Legislative Conference a Huge Success as Members from Across the Country Stand for Federal Employees

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The 2011 NFFE-IAM Legislative Conference was a huge hit for NFFE-IAM members. The weeklong conference saw NFFE-IAM members bring the voice of our nation’s federal workers to the halls of Capitol Hill. The conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, just blocks from the home of America’s seat of government here in Washington, DC.

Throughout the week, members listened to several prominent speakers, attended rallies, receptions, and of course, met with members of Congress. NFFE-IAM members also had the opportunity to network with their brothers and sisters from across the country, as one, in solidarity. The message that members brought with them: federal workers are not the cause of our fiscal problems, they are a valuable part of the solution.

The brilliant speakers that attended the conference had in the members in constant applause as they derided the anti-union forces infecting our politics and the media. Some of the speakers included Ed Shultz from the Ed Shultz Show on MSNBC, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Representative Norm Dicks (D-WI), the Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO Arlene Holt-Baker, and Department of Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood.

On Wednesday May 11, the IAM hosted their Congressional Reception. In attendance were several members of Congress, notably Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Also, making a surprise appearance, Department of Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis gave a compelling speech about the current state of the labor movement.

Overall, the conference was fantastic and we wish that all of our members can attend next year. It’s a great time to meet some of your Brothers and Sisters in NFFE and throughout the IAM. Also, it’s a great time to head to your Congressional offices to lobby your member of Congress to tell them that federal workers are just as hardworking and dedicated as any other public servant. The more we do together, the farther our voice will travel.

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