AFGE 2959's Officers

States covered by Local 2959 are: Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas


AFGE Local 2959 is conducting an investigation on behalf of Bargaining Unit Employees (BUEs) who are located in  Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma   that were improperly denied overtime pay from January 1, 2011 to present.  Attached is a questionnaire for you to complete to the best of your knowledge and ability and return to Local 2959 President at the above e-mail address.  You may either fill in your answers and return it in MSWord, or print it out and return it in PDF format.   Without your information and input, we will be unable to confirm if you have been negatively  impacted and whether you would potentially be entitled to compensation if Local 2959 prevail in this matter.

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OT  Questionnaire Form - 20140311 PDF

OT Questionnaire Form-20140311 Word


Court of Federal Claims ruled in Martin v. U.S. that the Government violated the FLSA by not paying minimum wage on employees' regularly scheduled paydays during the October 2013 Shutdown.


AFGE Local 2959 filed Appendix K for the Overtime grievance and Bargaining Unit employees performing higher graded duties.

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Johnnie Green


I Hello, my name is Johnnie Green, Local President of AFGE Local 2959.  AFGE Local 2959 represents all Bargaining Unit Employees in states such as Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.   I represented Local 2959 in the development and ratification of the 2013 Master Labor Agreement. I represent AFGE Local 2959 members and bargaining unit employees in grievances, unfair labor practices, and EEO filings for the areas of Arkansas
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Michael C. Kelly

National Vice President


My first experience with AFGE was a rewarding one. I worked for the Department of Defense as an aircraft mechanic, performing operational modifications on B-52’s. My supervisor summoned me into our break-room, and handed me my annual appraisal rating. Having received many appraisals, I believed this one was not going to be any different than those in the past. When I first glanced at my rating I realized that this rating was not like those I had received in the past.
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Shawn C. Petty

National Fair Practices Affirmative Action Coordinators

The National Fair Practices Affirmative Action Coordinators (NFPAAC) were established by Convention action in 1980. The NFPAAC is charged with mobilizing AFGE members around civil, human and workers’ rights issues in their District, and to work closely with National Women's Advisory Coordinators (NWAC) and the National Vice President for Women

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Diana Snedegar

National Women’s Advisory Coordinator

The National Women’s Advisory Coordinators (NWAC) were established by Convention action in 1974. The NWAC is charged with mobilizing AFGE members around women's issues in their District, and to work closely with the National Fair Practices Affirmative Action Coordinators (NFPAAC) and the National Vice President for Women and Fair Practices to help raise the concerns of women and working families
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Glen R. Bates

Vice President

Stewart After all most nine years in the U.S. Army as a Cannoneer (Field Artillery) and Personnel Management Specialist, my Civil Service career began at MBDA, U.S. Department of Commerce on February 4, 1985. My employment at SBA started on August 13, 1990 at the Dallas Division of Program Certification and Eligibility (DPCE) Unit.  I have been a Program Support Assistant in Lender Relations (formerly Finance Division) from June 17, 2003 until the present.

Annie M. Jones


I was born, raised and educated here in Fort Worth, TX.  I joined the SBA team in April 1998, as an Automation Trainee, and today I’m a part of the Business Development Team. Prior to that, I have worked with SBA’s Legal Division, Lender Relations and Administration all here in Dallas/Fort Worth I became a member of AFGE’s Local 2959, March 1999


Eduardo J. Maglione


Graduated from Hendrix College B.A.  studied accounting and economics Graduated from Bowen UALR School  of Law  Been with the agency for 17 ½ years all with the same department. Been a steward since September Bilingual –Spanish & English speaker.
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Michael Taylor


I graduated from Arkansas State University. After college, I worked as an industrial engineer for seven years. After my father passed away, I moved back to the Jonesboro, Arkansas area to help my mother oversee the family farm and obtained a job in banking. During the early banking years, I went back to college at nights and took accounting courses. I worked in banking for 29 years. During that time, I managed

Elizabeth Soliz


Dedicated with strong background in small business development and management. Extensively experienced in optimizing the positive impacts and contributions that small businesses contribute to economic development and the growth of the local economies. Successfully lead team of business development counselors and administrative personnel to deliver effective program of services and counseling activities to small businesses resulting in new business and job creations, economic impact and increased revenues.
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Gilbert Soliz, Jr



  A  member of AFGE Local 2959 since 2009, I also began my Civil Service career as Director for the Minority Business Opportunity Committee/U.S. Department of Commerce, Corpus Christi, Texas from 1994 to 1997; then with the U. S. Small Business Administration/Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office, Harlingen, Texas from mid-1997 to present; and currently holding the position as Business Opportunity Specialist responsible for the District Office 8(a) Business Development Portfolio and the Federal HUBZone Program (assigned as the District’s Liaison).  I have a Bachelors Degree of Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas (formally Texas A& I University)


Abraham Salazar 




  I was born and raised in El Paso, TX. I have worked for SBA since 2005, started as a contractor for WPS, and then made the switch to SBA in 2007. Started in the mail room as an Admin assistant  and worked my way up to my current position as an LSA.

