DC Workers Repaid Furlough Days, Thanks to AFGE District 14

District 14 National Vice President Dwight Bowman (pictured) and AFGE led the charge to ensure D.C. government employees were reimbursed for furlough days.

District of Columbia government workers will finally be getting paid for the furlough days that they were forced to take last year thanks to efforts by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

The furlough days were enforced because of projected budget shortfalls, but at the end of the fiscal year, there was instead a surplus of funds.

In May, the D.C. city council rejected a plan by the mayor that would have repaid the workers for those days. Some members of the city council proposed using the additional funds for other projects but due to AFGE’s efforts, the council recently passed a bill authorizing the repayments for nearly 22,000 workers.

“This is a great victory for our members and all District of Columbia government employees. We are pleased that the city council decided to do right by the hardworking employees and repay the money that was rightfully theirs,” said Dwight Bowman, District 14, National Vice President of American Federation of Government Employees, who represents 45,000 D.C. government workers.

Starting this week, D.C. government workers will be reimbursed in the form of a lump-sum payment.


Congress must pass long-term funding bill

WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage today issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s approval of legislation ending the two-week partial shutdown at the Federal Aviation Administration: “We are glad that the 4,000 FAA employees who were furloughed due to this congressional impasse will be able to get back to work. However, this is only a short-term solution. Congress must pass a permanent, long-term reauthorization bill that does not undermine workers’ rights to join a union.”


The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 625,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.


Calls on Congress to Return to Capitol Hill to Act Now

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the unions representing the approximately 4,000 furloughed FAA employees expressed disappointment that Congress was unable to pass an extension of FAA funding prior to recessing. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), and Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) released the following statement regarding the continued furloughs and partial shutdown of the FAA:

“We are extremely frustrated and discouraged that members of Congress have left Washington for recess without passing an FAA extension. If the FAA continues on partial shutdown for the month of August, it will lose $1.5 billion in revenue. Every day this impasse continues is another day that major airport projects are delayed and work is stopped on important Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) initiatives. Included among projects and programs impacted are long-term runway safety initiatives, NextGen air traffic control research and testing, modernization of control towers and other aviation infrastructure, and weather research.

“Of utmost concern, this shutdown is putting thousands of critical employees out of work. Nearly 4,000 FAA employees have been forced to go without a paycheck for almost two weeks. These employees provide essential services and perform a variety of functions critical to the safe and efficient operation of the aviation system. In addition, due to the FAA having to issue dozens of stop-work orders, 70,000 construction workers nationwide are without employment. These employees and their families have been suffering for weeks now. This suffering cannot continue another day, let alone another month.

“AFGE, AFSCME, NATCA and PASS ask members of Congress to pass an FAA extension immediately. The air traffic control system cannot wait and neither can the families of the thousands of impacted employees across the nation. To protect this country’s aviation system and secure jobs throughout the country, Congress must act now.”


American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), represent more than 30,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees.


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