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Federal Employee Union Elects New President

The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union, elected a new president on Wednesday during its national convention in Las Vegas.

J. David Cox
, previously the union's secretary-treasurer, will be sworn in Thursday as the union's new president. He beat AFGE Local 12 president Alex Bastani, who represents Labor Department employees, and replaces retiring president John Gage, Government Executive reports.

"The strength of unity is the only way we are going to fight back against the anti-government and anti-union forces that want to dismantle the vital programs and services federal employees provide each and every day to millions of Americans," Cox said in a statement.

During AFGE's 2012 legislation conference held in the spring, Cox "gave a rousing speech to union members," Government Executive reports, in which "he criticized congressional efforts to extend the federal pay freeze and increase the amount government workers contribute to their pensions."

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