Administration, and Department of Justice. Workplace inspectors, border patrols, VA medical staff, and certain Environmental Protection Agency staff also make up the membership list.
Limited Rights Without a Union
In today's Correctional environment, staff need to join together. The field of Corrections has changed greatly. No longer is it us against them. The Correctional worker often must endure false accusations and hyped up allegations of mistreatment. You need someone on your side. Local 720 will enforce the contract and ensure your rights are not violated during an official investigation. We will provide quality representation if you receive a proposal for discipline.
Why Join the Union? At some point in your career you may make a mistake, become the target of an overzealous supervisor or be falsely accused of wrongdoing.
"Union representation means that you have someone in your corner." The Union exists to enforce the Master agreement or contract and ensure you have the best possible working conditions for all staff! Without a contract, staff would have no say in their working conditions.
The union can prevent unjust and unfair treatment by giving you representation on the job and the right to file grievances if you are treated unfairly.
Benefits for AFGE Members
When you join the union, you have access to these AFGE benefits. These benefits are backed by the collective strength of over 10-million members of AFL-CIO unions. By using one or two of the programs, many members save as much as their annual dues.
These Money-Saving Benefits are Available Only to AFGE Members:
Toll-free Benefits Line:
In DC: 639-6941
Programs are subject to change.