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      The Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839 no longer impede our Union rights the way they once did. The Judge heard our case against the implementation of the Executive Orders and on August 25, she ruled in our favor on several key points. This is great news~ Several of the provisions of the Executive Orders were invalidated and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance to all Agencies instructing them to comply with the court order; on August 30, SSA notified AFGE that they would comply with OPM’s guidance.  

      This means -Our Union official time was reinstated, our office keys were returned, our bulletin board use restored, and we can once again use government equipment to serve you (including .gov email, telephone lines, and copiers/scanners/fax)

      It also means you can:

      • Talk with your Union rep on duty time
      • File a grievance on your appraisal
      • Be represented by the Union
      • Receive at least 120 days to improve your performance if placed on a performance plan.
      • File a grievance on your award.
      • Challenge a decision to terminate you through grievance/arbitration.
      • Communicate with the Union via agency email

      Local 3937 was here for you on our personal time, despite the Executive Orders, and you should keep our contact information handy for future use (Union Cell (206) 519-7630 and Local email afgelocal3937@gmail.com), but for the time being we are back in business and ready to serve employees of the bargaining unit on Official time, in the same capacity as always, albeit with a renewed sense of grit and determination!  

      Thanks to all of you who stood by us in our challenge against the EOs’ illegality and thru the chaos and uncertainty they created. Thanks to all of you who weathered this storm along with us, shoulder to shoulder, as a united front. It’s this kind of comradery and collective effort that makes our Union great, and we could never do it without all of you!  

      In the coming days and weeks, you will begin to see updated fliers and publications posted to your office’s AFGE bulletin board that detail the issues of current importance, including information about our current Contract Bargaining effort with SSA.

      While we have had a small victory, make no mistake, we still face several challenges and your support is crucial to the success of our Union.  

      At stake are contract proposals which would:

      • Eliminate the Vision Program
      • Limit overtime—to only employees management selects.
      • Allow management to maintain files and records on you, without your knowledge.
      • Restrict your ability to take and use leave.

      • Terminate flextime
      • Remove language requiring management to treat employees “fairly and equitably.”
      • Limit LWOP for child-care purposes.
      • Eliminate oversight of the promotion process.

      As we continue negotiations with the Agency to preserve our rights as employees, we should not lose sight of all that we have accomplished so far.

      Once again, we thank you all for your commitment and perseverance through these trying times. We, your Executive team, look forward to getting back to our mission of providing a safe, equitable, and productive work environment for each and every employee. We encourage you to reach out to any of us with your questions, concerns, or comments. We remain steadfast in our determination to represent your interests as we go forward in the coming months.

      In Solidarity,

      Your Executive Team

      Melanie Broady, Local President

      Cassandra Butler, Executive Vice President

      John Pfannenstein, First Vice President

      Laura Novakoski, Secretary

      Tammy Peebles, Treasurer


      (206) 519-7630

      Welcome to the AFGE Local 3937 Website! 

      If you are not a member, now is the time to join. If you ARE a member, log in or register at left, to access How-To guides for filing grievances, tips on handling investigatory or disciplinary meetings, and a searchable link to the Contract.

      Local Business Meeting

      *followed by pizza social and membership event

      To All Members:

      AFGE Local 3937's website will notify members of the time and place of the next scheduled Local Business Meeting. 

      When: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm PST


      Auburn Teleservice Center 

      1901 C St SW.
      Auburn, WA 98001-7426

      When meetings are held at the ATSC, remember that It is a secure building, so remember to have your PIV card and check in with the guard at the front entrance, then come on through to our conference room.

      What: All AFGE members are encouraged to attend and participate our meetings, and to bring any topics to the floor for discussion with your Local officers.

      We will hold our members meeting from 5pm-6pm, then adjourn to the lunch room for pizza and snacks, to discuss current issues you might be interested in and to encourage employees who are not yet members to join us!

      We look forward to seeing you there!

