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MARCH 2016




AFSA President Ambas-

sador Barbara Stephenson

welcomed the Federal Postal

Coalition to AFSA headquar-

ters on Dec. 7 for the group’s

annual end-of-year meeting.

The gathering was part

of the association’s ongo-

ing efforts to leverage its

resources and amplify

its advocacy message by

partnering with groups

representing fellow federal

employees. FPC is comprised

of 31 national organizations

that collectively represent

five million middle-class

federal and postal workers

and retirees.

Immediately prior to the

gathering, Amb. Stephenson

held a private meeting with

representatives from the

National Active and Retired

Federal Employees Associa-

tion—also an FPC member.

During this discussion, Ste-

phenson’s first with NARFE

President Richard Thissen

since taking office, the two

resolved to continue close

collaboration on issues

where there is common

cause (e.g., paid parental

leave and pensions and

retirement benefits).

NARFE excels at protect-

ing the benefits available

to all federal employees. By

partnering with NARFE and

other similar groups, AFSA

is better able to focus its

advocacy efforts on issues

specific to the Foreign Ser-



—Maria C. Livingston,

Associate Editor


AFSA representatives presented NARFE President Richard Thissen with an AFSA coin in appreciation for his

organization’s steadfast support of federal employees. From left: AFSA Director of Advocacy Javier Cuebas, AFSA

President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, Thissen, NARFE Legislative Director Jessica Klement and AFSA

Executive Director Ian Houston.

Amb. Stephenson opened the Dec. 7 Federal-Postal Coalition meeting by welcoming the group to AFSA

headquarters and expressing hope for further productive engagement and collective achievements in 2016.

Stephenson and FPC Chairman Alan Lopatin enjoy a light moment during the meeting.

Power in Numbers: Coalition Collaboration