American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Law and Legal Definition

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is an American labor union affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). It represents over 600,000 employees of the federal government, about 5,000 employees of the District of Columbia, and also some private sector employees, mostly in and around federal facilities. This labor union is the largest union for civilian, non-postal federal employees and the largest union for District of Columbia employees.

AFGE helps to provide good government services while ensuring that government workers are treated fairly and with dignity. The union supports a meaningful transformation of the federal workplace to improve the way services and benefits are delivered to the American public.

AFGE has played an important role in the struggle for women's rights and civil rights in the federal sector. The motto of American Federation of Government Employees at the time it was established was "To Do For All That Which No One Can Do For Oneself".

Union membership is entirely voluntary. The federal employees are barred from being candidates for partisan political office and no dues money may be spent on partisan political campaigns.

AFGE represents almost every type of worker in the American economy, blue collar and white collar.