Benefits of Union Representation

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Management must negotiate with union before implementing changes in working conditions. Without union representation, if Management chooses to impose a policy you don't like, you're on your own to do anything about it. You can ask that the change not be made, you can quit, or your may be able to sue on your own as an individual. Until you sue, Management is at liberty to ignore your concerns. Even in court, management is not obliged to negotiate with individuals. There is no mechanism under the law by which you can compel management to negotiate with you as an individual. In contrast, it is an Unfair Labor Practice for Management to ignore the request of a Union to negotiate on any negotiable matter. Please see our accomplishments and the LMA for a description of some of the things which AFGE Local 2113 has negotiated on behalf of its bargaining unit.

Negotiated Grievance Procedure - Our Labor Management Agreement (Article 7) describes a procedure negotiated between Local 2113 and Management to declare and process bargaining-unit employee grievances. Our procedure consists of a three-step process, starting with the lowest Management official who can render a decision. If the grievance is not settled at the first step, it proceeds through a second level of Management before culminating in a decision by the Commanding Officer at the third step. At any decision level, Management may decide to sustain the action, change the action, or withdraw the action that precipitated the grievance. Either Management or the Union may refer a grievance which is not settled through this process to an outside arbitrator.

Employees who are not represented by a Union have no right to use negotiated procedures. Short of suing, such employees are limited to whatever grievance procedures, if any, are established by the Employer. Employers' procedures are usually two-step processes with the employer making the final decision and without any option for outside arbitration.

Legislation Lobbying. AFGE National lobbies in Washington DC for all federal workers. Every year, they lobby for our cost-of-living pay raises. Beginning with 2001, AFGE won a rollback of the part of our retirement-annuity tax which was levied for the purpose of helping to balance the National Budget under the Clinton administration. (It had nothing to do with our retirement annuities. That's just where the tax was applied.) Do you think Congress would have thought of this on their own without someone to call it to their attention? (Have you ever tried to lobby Congress as an individual? Did you get what you wanted?) AFGE is currently trying to get the TRAC act through Congress. This would require a determination that there would be a cost savings before our jobs could be contracted out. For more detals, check AFGE National's website or, if you are already a member, check out the "On Capitol Hill" section of your AFGE Newspaper, The Government Standard.

Insurance, discounts, etc. Local 2113 does not offer insurance, but many such benefits are available through AFGE National by virtue of your Local membership. These include home, car, and dental insurance, credit cards and credit repair, free 30-minute legal consultations on personal matters, special rates for travel and car rental, special home mortgage deals, and much, much more. Many of these benefits are also available for your extended family just by virtue of your membership. One example is discounts on prescription drugs. For further details, see AFGE National's website. For any benefit questions not answered at AFGE's website, call Chip Ezell, AFGE benefits coordinator, at (407) 808-9333 ( (We also have info on dental insurance locally in the Union office.)

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This page was last updated on October 11, 2001