AFGE Activists also to Discuss Widespread Staffing Needs, Collective Bargaining, and Privatization on AFGE Radio Show

WASHINGTON—The dire need for reform at the District’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) will be discussed this week on the American Federation of Government Employees’
(AFGE) “Inside Government” radio show. The show will air on
Friday, April 2 at 10 a.m. ET nationwide on Federal News Radio at blocked::http://www.federalnewsradio.com/” href=”http://www.federalnewsradio.com/” target=”_blank””>www.federalnewsradio.com
and 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C., area.

AFGE D.C. government Local 383 President Johnnie Walker, who has worked with juveniles for more than 30 years, most recently at DYRS, will address the critical situation at the overcrowded agency. With more
than 800 committed youths at DYRS, Walker will discuss how
overpopulation at the agency can lead to increased violence throughout
the city.

AFGE members from around the country then will highlight their most pressing issues, ranging from D.C. government privatization efforts to inadequate staffing throughout the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Guests
include AFGE Environmental Protection Agency Local 3607 President Karen
Kellen and Legislative Advocate Dave Christensen, Department of Defense
Local 2516 Secretary-Treasurer Susie Peru, and Bureau of Prisons Local
1302 Treasurer Mike Schnobrich.

But first, Economic Policy Institute’s Josh Bivens will discuss the new health care legislation and its impact on the economy in the years ahead. Bivens also will address the need to increase job growth before
tackling the federal deficit.

“Inside Government” is hosted by AFGE Assistant General Counsel J. Ward Morrow. Programs are archived on the Federal News Radio Web site and can be heard on demand at www.federalnewsradio.com
or www.afge.org/insidegovernment.
Please note there will be a short advertisement prior to the start of
the program. The program also is available via iTunes podcast by ” href=”http://phobos.apple.com/webobjects/mzstore.woa/wa/viewpodcast?id=212048686″”>clicking
. Users must install iTunes on their computers before accessing
“Inside Government” via podcast.

Listeners also can follow the program on Facebook (AFGE Inside Government) and Twitter (@afgeradioshow).

For instructions on how to listen to “Inside Government,” click here.

For more information, please visit www.afge.org/insidegovernment or blocked::http://www.federalnewsradio.com/” href=”http://www.federalnewsradio.com/””>www.federalnewsradio.com.


The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

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