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Congressional leaders released language this week for a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that will avert a government shutdown at midnight on Friday when current agency appropriations are set to lapse. This CR, the Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 2028) will keep federal agencies running at their current funding levels through April 28, 2017 though agencies will absorb an across-the-board cut of 0.1901%. The measure includes additional funding for defense and other foreign operations as well as emergency natural disaster relief; however, it... Read more ...
Chapter 293 Stewards 2015
WHEN: On Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern, NTEU Chapter 293 will hold its annual member meeting which will be videocast to all regional offices. Union members in Washington, D.C., may want to arrive between 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM to ensure that their names are checked prior to 12:00 PM. After the meeting, we will serve a barbecue lunch to all members in the Multipurpose Room in Headquarters.
NONMEMBERS:  The vast majority of bargaining unit (non-management) employees at the SEC are members of the union. Any bargaining unit employee who is not yet a member of the... Read more ...
White House
Today the President sent Congressional leaders a formal letter transmitting an alternative pay plan for the calendar year 2017 pay raise for federal workers in the General Schedule. Under current law, absent congressional action to establish a pay raise, the annual, across-the-board pay raise for most federal employee pay systems is set automatically using a formula tied to the Department of Labor’s Employment Cost Index (ECI), which measures the rise in private-sector pay.  However, the law also provides the President with the ability to set a different pay raise amount, which is required to... Read more ...
This week, the SEC announced its implementation of this program requiring employees to insert their HSPD-12 ID cards into their keyboards to gain access to the SEC computer network. Through the use of this tool, the SEC will be able to monitor and collect data concerning when employees are on the agency's network and when they are not.
The union does not oppose the use of HSPD-12 cards to ensure the security of the SEC's network. However, in repeated communications with the SEC's Office of Human Resources, the union requested that the SEC agree not to utilize the data it collects from the use... Read more ...
Have you considered some of the important legislation that would impact federal employees that is currently pending in Congress?
Federal Pay Legislation
H.R. 4585 (Connolly-VA) and S. 2699 (Sen. Schatz-HI)-provide federal employees with a 5.3% pay raise in 2017. NTEU Supports.
H.R. 1137 (Rice-SC)-cuts certain federal salaries immediately by 8.7% and limits future pay raises. NTEU Opposes.
Retirement & Health Care Benefits
H. Con. Res. 125-Proposed House Budget for FY2017 (Price-GA) –disproportionately targets federal employee benefit programs, resulting in significantly higher retirement... Read more ...
The House leadership’s proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2017, which calls for significant cuts to discretionary and mandatory spending over the next ten years, advanced out of the House Budget Committee last week on a party-line vote, but House leadership has so far been unable to secure the needed votes to pass it on the House floor.  House leadership has announced their plan to attempt a floor vote in mid-April as they work to secure additional support from Republican members who want greater cuts to overall spending.
Specifically, the budget calls for $49 billion in unspecified cuts in... Read more ...

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