Federal employees have many wonderful benefits that come directly from their specific federal agency. In addition to these benefits and services, Feds can join unions that focus on their specific profession, organization, or on the Federal work place in general.
The US Government recognizes a slew of unions representing different employees. Three of the largest are the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) with 600,000 members, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) with 100,000 members, and the National Treasury Employee Union (NTEU) with 150,000 members. A comprehensive list is also managed by the Office of Personnel Management that includes over 80 recognized Federal unions.
Membership in most of these organizations costs about $20 per pay period so take the time to review the benefits you might receive before joining.
Do you belong to a union? If you do, why? And have you found value in that membership since joining?