Why Join?

When you become an AFGE member, you join more than 309,000 other government employees who are united to build a government that works for all Americans and not just the rich and powerful. By standing together, AFGE members have a stronger voice when defending your pay, retirement and job security.

AFGE Local 0252 is a self-sustaining, not-for-profit organization that exists for the betterment of its members. Your dues pay for expenses incurred in contract negotiations, arbitration, servicing members, legal fees, organizing new members and communications among many other responsibilities. Based on the 2018 Management Imposed Edict, union officers do not receive “Official Time” and therefore volunteer to represent members and conduct union affairs during the duty day in addition to their full-time job responsibilities.

It is wrong to assume that you merely pay dues as a return investment for financial gain. Union members pay dues for the same reason civic, faith-based, cultural, business, and professional association members pay dues: It costs money to run an organization, and particularly in our case, it also costs money to defend the best interests of the membership.

What don’t my Union Dues pay for?

It is illegal for Union Dues to be used as contributions to union electoral campaigns, federal political campaigns, and the private benefit of any union employee.