The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union representing 650,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. AFGE was formed for the purpose of promoting unity of action in all matters affecting the mutual interests of Federal civilian employees. The object of the Federation is to promote the general welfare of government employees, promote efficiency, advance plans of improvement, and promote the full participation of women and minorities in AFGE activities at all levels throughout the Federation.
As a labor union, AFGE is in a unique position amongst labor unions because it is democratic in its dealings with members. The highest level of authority in the Federation is the AFGE National Constitution, which is amended as needed and voted on by the members, not the National Executive Council. This is a Union that belongs to the Union members and is run by the Union members! At the same time, we are proud to have such an excellent organization at our Headquarters Office in Washington, D.C., that coordinates a full-scale legislative and political action program to monitor issues that impact the government work force. The union is also divided into 12 geographical districts consisting of some 1,100 locals. Over one-half of AFGE’s members are consolidated into agency-wide bargaining units, such as AFGE Council 238.