FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 11, 2001

Magda Lynn Seymour
Diane S. Witiak
(202) 639-6419

AFGE Police Officers to Rally on Capitol Hill

Bipartisan Legislation Would Grant Respect

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Members of the American Federation of Government Employees’ (AFGE) Police Officers Steering Committee will join with other federal police officers outside the Capitol to show their support for legislation which would grant “law enforcement officer” status to Immigration and Naturalization inspectors as well as Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Department of Defense and Federal Protective Service police officers. The rally will take place on:

Monday, May 14, 2001
2:30 p.m.
House Triangle—East Front of Capitol


The AFGE-supported bill would reclassify as “law enforcement officers” all federal employees who carry firearms and are responsible for the investigation or apprehension of suspected or convicted criminals.

“Federal employees who daily lay their lives on the line to protect the American people should be treated comparably whether they work for the DVA or the FBI,” said AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage. “AFGE is grateful to Representative Bob Filner (D-Calif.) for his continued efforts to correct this inequity.”

Like other federal law enforcement officers who can currently retire after 20 years of federal service, this bill—to be introduced on Monday, May 14—would extend the 20-year retirement option to those reclassified as “law enforcement officers.”

The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. To learn more about AFGE, visit www.afge.org.

NOTE: Wayne Marion, Chairman of AFGE’s Police Officers Steering Committee, will be available for interviews at the Capitol Hill rally on Monday, May 14, 2001.

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