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12/14/2011

 12/14/11:  Most agencies are currently funded by a Continuing Resolution that will run out at midnight, Friday, December 16th.  Because Congress has not completed work on FY 2012 funding bills there could be a partial government shutdown at that time. The SEC's budget has not yet been approved... Read more ...
12/13/2011

 12/14/11: Yesterday, by a vote of 234-193, the House of Representatives passed HR 3630, a bill that offsets an extension of the payroll tax holiday with huge cuts to federal employee pay and benefits. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration there. NTEU sent this letter to each House... Read more ...
12/13/2011

 12/13/11: Last week, in this attached letter to the House leadership, a coalition of fifty members of the House of Representatives urged that any year end legislation include language maintaining parity between the parking and mass transit portions of the transportation fringe benefit. Without... Read more ...
12/13/2011

 12/13/11: Last Spring, NTEU launched an effort to obtain a mid-year increase in the mileage deduction for business-related travel to account for rising fuel prices from the 51¢ set in January 1, 2011. While it is unusual to have a mid-year adjustment, NTEU wrote this letter to IRS Commissioner... Read more ...
12/13/2011

12/13/11:  Commissioner Luis Aguilar was sworn in to a second SEC term by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey last week in a ceremony at SEC Headquarters in Washington. He was reappointed by President Obama on October 24, 2011 for a term that ends on June 5, 2015.

In what many observers ... Read more ...
12/13/2011

12/13/11: Next year, for Christmas 2012, the Union will be bringing back the Red Wagon Parade program for gathering Christmas toys for local children in the Washington, D.C. area. This renewed program will be jointly sponsored by Commissioners Aguilar, Gallagher and Paredes. If you would like to... Read more ...
12/01/2011

 12/1/11: Yesterday, Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced legislation to offset the cost of extending payroll tax reductions by freezing federal pay for a total of five years and instituting a 1 for 3 replacement cap on federal hiring.  The Senate may consider this proposal as soon as tomorrow... Read more ...
11/22/2011

 

From the Stewards and Representatives of NTEU Chapter 293. We wish you a safe and happy holiday. It is our pleasure to represent your interests every day at the Securities and Exchange Commission!
11/17/2011

 11/17/11, Washington, D.C.: The nation’s largest independent union of federal employees has joined a list of 277 national organizations in voicing strong opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget, warning that it would be strikingly counterproductive. The... Read more ...
11/16/2011

 11/16/11, Washington, D.C. — Despite increased workloads, employee satisfaction at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has improved as a result of workplace improvements secured by the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents about 6,200 FDIC employees nationwide... Read more ...
11/16/2011

11/16/11: The Union has received a substantial number of questions and comments from SEC employees about the November 10, 2011 email message from Chairman Schapiro to the staff concerning the SEC’s new performance management system.

Many employees have raised questions about management’s... Read more ...
11/16/2011

 The Partnership for Public Service on November 16, 2011 released its annual list of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, an important yardstick that measures federal sector employee satisfaction and engagement. The SEC's ranking dropped once again, this time to 27th place out of 33... Read more ...
11/16/2011

 11/16/11:  

The Partnership for Public Service today released its annual list of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, an important yardstick that measures federal sector employee satisfaction and engagement. The SEC's ranking dropped once again, this time to 27th place out of 33... Read more ...
11/16/2011

 11/16/11: Over the objections of NTEU, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has directed that so-called "public trust" employees undergo a periodic reinvestigation (PRI)at least once every five years.  Public trust employees are those who occupy positions that involve policy making, major... Read more ...
11/02/2011

  12/7/11: Commencing on January 1, 2012, the maximum monthly mass transit subsidy at the SEC will be reduced to $125 from its current level of $230. NTEU is continuing to press for a possible legislative solution to this issue, H.R. 2412/S.1034).

Last month, NTEU sent these letters to every... Read more ...
11/01/2011

 11/1/11: Today NTEU wrote this letter to every member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform urging a “No” vote on moving out of committee, H.R. 3029, a bill to slash the size of the federal workforce by 10 percent by 2015. The bill was introduced by Representative Mick... Read more ...
10/24/2011
 11/4/11: Last week, the Union raised with SEC management concerns over an image of a black female that the SEC included in its online performance management training materials made available for both bargaining unit and management staff. The Union conveyed to SEC management the concerns that many... Read more ...
10/24/2011

 10/24/11: In the wake of damaging revelations regarding a security breach in connection with the SEC's "Ethics Program System" for ethics compliance and conflicts checks, the Union requested that the SEC extend credit monitoring services to spouses and other affected family members of SEC... Read more ...
10/08/2011

10/8/11: The training modules for the SEC’s so-called “evidence based” performance management system contain statements that describe the process for developing performance objectives and standards as having been "collaborative," and even go so far as to say that the Union’s feedback was... Read more ...
10/08/2011

A Chapter 293 member meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 from 12:00 to 1:00 EST at the Headquarters Auditorium in Washington, D.C. This meeting will be videocast to the regions; please check with your local steward for the location of the videocast in your office.
10/07/2011

10/7/11: The SEC’s Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued this report in which it explored how well the SEC has implemented alternative work schedule and telework programs at the agency. The OIG’s conclusions lend further support to the Union’s positions on these important work-... Read more ...
10/07/2011

10/7/11: This afternoon, in response to this national grievance filed by NTEU last Friday, the SEC informed Union representatives that next week it will be implementing Health Insurance Premium Reimbursement (HIPR) benefits for domestic partners in accordance with its 2009 Memorandum of... Read more ...
10/04/2011

  10/4/11: Today, in a vote of 352 ayes to 66 nays, the House agreed to H.R. 2608, the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012 that has already passed the Senate. The measure funds the government through November 18 and will now be sent to President Obama who is expected to sign it. 

This CR... Read more ...
09/30/2011

9/30/2011:  Chapter 293's Executive Board recently voted unanimously to appoint Pat Copeland to serve as the chapter's Vice President. Pat will serve the remainder of the term of her predecessor, Veronica Lewis, who retired this summer after more than forty years of government service.

"We are... Read more ...
09/30/2011

2/9/12: The Union is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with the SEC for merit pay awards for FY 2012.

Under the agreement, all employees who receive an "acceptable" rating for the rating period ending September 30, 2011, will receive an equivalent share 2.5% merit increase in... Read more ...

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