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 Welcome to the AFGE Local 1897 Website. We have put this website together for your use. 




General Membership Meetings

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 1700.  Meetings are held at Union Office Building 220 (address is 601 West D. Avenue, Eglin AFB).  Meetings last no more then one hour.  Pizzas, subs, and BBQ are among the many different items served at each and every meeting.  Call AFGE 1897 at 882-5714 or 678-5713 for further information.



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AFGE Local 1897


Why Join? and How to Join AFGE Local 1897.

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Welcome to our website, we are here to serve you!!

AFGE Local 1897 represents thousands of personnel at Eglin AFB, Hurlburt & Duke Field and also we have members at many other sites throughout Northwest Florida.

AFGE Local 1897 recently filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge alleging that the Labor Relations Office refused to bargain in good faith with the Union. the Federal Labor Relations Authority (Atlanta Region) Found that the agency did not Bargain in good faith and took the issue to Court. The Administrative Judge ruled in Favor of the Union: The results of the hearing can be review at the following link:


The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest and most influential federal and D.C. employees union in the United States and we’re growing stronger every day.

AFGE Local 1897 and 96 TW have entered into a Labor-Management Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to improve mission effectiveness and the work life of employees assigned to the Eglin Complex. See pdf of the meeting minutes, from 5 Nov 2014 and the LMF charter. To see each Pdf click on “5 Nov 2014” and also click on “LMF charter”.

AFGE Furloughed employees met for a Rally at Congressman Jeff Miller office in Ft Walton Beach. We were there again at 08:00 AM on 7th Oct 2013!!  His office is located at:  348 S.W. Miracle Strip Parkway, Suite 24 Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548.

 All Furloughed employees should thank these employees who Rallied for you to go back to work and to get your job money again.

 To see the full picture of your furloughed friends who Rallied for You click on each picture.


We have provided all sorts of learning resources for your access. We have also provided on this website the agreements we have setup with management to protect your job.

Safety Issue; Management is reluctant to provide this information about an unhealthful working condition for employees at Dorm 19 here on base. For your safety, you can read the Dorm 19 safety issues by clicking on > “Dorm 19 IAQ 9 Sep 13.pdf”


Click on  "Sequestration and Furloughs" To Learn Important Information, See Example Email, and What You Should Do When You Receive A Notice of Proposed Furlough!!  If You Have Received a Furlough Notice Also Click on "AFGE - Furlough Notice Workshop Invite" For More Information!!


The U.S Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently conducted a safety inspection.  OSHA has provided a safety inspection report and “Notice to Employees” that explains the safety violations.  This document describes Unsafe and Unhealthful Working Conditions and violations of Safety laws.   A non DOD agent (OSHA) had to resolve these serious safety issues.   As with the furloughs, it also appears a Non DoD organization will be required to correct all the wrongs.  Thank you OSHA!!!  To read this document please Click on “Notice of Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions and Notice To Employees”

Thanks and Good job to two of our stewards, Executive Vice President and local President!!!   Testing Designated Positions (TDP) Error!!  Our Union has successfully removed nearly 400 bargaining unit employees (BUEs) from the Random Drug Testing Program at Eglin AFB. We opposed the unilateral placement of BUEs in TDPs beginning in 2011. It took the combined efforts of Steward Joe Longmire (research), Steward Matt Bowser (grievance representation), Executive Vice President Alan Cooper (coordination with United States Senator Bill Nelson) and local President Thaddeus Wallace (coordination with AFGE Council 214, Civilian Personnel, Pentagon) to get this done! Once Senator Nelson and his staff, namely, Ms Lynn Banister (Out Reach Director), engaged, it was downhill sledding! Those BUEs who were in positions that were erroneously designated as TDP should be receiving notification from management in the very near future informing them that they no longer occupy a position designated as TDP, and are no longer subject to random drug testing. Here is a must read document you can read by clicking on > "The Department Of Air Force Letter To The Senator" to see what is happening!!  You can come by the Union and find out if this impacts you!

Mr. Thaddeus Wallace, the president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1897 and Brig. Gen. David Harris, the 96th Test Wing commander signed an agreement to establish a labor-management forum Nov. 6 2012 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The goal of the forum is to create a high performance work environment that addresses future challenges while fostering a high quality-of-work life for employees.  We are pleased with this agreement.  We are finally coming to a point where management and labor can sit down and work things through pre-decisional involvement in a forum that will benefit the mission. Once we get started with all the pre-decisional involvement we'll see a lot of improvement.


*** Here is a past AFGE Local 1897 Newsletter that will show some of the issues we have worked.


Are you having job issues and need help?

The First step is to learn all your rights; our website will help you with this task.

Reference your Weingarten Rights and access our Learning Resources to better understand your rights.

Download and fill out the 913 Grievance Form and coordinate with us and we will work to resolve all your issues. We have timelines that we have to follow, so please promptly contact us so we can work with you to resolve all your issues.   




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