Michigan Air National Guard employees join AFGE

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    In a vote certified on Oct. 4, Michigan Air National Guard workers chose the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) to become their exclusive labor representative, the union announced Tuesday.

    The election was held after the Federal Labor Relations Authority in May ordered a new union election for employees in the Michigan Air National Guard. AFGE Local 2077 now represents 602 employees in the Michigan Air National Guard, including 213 who were previously part of AFGE and 389 who were previously represented by the Association of Civilian Technicians (ACT).

    Most member work at Selfridge Air National Guard Base performing base-wide operational and support functions, including air traffic control, civil engineering, aircraft maintenance, firefighting and deployment.

    “AFGE fought hard to win the right to represent these workers and we could not be more excited to roll up our sleeves and get to work,” said AFGE District 7 National Vice President Dorothy James, whose district includes Michigan.

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