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Labor leader will relinquish top post

The longtime head of the largest union representing federal employees this week notified members that he will step down after nine years in the position.

The longtime head of the largest union representing federal employees this week notified members that he will step down after nine years in the position.

In a June 4 letter to union members, American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage said he will not run for another three-year term, but will leave the top spot on Aug. 13. He has worked full-time for the union since 1977.

Gage, who is 66, said he is leaving the position to spend more time with his family, and noted that he will not retire from labor activism outright.

“I want to contribute to the labor movement in other ways,” he wrote in the letter, “whether it’s organizing new members, negotiating contracts, speaking to activists, all of those essential ingredients to trade unionism that I love: I am at your service.”

Before he relinquishes the presidency of the union, Gage said he aims to finish negotiating AFGE’s first contract with the Transportation Security Administration, and that he will continue to work on the union’s political program for the 2012 election.

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