James Baker  





I have worked here in the United States Small Business Administration, El Paso Disaster Loan Servicing Center as an Information Technology Support Specialist since Aug 2009. Before that I had worked for Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Defense Co., and Oracle Corporation as a Computer and/or Network Systems Administrator. I earned my Master of Science degree in Computer Systems Management while serving for twelve years in the United States Army as a Field and Fixed Station Radio Repairman.

Lori N. Bullock 




 I was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia. I have been with the Small Business Administration in El Paso Disaster Loan Servicing Center since October, 2006. I have a strong background in lending, banking and collections and have had the opportunity to utilize and improve my experience in my travels as an Army wife.  I grew up in a union home with my father and stepfather serving as Treasurer and President for the Communication Workers of America.  Consequently, after securing employment with Bell Atlantic Telephone in Charleston, I became a steward for CWA.  Now, as a member of AFGE, I am proud to be able to serve in the same capacity.

Charles Davis


I started out in Disaster and worked a flood at New Madrid, MO.   Then I worked at the Service Center in Little Rock,   AR buying bank guarantees. In May, 2008 I  transferred to the Arkansas District office as Business Development Specialist. Numerous Letters of Accommodation from Mayors, Congressmen, Senators and business owners


Adriana Tremillo


I graduated from the University of Texas in El Paso with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. I have been working with The El Paso Disaster Loan Servicing Center since February of 2006. I am a Loan Specialist and have solid knowledge of Small Business Administration (SBA) rules, regulations, policies, and procedures as related to disaster loan servicing job accountabilities. I became a member of AFGE’s Local 2959 on July 31, 2014.

Deitra J Neely

Public Relations Officer

I have been with the Little Rock Commercial Loan Service Center as a Loan Service Assistant for thirteen years. I began as a contractor in 2002 and became a federal employee in 2007. I am the past Secretary for the Local 2959 as well as past Steward for the Little Rock Loan Service Center. I have attended the National Partnership Council in Washington, DC. I received Steward Certification training from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as well as certification training in Federal Mediation.



Ivan C. Corrales


Ivan Corrales, MSgt, USAF (Ret), is an Economic Development Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration. He is the Veteran Business Development Officer and serves as the District point of contact for Veteran inquiries.  Ivan works as a Business Opportunity Specialist linking Small Businesses to contracting opportunities. He works with exporters as the District international Trade Officer. He is also the Small Business Development Center Project Officer who oversees the Lead Center and Center throughout the state. Ivan is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University with an MBA.

TeeJay Bailon

TeeJay Bailon


I am the Field Information Technology Specialist (FITS) for Region 5 & 6. I've been with SBA since June 1984. I've worked in the New York District Office, North Carolina District Office & Albuquerque District Office in the Information Technology field as either a District Information Technology Specialist or as a FITS.




TeeJay Bailon

TeeJay Bailon


Ms. Duran Poole serves as an Economic Development Specialist in the Entrepreneurial Development Division and the Public Information Officer in SBA’s New Mexico District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.  She works diligently to build strong relationships to encourage entrepreneurship, support economic growth and promote prosperity for all Americans. Sandra prepares and disseminates releases of information on all of SBA’s programs, products, services and initiatives that are available to the small business community.  She works cooperatively with the press to bring attention to small business issues and to highlight small business success stories. 


Sandra also works as Native American Liaison as part of her Central Market Duties.  She is the Project Officer for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program and has managed the program for the last 7 years.  Sandra is also the Project Manager for Small Business Week, the New Mexico Resource Guide and is the Disaster Assistance Coordinator. 

Sandra has earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration Degree from New Mexico Highlands University.She has 24 years of federal government service.






Federico Reimers-Cuellar  Steward

John S Arriola                      Steward

Carlos Rubalcaba                Steward