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The American Federation of Government Employees Local 1858 will hold a virtual town hall meeting for bargaining unit employees Sept. 10 from 6-7 p.m. The event will focus on health and wellness.

The keynote speaker is AFGE National President Everett Kelley. Kelley has led the organization since 2019 and will address national topics, initiatives and concerns and take members’ questions during the hourlong conference call. AFGE Local 1858.

President Abner Merriweather will also speak. He said all bargaining unit employees are encouraged to participate in the virtual town hall. The organization is always seeking innovative ways to engage its membership in order to keep them up to date on important information.

“We want to continue to build better communication with our members. This is especially true during the pandemic,” Merriweather said. “We want to check on employees’ health and well-being and make sure everyone is OK. We’re having very few in person meetings at this time. Our having a virtual town hall is a great way to reach out to everyone and provide them an opportunity to safely voice their concerns. Our national president will join us and provide a national update on topics such as diversity and inclusion, COVID-19 and e-dues, to name a few. We’ll also address these ‘hot topics’ at the local level and get their feedback. Our initiating this platform right now couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m excited.”

For information about the town hall, call the union office at 876-4880. Submit all town hall questions to Here’s the town hall conference call in information: Dial 605-313-5111; access code, 453314#.

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