Arleen Winfield retired from her 37 year-long career at the Department of Labor in 2006. But don’t let the word 'retired' fool you. As an active member of a local club that engages in grassroots mobilization and advocacy work in Washington, Winfield is very busy. Earlier this month, she visited the national office of the American Federation of Government Employees for a similar purpose: to help establish a network of AFGE retirees across the country. “I’m sad when I hear people talking badly about the government and unions,” she said while balancing a plate of brownies on her lap. “It’s the union that built the middle class in this country,” she added. Winfield was among two dozen people who attended AFGE’s first retiree reception, held in the AFGE National President’s office. “These are people who have dedicated their lives to public service and organizing is in their blood," said Julie Tippens, AFGE's retiree director. "They have spent much of their lives lifting up the voices of working people and have been on the front lines of the labor and civil rights movements for decades."
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