Union News Archive

04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded BRO Senior Enforcement Attorney Dave London the Excellence in Communications Award. Dave was the sole recipient of the award this year. He was honored for more than seven years of service as Chapter 293's cartoonist, producing the widely acclaimed "London's Calling" series of cartoons on our website. To see some of his work, click here.
"Dave London is an excellent enforcement attorney, but he is also an extraordinary talent as a cartoonist," Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman said this morning. "The art of the political cartoon has a storied history in... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded TM steward Margaret Smith the Excellence in Membership Recruitment Award. Margaret was one of the top membership recruiters in Chapter 293 last year, in addition to her exemplary work representing employees.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Treasury Employees Union's National Steward Training Conference. Dozens of SEC stewards, along with stewards from many other federal agencies, attended the conference, where they received training on a wide range of issues, including the new CBA, compensation matters, performance management,... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded OIT steward Joyce Segura the Excellence in Membership Recruitment Award. Joyce was one of the top membership recruiters in Chapter 293 last year, in addition to her exemplary work representing employees as a steward as well as her service as a member of the Collective Bargaining Unit negotiating team.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Treasury Employees Union's National Steward Training Conference. Dozens of SEC stewards, along with stewards from many other federal agencies, attended the conference, where they received training on a wide... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded FWRO stewards Janie Frank and Jody Moore the Excellence in Representation Award. They were honored for their successful representation of several employees, including one management was seeking to terminate on purported "AWOL" grounds.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Treasury Employees Union's National Steward Training Conference. Dozens of SEC stewards, along with stewards from many other federal agencies, attended the conference, where they received training on a wide range of issues, including the new CBA, compensation matters,... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded San Francisco Regional Office steward Jeff Lyttle the Excellence in Representation Award. Jeff was honored both for his representation of SFRO employees as well as for his work on issues that were national in scope, including his continuing work on the OCIE union task force.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Treasury Employees Union's National Steward Training Conference. Dozens of SEC stewards, along with stewards from many other federal agencies, attended the conference, where they received training on a wide range of issues, including... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded Atlanta Regional Office stewards Deborah Shaw and John O'Halloran Excellence in Courage Awards. They were honored for their exemplary representation of employees on a host of issues in an extremely difficult work environment in Atlanta over the past year.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Treasury Employees Union's National Steward Training Conference. Dozens of SEC stewards, along with stewards from many other federal agencies, attended the conference, where they received training on a wide range of issues, including the new CBA,... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded three SEC Headquarters Enforcement stewards awards for their exemplary work. Drew Panahi and Cate Whiting received the Excellence in Crisis Management Award and Noel Gittens received the Excellence in Representation Award.
Drew and Cate were honored for their successful work in two crisis situations, both of which involved management's efforts to remove employees, purportedly for "AWOL." Noel received his award for representing employees in a number of difficult cases, including a matter in which he was able to obtain thousands of dollars of backpay for... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded Chicago Regional Office steward Dee O'Hair the Excellence in Crisis Management Award. She was honored for her work representing a CHRO employee who faced a situation with a particularly difficult manager. Dee was able to obtain a swift response from senior management to deal with the manager and resolve the situation.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Treasury Employees Union's National Steward Training Conference. Dozens of SEC stewards, along with stewards from many other federal agencies, attended the conference, where they received... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded NYRO stewards Alix Biel, Carol Fava, Azam Riaz and John Graubard the Excellence in Representation Award and James Hanson the Excellence in Crisis Management Award. They were honored for their tireless representational work on behalf of NYRO employees on a wide range of issues, including the NYRO office restacking, several employee removals, a variety of individual grievances and the egress pad negotiations. John Graubard also received a ten-year union service award.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Treasury Employees Union's National... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded OIEA steward and Chapter 293 Secretary April Keyes the Excellence in Commitment and Contribution Award. She was honored for her tireless work behind the scenes on behalf of SEC employees, organizing our annual meetings and lunch and learns and coordinating various other programs. Also receiving this award were Corp Fin stewards James Giugliano, Kay Reid and Dean Suehiro. April also received a ten-year service award.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Treasury Employees Union's National Steward Training Conference. Dozens of SEC stewards,... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded Corp Fin stewards James Giugliano, Kay Reid and Dean Suehiro the Excellence in Commitment and Contribution Award. They were honored for their tireless work behind the scenes on behalf of SEC employees, organizing our annual meetings and lunch and learns and coordinating various other programs. Also receiving this award was OIEA steward April Keyes. Dean and Kay also received ten-year service awards.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Treasury Employees Union's National Steward Training Conference. Dozens of SEC stewards, along with... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded Chapter 293 Vice President Pat Copeland the Excellence in Leadership Award. She was honored for her tireless work on behalf of SEC employees, at the bargaining table in both the CBA and compensation negotiations, as well as on behalf of countless individuals in a myriad of matters. Pat also received a ten-year service award.
The awards ceremony took place during the National Treasury Employees Union's National Steward Training Conference. Dozens of SEC stewards, along with stewards from many other federal agencies, attended the conference, where they... Read more ...
04/02/2014
4/2/14: Yesterday, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan (WI) released his version of a FY 2015 Budget.  As with previous budget proposals authored by Chairman Ryan, it again calls on the federal workforce to assume hugely disproportionate burdens.  The legislation calls for $125 billion in savings from the federal retirement system, including higher pension contributions (or the equivalent of pay cuts) for all federal employees which could amount to 5 to 6% of salary and the end of the FERS supplement, which substitutes for Social Security payments for employees eligible to... Read more ...
