AFGE Congratulates New Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Jan. 23, 2009

Union says Napolitano Will Keep Nation Secure

WASHINGTON , Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Federation of Government Employees today congratulated former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano on her Senate approval as Secretary of Homeland Security. AFGE, the nation's largest federal employee union, said Napolitano is a champion of labor and looks forward to working closely with her to keep the nation secure.

"Napolitano was an ideal pick by the president. Her swift confirmation is a testament to her sterling reputation," said AFGE National President John Gage . "We are confident she can balance the need to keep the nation safe while protecting the privacy of our citizens."

Napolitano also has proven she is a friend of labor. Among other reasons, she signed an executive order in December allowing the state to engage in informal talks with union officials about budgeting and other issues.

"AFGE is eager to work with Secretary Napolitano," Gage added. "We believe she understands the important role labor plays in fighting terrorism, securing our borders and keeping Americans safe."

AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia , including the largest constituency of DHS employees comprising Border Patrol, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Protective Service, FEMA and TSA, among other agencies.

SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees

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