New AFGE president eyes November elections

The Federal Diary
The Federal Diary
Joe Davidson

New AFGE president eyes November elections

By , Published: August 28

J. David Cox just won a presidential race this month, but it’s the one in November that will be much more consequential for his members.

Cox was elected two weeks ago as president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest federal union. He’s had no time to savor that victory, however, because he is gearing up to help President Obama and other labor-friendly candidates win their campaigns.


(Courtesy of American Federation of Government Employees) – J. David Cox was elected two weeks ago as president of the American Federation of Government Employees. Continue reading “New AFGE president eyes November elections”

Fast Rise Built With Discipline

August 29, 2012

Fast Rise Built With Discipline

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WASHINGTON — In the early 1990s, Tortilla Coast, a popular Capitol Hill watering hole, was staffed by ambitious young men and women flinging Tex-Mex and margaritas at patrons whose jobs in the nearby House and Senate office buildings they not so secretly coveted.

One of those waiters, a tall, dark-haired Midwesterner named Paul Ryan, stood out to his boss and co-workers. He was the guy who always showed up for work on time, wore neatly pressed khakis and chatted about economic policy as he floated along in a kayak at an after-work party. While the other twentysomethings pounded beers after work, Mr. Ryan was known to stick to just a few.

“I think even then he probably had an eye toward his future,” said Scott Johnson, a waiter back then who was looking for work in the Clinton administration. Continue reading “Fast Rise Built With Discipline”

Marco Rubio responds to Antonio Villaraigosa

Marco Rubio responds to Antonio Villaraigosa

By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 8/29/12 8:02 AM EDT

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio agreed Wednesday with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s assertion that the GOP can’t “just trot out a brown face” to solve their problems with Hispanic voters.

“Quite frankly, what’s he saying is true for both parties,” Rubio said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Policies matter. And look, the Republican party does have a challenge. We can’t just be the anti-illegal immigration party. We have to be the pro-legal immigration party.” Continue reading “Marco Rubio responds to Antonio Villaraigosa”

The GOP View of Government

The GOP View of Government

The delegates to the Republican national convention have formally approved their party’s 2012 platform. Kellie Lunney already has covered what the platform says regarding federal pay, benefits and the overall size of the workforce. But if you’re curious about the GOP’s overall view of government and how it needs to change, here’s what the platform has to say: Continue reading “The GOP View of Government”

Bill would ban feds from conducting union activities at work

Bill would ban feds from conducting union activities at work

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga.
Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga. Flickr user republicanconference

Government unions can expect to see the revival of legislation aimed at their rights to conduct union business.

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., plans to reintroduce the 2011 Federal Employee Accountability Act in the 113th Congress, spokeswoman Jen Talaber said. The bill would repeal two sections of the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act that allow federal employees to work official hours to perform union functions. Under U.S. Code, “official time” is defined as collective bargaining, arbitration and any other matter deemed necessary for official time by management and union representatives.

Gingrey introduced the legislation first in 2009 and again in 2011, when it was referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It’s not due for a vote before the end of this session, but Talaber said the bill will come up again. Continue reading “Bill would ban feds from conducting union activities at work”