About NAGE

The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) is an organization of members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.

We are public workers—federal, state, county, and municipal employees—police officers, firefighters, correctional officers, health care workers—nurses, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians—office workers, professional workers, and allied workers.

We seek a stronger union to build power for ourselves and to protect the people we serve.

Women and men of every race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, physical ability and sexual orientation, we are the standard-bearers in the struggle for social and economic justice begun nearly half a century ago by shipyard workers who dared to dream beyond their daily hardships and to organize for economic security, dignity and respect. 

Who We Represent

NAGE members live and work in 43 different states from Hawaii to Illinois to Florida. We are nurses, accountants, attorneys, pharmacists, engineers, police officers, park rangers, scientists, and administrative officials. We are the workers who make America work.

Federal Division

Our federal members work in the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Transportation, Air Traffic, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security, National Marine Fisheries, Department of Transportation, and other federal corporations and agencies.

State Division

NAGE represents 22,000 workers in over 60 state agencies in Massachusetts.

County and Municipal Division

Our county and municipal members are ad-techs, professionals, nurses, electricians, plumbers, caseworkers, and just about any other workers you can think of that keep our cities and towns running and our citizens healthy.

Public Safety Division

IBPO—the International Brotherhood of Police Officers represents law enforcement officers in many areas of the country, particularly in the South and on the East Coast.

IBCO—the International Brotherhood of Correctional Officers represents members throughout the state of Massachusetts and along the East Coast


EMT and Paramedic Division

IAEP—the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics—at 10,000 members strong—is the largest EMS union in the country

Our Affiliates

CFPBA—The Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association represents sheriffs, police, corrections, probation and public employees—2,000 members in 12 eastern Florida counties.


NJFMBA—The New Jersey State Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association represents 5,000 firefighters and EMS providers across New Jersey.

History of NAGE

The National Association of Government Employees was created July 16, 1961 at a convention of the Federal Employees Veterans Association (FEVA) in Dedham, Massachusetts by Kenneth T. Lyons. FEVA had been formed by World War II veterans working for the federal government to secure higher wages, better benefits and improved work rules. FEVA's primary base of support were workers at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard.

President John F. Kennedy had made it known to Mr. Lyons that he would sign an executive order which would establish collective bargaining rights for federal employees. But veterans' organizations were excluded from collective bargaining.

At the 1961 convention, FEVA delegates voted to change the name of the organization to NAGE and change the purpose of the association.

President Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988 on January 12, 1962, granting collective bargaining rights to federal workers.

In 1970, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) affiliated with NAGE. The IBPO affiliation significantly altered the goals of NAGE, broadening and diversifying the membership base significantly.

In 1977, Unit 6, a Massachusetts professional employee bargaining unit, affiliated with NAGE. Unit 6 became the first state bargaining unit to affiliate with the union. Massachusetts state bargaining Unit 1 and Unit 3 joined NAGE shortly thereafter.

In 1982, NAGE affiliated with SEIU.

In 1991, the International Association of EMTs and Paramedics (IAEP) was created by NAGE to represent employees in emergency medical services. With the formation of Local 1 of IAEP, NAGE began representing workers in the private sector.


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