Senator Collins Meets with President of AFGE Local 0294

President of AFGE Local 0294 Carole Belanger-Bittle works at DFAS Limestone, which employs approximately 600 Department of Defense civilian personnel

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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Carole Belanger-Bittle, the President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 0294 before addressing the union’s Legislative Conference.  Carole, who works at Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Limestone, was visiting D.C. to attend the conference. 


“As President of AFGE’s Limestone chapter, Carole represents hundreds of dedicated employees in Northern Maine who support the Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard by providing crucial finance and accounting services,” said Senator Collins.  “I will continue to advocate for the rights of the more than 15,000 hardworking federal employees throughout Maine, including in Limestone.”


Senator Collins has fought for good pay and benefits, collective bargaining rights, family medical leave, and other matters important to the federal workforce.  Senator Collins worked to secure a civilian pay raise and a new 12-week parental leave benefit for most federal employees, along with several other important provisions, in the fiscal year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).


DFAS Limestone employs approximately 600 Department of Defense civilian personnel and provides finance and accounting services to the entire operational Air Force.


AFGE is the largest federal employee union representing 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. Workers in virtually all functions of government at every federal agency depend upon AFGE for legal representation, legislative advocacy, technical expertise and informational services.