AFGE elects new president

AFGE elects new president

The American Federation of Government Employees yesterday elected John Gage as its new national president at its annual convention in Las Vegas.

Gage replaces Bobby Harnage, who has been national president for six years, by earning 53 percent of the vote in a union election.

As president of AFGE Local 1923 in Baltimore, Gage has been in office for more than 20 years, representing about 30,000 employees nationwide at the Social Security Administration, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the National Mediation Board.

Over the next three years, Gage plans to continue the union's fight against the Bush administration's policy of opening federal jobs to competition from the private sector.

'We will make it clear to the American people that the Bush administration's efforts to privatize half of our government's work force have nothing to do with saving money or improving services,' he said. 'It's all about political payoffs for well-connected campaign contributors.'

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