03/28/2014
3/28/14:  Legislation (H.R. 4306) was introduced in the House this week by Representatives Gerry Connolly (Va.), Jim Moran (Va.) and Elijah Cummings (Md.) that would provide federal employees with a 3.3% pay increase effective January 2015. NTEU proposed the 3.3% increase several months ago and strongly supports the bill.
As you know, federal employees endured three years of a pay freeze before the meager 1% increase that went into effect this past January. Due to the union's compensation contract at the SEC, this 1% increase was also applied to SEC employees. SEC management has not yet... Read more ...
03/03/2014
3/3/14:  March 3 through March 7 is Telework Week 2014, a global effort to encourage agencies and individuals to pledge to work from home. This year we at the SEC are celebrating over a decade of union-won telework rights at the agency – including a recent expansion of 3, 4 and 5-day per week telework. The union is extremely proud of its track record of expanding telework opportunities for SEC employees, affording them greater flexibility to balance their work and family lives. We wanted to take a moment to trace the history of this important benefit at the SEC, which culminated in an... Read more ...
02/28/2014
2/28/14: Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted on HR 3193, a bill that would reduce the rate of pay for employees of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to that of the General Schedule. The bill would also make the agency subject to the appropriations process and make other detrimental and unneeded changes to its function and structure. The result of this would be disruption and harm to CFPB’s ability to protect consumers. 
NTEU strongly opposed this legislation,which constituted an unprecedented attack on the pay and benefits of a federal financial... Read more ...
02/14/2014
3/3/14:  We regret to inform you that, this week, the union is seeking intervention from a federal mediator at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) regarding the merit salary increase for the FY 2013 rating period that ended on September 30, 2013. This increase should have been paid in January, 2014.  If the issue is not resolved through mediation at FMCS, the union will be required to seek the intervention of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP).
The SEC's current merit pay offer is materially less than what the parties agreed upon last year. Furthermore, management is ... Read more ...
02/14/2014
3/3/14:  The SEC recently briefed union officials on the status of the 1% retirement match that the agency promised to put in place by June 2013, retroactive to January 2013. The agency informed the union that the Office of Human Resources still hopes to have the new match in place prior to April 15, 2014, so that the match can still be made for 2013 contributions under IRS rules. The SEC is attempting to get SEC employees the additional retirement match in accounts that would be managed by another federal agency that already has a similar program set up for its own employees.
At the union’s... Read more ...
01/17/2014
1/17/14: Last week, NTEU won a national grievance against the IRS for its refusal to provide retroactive transit benefits to its employees under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA). The independent arbitrator ordered the IRS to pay retroactive transit benefits to IRS employees for each month in 2012. NTEU has a similar case pending against the SEC, which is scheduled for an arbitration hearing in early 2014. Furthermore, other financial regulators, such as the FDIC and NCUA, voluntarily provided this retroactive transit benefit to their employees. Nevertheless, we have remained... Read more ...
01/16/2014
1/17/14:  NTEU and the SEC are entering into a new agreement this week to provide parking subsidies and bicycle expense reimbursement benefits to SEC employees.
Under the new parking program, eligible employees will be permitted to elect to have money deducted from their bi-weekly pay on a pre-tax basis to cover qualified parking expenses up to the maximum amount permitted by law (currently $245 per month). “Qualified parking” is parking provided to an employee by the SEC, or  on or near the SEC office, or on or near a location from which the employee commutes to work (including by carpool,... Read more ...
12/18/2013
1/17/14: Last month, the Partnership for Public Service (“PPS”) released its Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings for 2013. The PPS rankings are based on the results of the Office of Personnel Management-administered Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), which SEC employees completed in early 2013.
The SEC continued to perform poorly in the rankings. This year it placed 15thof 23 agencies in its category of Mid-Size Agencies.  The SEC was ranked 3rd on the list as recently as 2006. 
The SEC’s scores remained relatively unchanged since 2012. It appears that the single... Read more ...
12/04/2013
12/4/13:  This afternoon, the union filed a national grievance against the SEC for its failure to implement the new professional dues reimbursement program provided in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The new CBA contains a provision requiring the SEC to reimburse SEC employees for their eligible professional dues, “up to $400 per year.” Eligible dues include dues for maintaining licenses  or memberships that are required in order to be employed in an SEC position (for example, attorneys’ and CPAs’ dues), or that, as a practical matter, the SEC encourages employees to hold (for example,... Read more ...
12/03/2013
12/3/13: The current transit subsidy of $245 per month is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013. Unless Congress takes action, the subsidy will drop back to $130 per month on January 1, 2014. NTEU supported legislation pending in the House by Representative Grimm (NY), H.R. 2288, the “Commuter Parity Act of 2013,” and in the Senate by Senator Schumer (NY), S. 1116, the “Commuter Benefits Equity Act of 2013,” which would prevent a reduction in the transit benefit by creating permanent parity between the transit and parking portions of the commuter benefit.
As you may remember, earlier this... Read more ...
10/24/2013
10/24/13:  This week, the union requested assistance from a mediator at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) concerning the SEC’s plan to substantially increase surveillance of SEC employees. The SEC plans to activate “egress pads” at all Regional Offices which will require SEC employees to “card out” whenever they exit the building. This egress pad system will collect exit data, in effect creating a “time clock” system at the SEC. The union and SEC management have a fundamental disagreement over the use of this data to discipline employees for alleged “time and attendance”... Read more ...

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