After a 43-year career, AFGE Chief-of-Staff Brian DeWyngaert has retired. Brian began his career at AFGE in 1978 as a contract negotiator and labor relations specialist shortly before the enactment of the Civil Service Reform Act. Five years later, he joined the union’s National President Office and later became chief of staff, the position he held for 32 years until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2020. He helped guide AFGE through challenges and triumphs spanning seven U.S. presidents from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump, "almost eight if you count his work with the Biden transition team," said AFGE. "Brian is a walking history book when it comes to AFGE, who has been instrumental in the success of our union," said AFGE National President Everett Kelley. As chief of staff, Brian managed 13 AFGE conventions, coordinating their themes, programs, and logistics. And when the union needed attention for its Dirty Chicken campaign against a new rule that increased poultry processing line speeds to unsafe levels, Brian teamed up with then-director Bob Nicklas and showed up in a chicken suit to lead AFGE's rally on Capitol Hill.
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