      Several Local officers are in attendance at the annual AFGE Council 220 meeting

      Swearing in of Council 220 Officers and RVPs

      Local Secretary Laura Novakoski, with Seattle Regional Commissioner Stanley Friendship, and Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin

      First Day of the National AFGE 2015 Convention

      First Day of the Constitution Resolution Workshop

      Bryan Sluder,far left VA, Colin Barrett, VA, and Richard Couture, Hearing Office SSA

      Top members listening to to the recommended amendments made by Witold Skwierczynski middle right. Bottom left Sari Plumb and Shannon Gutierrez w/SSA

      Nina Turner at Women's Breakfast giving a motivational speech

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      To designate FEEA this year: CFC#11185 ‘Tis the season for giving! The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is well underway and provides an opportunity for federal employees to donate to charities of their choice. The campaign was established more than 50 years ago and runs until Dec. 15, 2016.

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      Fewer and fewer Americans belong to a union. Membership is down to a historic low of 11.2 percent of the work force, and only 6.7 percent of workers in the private sector. And if the nation’s confidence in the institution is any measure, not many people are mourning its diminishment. According to a Gallup poll, organized labor inspires less confidence than banks.

      Hard Choices on Social Security: Survey Finds Most Americans Would Pay More to Fix Its Finances and Improve Benefits

      PRESS RELEASE: Hard Choices on Social Security: Survey Finds Most Americans Would Pay More to Fix Its Finances and Improve Benefits Large majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents agree For Immediate Release: October 23, 2014 Contact: Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097 WASHINGTON, D.C.

      Should ‘essential’ federal employees receive additional shutdown pay?

      The U.S. government violated federal labor law by failing to provide on-time pay for the legions of federal employees who worked during last year’s 16-day shutdown, a judge ruled this week. The decision, by the chief judge of the U.S.

      Cassandra Butler Wins Outstanding Service in Community Award

      We are as strong as the people in our community. That’s why every three years at our convention, our union recognizes a member who has done an outstanding job being an advocate for his or her local community. This year, the A. Philip Randolph-Hubert H. Humphrey Award is presented to Cassandra Butler, who exemplifies the volunteer spirit both in and outside work.


      Besides balancing her assignment as a full-time Social Security Administration employee and her many union duties, everywhere she goes, Cassandra is always looking for ways to help those in need in her community. And those in need are often young, homeless people who do not have any type of support system to help them deal with difficult situations like drug addiction, pregnancies, mental illness, and domestic violence.  

      When Cassandra began working as a claims representative in the SSA Spokane field office in 2006, she worked for 10 years with pregnant and parenting homeless young women at Alexandria’s House through the Volunteers of America. On top of her full-time job, she spent 40 hours a week helping these young mothers learn the basic skills needed to be a good parent, get through school, and get employed. 

      When she moved to Seattle in August 2015 with a promotion to Quality Review Analyst at the Office of Quality Review, it didn’t take long for her to locate new volunteer opportunities. In January 2016, she began working with homeless young adults at a group-home style transitional community residence called Friends of Youth in Kirkland, Washington. Her volunteer work involved working one-on-one with these young people to prepare them to live on their own. To get to the residence, Cassandra had to commute more than two hours each way on top of a 30-40 hour per week schedule that included overnight shifts. Her level of commitment and caring is inspiring. 

      At the end of 2016, Cassandra made a change to another Friends of Youth facility called The Landing, an emergency shelter for young people in need. A year later, the Landing recognized her dedication and skills by offering her a paid position as program coordinator.  

      Cassandra found that helping people in her community actually helps make her a better federal employee. Both organizations she has been involved in are very connected to SSA as a lot of these young homeless people receive Supplemental Security Income because of their poverty and disability, including mental illness. 

      “It really kind of helps me to see the full scope of who we help and how early on SSA has an impact in young people’s lives and how important it is for the SSA system to stay right here and be available for these young people,” she said.  

      Asked what inspired her to help these young people, Cassandra said she herself became a mom at a young age and so she understands their struggles. Besides, her parents and brother in-law are social workers. 

      “I paid very close attention to the community that my children were growing up in and paid very close attention to what resources were available and what things were lacking for families and decided I was going to start to help to make that better. And moving to Seattle, the homeless crisis over here is even worse,” she explained. 

      Cassandra joined our union 12 years ago when she first started working at SSA after talking to a union rep who was really excited about the work of our union. She got more involved over the years and is currently serving as the executive vice president for Local 3937 and a regional vice president for Council 224. 

      Congratulations, Cassandra, for winning this well-deserved award! You are an inspiration to us all!

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