Reasons to Join Blacks In Government
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Why Should I Join BIG?
|1. BIG WORKS FOR YOU:|
BIG is the only organization dedicated to the interests of the African American
public servant. Other organizations may touch upon the problems that impact you
but BIG is made up of people who share your interests, your concerns, and your
2. BIG IS AN ADVOCATE:
speaks out on issues affecting the government workplace. BIG testified before
the Congress on legislations reforming the EEO process, racial discrimination in
government, and affirmative employment. BIG also spoke out on the disparate rate
of discharge of African Americans from the federal service, the national
performance review, and downsizing. BIG recently had a public hearing on the
assault against affirmative action.
3. BIG IS AN EMPLOYEE SUPPORT GROUP:
If you have a problem on the job, your BIG chapter can be an excellent
resource for help and counsel. Many BIG members have dealt with similar problems
and can suggest strategies for combating them. BIG also has a list of attorneys
experienced in handling the type of problems BIG members may encounter.
4. BIG IS A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Every year BIG sponsors a national training
conference which brings together national leaders and experts from around the
country to address Black government workers. The conference is a unique training
experience for government workers, providing you an exposure to issues often
overlooked in the day-to-day workplace.
5. BIG IS A COMMUNITY RESOURCE:
Your BIG chapter can be a strong force in the community helping to fight
such community problems as drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, AIDS, illiteracy, and
voter registration. The skills you develop on the job can be invaluable in
promoting community activities through your BIG chapter.
|6. BIG IS NETWORKING: |
By becoming a member
of BIG, you are becoming a part of an organization that includes workers from
all levels of government and all areas of the public workforce. The national
training conference provides opportunity to meet experts from around the
country, employers from other agencies, and pick up information and resources
that can help you professionally and in your personal growth.
7. BIG IS A CHANCE TO MAKE A
We can accomplish together what you cannot do alone.
With BIG you can work toward your goals with people who have similar goals. You
can do something about the institutional and socioeconomic problems you face in
the workplace and in the community. You can use your skills and talents in a
setting in which they are needed.
8. BIG KEEPS YOU
BIG keeps you up to date with the latest developments
affecting the African American government employee. From the Washington, D. C.
headquarters, we publish the monthly BIG Bulletin, and a quarterly magazine, The
BIG Reporter. Regions and chapters also publish newsletters that focus on local
9. BIG RECOGNIZES YOUR
Each year BIG gives out awards to those who have
made a major contribution to the goals and objectives of the organization.
Regional councils and local chapters also recognize such achievements. These
awards set role models for excellence in government service.
10. BIG IS AN
BIG is the chance you have been waiting for to step
up and take your place in the loop. To be a part of the fast-moving events that
affect your world as a government employee, you need an organization like BIG
that can speak for you and through which you can voice your views. If you are
concerned about equity, excellence, and opportunity in government, you should