Welcome to AFGE Local 1709

  Mon - Fri: 7:30 - 4:30

  Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

1268 Bay Road

Dover, Delaware 19901


 (302) 674-1458

More Attacks on Federal Employee's:

There are many individuals that want to take the unions out. I mean out of business completely. This year alone we expect to see proposed bills to stop Automatic Dues deduction for union dues. We also expect more attacks on our official time that allows us to support members. We hope this does not come to fruition but, if it does, it's going to be an uphill battle to ensure these bills don't pass the house and senate.

They are coming after our Pay, Retirement Benefits and Contribution:

The House Budget Committee has already approved a fiscal 2018 budget resolution. We are making headlines with the new budget and its not pretty folks. They have taken aim again at us and they just might hit us right between the eyes. How much more can we continue to tolerate, how much more can our families take. We must fight back and here is how to do it now. From your own personal phone, off duty (not on duty, or using a governement phone or e-mail), call and talk to your congresswomen, Ms. Lisa Blunt-Rochester.


Below is a script to use:


Here are the call in numbers:


  DC Office: 844.669.5146

  District Office: 888.775.3148


Here is a script you can use:


Hello, my name is (NAME), and I am a member of AFGE and work for (YOUR AGENCY) in (YOUR CITY), and I have dedicated my career to supporting and protecting our troops. Despite the hard work of my colleagues and I, the Administration wants to cut the budget for my agency, and take away my pay and retirement benefits too.


• Tell them what you do every day for the constituents in their District.


I take pride in my job. I hope Congress does, too. That’s why I’m asking that you not support the Administration’s proposed budget that severely cut my pay and retirement. The President’s budget takes $149 billion cuts from the Federal Employees on top of the $182 billion (yes with a b) that we have already sacrificed since 2010.

Did you know that a third of Federal Employees are veterans? Any cuts to federal employees will cut the pay and retirement benefits for hundreds of thousands of veterans who are federal employees. (If you are a veteran, please tell them you were proud to serve you country in the military and you are just proud serving the America people as a federal employee in NAME YOUR CITY)

The bottom line is that this budget takes from services that working families depend on, and lines the pockets of huge contractors and tax cuts for huge corporations.

Transgender Inclusive Workplace:

AFGE Women's and Fair Practice Departments have developed a Transgender inclusive workplace model policy that locals can use. We have a transgender law center on the policy which includes definition, specific policies and procedures, and a sameple workplace transition plan.  Workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers have been brought to the forefront in government agencies and state legislatures.  AFGE Pride Progamd that supports LGBT workers around the country.

Congress trying to GUT THE CIVIL SERVICE:

The PAGE Act

The popular narrative used by Washington insiders is that the federal government is inefficient and its workers are held responsible for the work that is done. The truth is that the rules currently in place don’t prevent the government from firing bad employees. They make sure punishments against bad employees are justified and good employees aren’t punished wrongly or unfairly.  

The HOLMAN Rule:

In one of their first acts this year, the House of Representatives voted to dust off a rule from the 1870's that allows them to reduce the number of federal employees. This means that any Representative can single out a civil servant who disagrees with them politically, and end their career. It’s been called “a backdoor way … to dismantle the federal workforce,” by Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, and will also allow Congress to reduce pay for government workers  — down all the way to just $1 if they so choose.