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NFFE celebrates 100th

The National Federation of Federal Employees—known to most as simply NFFE—is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary.

NFFE was the first federal civil service employee union founded, and came into being in September 1917. At that time, the federal workforce was not organized into its current formal system of employee classifications—and at that time for feds there was no overarching pay system, no pensions, no health insurance.

“For 100 years and counting, like its founding members, NFFE continues to fight for the rights of federal workers and to preserve a talented federal workforce designed to meet the needs of the American people,” stated Randy Erwin, NFFE National President.  “In doing so, we vigorously defend the principles that ensure we will never return to the days of political patronage in the federal government.”

“Members of this union are proud to be a part of America’s first civil service federal employee labor organization,” Erwin continued. “I believe the founding members of NFFE would view the achievements of the last 100 years with a swelling of pride, and they would be happy to know that we are firmly focused on the next 100 years of progress for America’s dedicated federal employees.” 

A statement by the union to mark the occasion stated that “while significant progress” had been made, through the cooperative efforts of federal unions and federal officials, for feds and their families, “still achievements of the past are continually threatened by lawmakers and others who make light of historical hard lessons learned.”

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