NFFE Has Incredible Year in Membership Growth; Growing 6.3% in 2021


May 9, 2022

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is pleased to announce that 2021 was one of the very best organizing years for our union in the past several decades, achieving 6.3% net growth in the twelve-month period ending in December of last year. Further, with the membership gains from 2021 NFFE has fully recovered from membership losses that were suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, NFFE welcomed to our union family the workers at five GEO facilities in California and another in Georgia, as well as FL 2021, a local of USDA APHIS Animal Care Veterinarians. In addition, many existing NFFE Locals recruited their co-workers to join our union through the 2021 NFFE Organizing Donation Program (ODP). We encourage every local to take advantage of the 2022 ODP. More information on that can be found here.

We are happy to share that our organizing push has not slowed down in 2022, as new workers across the country are accessing the value NFFE provides for federal employees at several different agencies. Whether it is at the bargaining table, on Capitol Hill, in the media, or in legal proceedings, NFFE is committed to ensuring our membership is fully empowered to make a difference in the workplace.

The power of our union is only possible because of our membership. Our strength is in our numbers. We must grow our dues-paying membership in order to confront the immense challenges that the federal workforce and all public servants are sure to face in the years ahead. The attacks on federal workers and unions are never-ending, and we must organize and grow to win these fights that will have major consequences on our workplaces, our families, and our communities. Membership growth is also the key to proactive changes we want to achieve that will make NFFE-IAM members’ lives better.

“Our growth in membership in 2021 is further evidence that what our union is doing is working and working well,” said NFFE National Organizing Director Ethan West. “There is an appetite amongst workers, both in our existing locals and outside of them, who want what NFFE brings to the table in their workplaces. From the Organizing Donation Program, to our organizing drives and initiatives in the field, I know that if we continue to keep doing the things we are doing and scaling them up as we grow, that the coming months and years will be just as fruitful, if not more, than 2021. I am incredibly excited to see where we go from here, and I look forward to being a part of all the great work our union does every single day to maintain our dedication to growth at every level.”

“I am extremely proud of the way NFFE has bounced back since the COVID pandemic began, and every member played a part in making it happen,” said NFFE National President Randy Erwin. “As more employees are returning to their jobs in-person, we encourage NFFE-IAM members to continue talking with their co-workers about all the things this union does to improve the lives of its members. With each new member we are building one of the strongest unions in the labor movement. I look forward to everything we will accomplish together in 2022 and the coming years.”