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Labor Day Message from AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.


As the newly elected president of the nation’s largest union representing federal and

AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.

D.C. government employees, I feel Labor Day is a time to recognize the extraordinary women and men who make a difference in their jobs day in and day out.We are the VA doctors, nurses and support staff who run the best health care system in the world.

We are the claims processors who make sure senior citizens get their Social Security checks each month.

We are the mechanics repairing Army tanks so they’re ready for the next battle.

We are the law enforcement and security officers patrolling our nation’s borders, prisons, airports and buildings to ensure your protection.

We are the inspectors who ensure your food is safe to eat.

There’s one thing that ties us all together – we are proud union members and work connects us all.

Thanks to unions, federal employees and all workers in America are assured a minimum wage, overtime rights, protection from job discrimination and safe working conditions.

Whether or not you belong to a union, you are making a difference in somebody’s life each and every day. And whether or not you realize it, the work that you do touches someone else.

So on this Labor Day, I want to say thank you. Thank you to the 650,000 federal and D.C. government workers who are part of AFGE. Thank you to all of the men and women who work on behalf of the federal government. And thank you to workers everywhere for all that you do each and every day.

From all of us here at AFGE, Happy Labor Day!

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