Union News Archive

12/12/2006
12/12/06: On December 5 and 6, the term negotiations between NTEU and the SEC continued in Washington D.C. These negotiations marked the eighth set of bargaining sessions since May regarding changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. During these sessions, the parties exchanged proposals and discussed the following issues, among others:
Article 6 (Mid-Term Bargaining): Continued discussion of the union's proposal to require management to provide a briefing to the union whenever a change is proposed by management, prior to the union being required to submit written proposals.
Article 7 (... Read more ...
12/12/2006
On December 5 and 6, the term negotiations between NTEU and the SEC continued in Washington D.C. These negotiations marked the eighth set of bargaining sessions since May regarding changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. During these sessions, the parties exchanged proposals and discussed the following issues, among others:
Article 6 (Mid-Term Bargaining): Continued discussion of the union's proposal to require management to provide a briefing to the union whenever a change is proposed management, prior to the union being required to submit written proposals.
Article 7 (Work... Read more ...
12/12/2006
12/12/06: On December 9, 2006, the President signed into law, H.J. Res. 102, the Continuing Resolution (CR) for fiscal year 2007 which will essentially keep the government running through February 15, 2007. Because the Republican-led Congress had not enacted nine of its eleven regular appropriations bills, including the Transportation/Treasury Appropriations bill which includes federal pay, it was necessary to clear this stop-gap measure to ensure that the federal government could continue to operate. Unfortunately, the CR did not address the area of federal employee pay. Therefore, the... Read more ...
11/16/2006
11/16/06: In a positive development with respect to the Student Loan Repayment Program, this week the SEC responded to issues raised by Chapter 293 leadership concerning the agency's recent unilateral changes to the program. As a result, the agency is issuing new notices to a number of affected employees increasing their repayment disbursements.
Prior to this week, the SEC denied or greatly reduced the Student Loan Repayment applications of a number of employees who had less than $10,000 in remaining student loan debt. NTEU challenged this change to the program on the grounds that it was not... Read more ...
11/14/2006
11/15/06: The Chapter 293 Legislative Committee deals with legislative issues and their application to SEC employees, coordinates lobbying efforts and educates Chapter 293 members about legislative activity.
If you are a member of NTEU (or you are willing to become a member), and you are interested in engaging in communications with your local Senators and Representatives regarding issues of importance to SEC employees, you should consider joining the Legislative Committee. We need volunteers from every office in the country. This is a volunteer position that can be a challenging, rewarding... Read more ...
11/14/2006
11/15/06: The term negotiations between NTEU and the SEC continued last week in Washington D.C. These negotiations marked the seventh straight month of bargaining sessions regarding changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. During these sessions, the parties discussed the following issues, among others:
Article 3 (Employee Rights): Attempting to modify the requirement that an employee comply with a management order when it conflicts with applicable standards of professional conduct, extensions of filing deadlines when management denies a request to meet with a Union representative.... Read more ...
11/01/2006
11/01/06: In an important further development on the Student Loan Repayment Program front, it has come to the attention of NTEU that the SEC is unilaterally imposing further limitations upon the repayment benefits distributed this year to a large number of SEC employees. In its notices to these employees, the SEC appears to be asserting that, if an employee owed between $10,000 and $20,000 when he or she participated in the program last year, this year he or she will only be eligible to receive a payment equal to the amount owed last year, minus $10,000.
The SEC's notices on its new... Read more ...
10/24/2006
10/06: The website you are currently viewing replaces Chapter 293's old website. This new site will prominently feature more news on the home page, as well as a great deal of additional content and information. It will be updated more frequently than in the past.
The new site includes a news "Headlines" area, in which new stories will appear at the top of the page. Recent headlines will also appear on the home page, indicating new material that is available on the site. In addition, a new navigation bar with a search feature is available on the left of the site, making it easier to find... Read more ...
10/24/2006
10/06: As you know, NTEU had been bargaining with SEC management for a new compensation agreement for months without reaching agreement. Due to SEC management proposals that NTEU believed were in violation of federal labor law, the parties failed to reach agreement on a new compensation package.
In the federal sector, once an impasse in negotiations is reached, the Federal Services Impasses Panel of seven presidential appointees (who are not subject to Senate confirmation) makes a final decision in the matter. Since 2001, the current Panel has consistently ruled in favor of management and... Read more ...
10/24/2006
10/06: Chapter 293's Term Contract Bargaining Team, which consists of NTEU Chief Negotiator Jurmell James and Chapter 293 members Greg Gilman, Veronica Lewis, Katie Nix, Dean Suehiro and Simmenetta Williams, will meet with management in Washington, D.C., for further negotiating sessions in early November regarding the terms of our Collective Bargaining Agreement.
During the negotiating sessions in October, the parties discussed the following provisions: Article 7 (Work Schedules), Article 19 (Training), Article 20 (Employee Orientation), Article 22 (Health and Safety), Article 39 (Union... Read more ...
10/22/2006
10/06: Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman has named Katie Nix to serve as Chief Steward, and Marshall Gandy to serve as Regional Chief Steward.
Katie Nix is an accountant in the Division of Corporation Finance at Headquarters, where she has long served as a Steward. She is also currently a member of Chapter 293's Term Agreement Bargaining Team, which is charged with negotiating many of the rights and benefits that will be enjoyed by SEC employees over the next few years. Katie will assume the responsibilities of the chapter's Chief Steward, but her primary focus will be upon representational... Read more ...
10/22/2006
10/06: President's Perspective – from Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman - The Merit Pay Process
In what has become a late summer ritual at the SEC, the agency recently distributed annual Merit Pay step increases to employees. Unlike in the past, however, this year the Executive Director’s Office sent an e-mail message to all employees notifying them that the overall funds available for Merit Pay increases were limited this year. Some senior managers also have notified their employees that, as a result of the limited funding, although the average Merit Pay increase in prior years was... Read more ...

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