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09/30/2011

9/30/11:  This week, NTEU Chapter 293 filed a national grievance against the SEC for its continuing failure to implement Health Insurance Premium Reimbursement (HIPR) benefits for domestic partners. The SEC first signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to provide these HIPR benefits in... Read more ...
09/30/2011

9/30/11: This fall, the SEC is rolling out its new so-called “evidence-based” performance management/merit pay system nationwide for the rating period that ends today. The SEC has advised the Union, however, that any merit pay distribution for FY 2011 will not be based on the new rating system,... Read more ...
09/30/2011

9/30/11: With the close of the fiscal year, the Union is preparing to conclude one of the longest running negotiations of workplace rights in the history of Chapter 293. For the better part of Fiscal Year 2011, the Union Reorganization Committee (URC) has met every week with senior members of... Read more ...
09/29/2011

 9/29/11: Today, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R 2017, a short term CR to fund the government through October 4.  Since the Senate passed the measure earlier in the week, it will go to the President for signature and a government shutdown will be avoided for the time being... Read more ...
09/29/2011

 9/29/11: In keeping with our efforts to fight against the unwarranted reductions of federal employees’ pensions and benefits, NTEU has signed this coalition letter to the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, more commonly known as the “Supercommittee,” urging them to reject proposals by... Read more ...
09/28/2011

 9/28/11: NTEU received a briefing yesterday on FEHBP and the issues related to OPM’s annual Open Season period for FEHBP and other federal benefits programs. Federal employees and retirees need to closely examine their current coverage and consider any needed changes during the upcoming Federal... Read more ...
09/19/2011

9/19/11: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today expressed her strong opposition to the administration’s debt reduction proposal provision that calls for $21 billion in ‘reforms’ to civilian federal employee benefit programs by asking federal employees to make higher contributions toward... Read more ...
09/15/2011

 9/15/11: Yesterday the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY) introduced H. J. Res. 79, a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government running until November 18. Because no appropriations bills have been enacted into law and the new fiscal year... Read more ...
09/15/2011

9/15/11:  Today  NTEU today joined a broad coalition of federal employee, management and related organizations in sending this letter calling for President Obama to reject proposals that will harm federal employees in his submissions to the Super Committee.

“Federal employees have already made... Read more ...
09/15/2011

 9/15/11: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley applauded action by a key Senate subcommittee to boost the agency’s fiscal 2012 budget by $222 million over that of the current fiscal year.

The proposed 19 percent increase for the SEC is contained in legislation marked up yesterday by the... Read more ...
09/12/2011

9/13/11: During the most recent CBA negotiating sessions, SEC management has continued to remain steadfast in its opposition to the Union's proposal to allow employees to refuse an order when it would violate the ethical rules to which they are subject. The Union has vowed to take this issue all... Read more ...
09/12/2011

9/13/11: This month, NTEU filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority a second unfair labor practice claim against the SEC in connection with its continuing bad faith negotiations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In this claim, the Union asserts that the SEC has refused to respond at... Read more ...
09/12/2011
9/13/11: The Union is pleased to announce that the IRS, in a ruling requested by NTEU Chapter 293, has determined in our favor that the SEC and its payroll processor incorrectly over-reported wages for recipients of back pay awards in the within grade increase (WIGI) case. The SEC has reported to... Read more ...
09/09/2011

9/9/11:  Earlier this week the Union requested an update on the agency's processing of the FY 2010 Merit Pay awards. This morning, SEC management informed the Union that no Merit Pay processing has been completed for anyone at the agency, and that all Merit Pay processing will occur between pay... Read more ...
09/06/2011
9/6/11: Last week, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley sent this letter to each member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the “Supercommittee,” urging them to oppose proposals that would affect federal pensions, federal employee health programs or an adequate... Read more ...
08/24/2011
8/24/11:  Chapter 293 won an arbitration this week on behalf of an SEC employee against whom the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance management retaliated for filing a grievance. The federal arbitrator found that the SEC had violated Article 32 of the parties' Collective Bargaining Agreement by... Read more ...
08/24/2011
8/24/11:  Thousands of Federal employees were sent home after yesterday afternoon's 5.8 earthquake shook our nation's capitol -- including hundreds of SEC employees in Headquarters. Except, of course, for the HQ employees who were already teleworking on a recurring schedule yesterday.
Immediately... Read more ...
08/22/2011
8/22/11: On August 11, the Union and the SEC entered into this settlement agreement to resolve a grievance concerning possible retaliation against staff for bringing program area concerns to the attention of senior Enforcement Division managers in Washington, D.C. In the agreement, the SEC... Read more ...
08/21/2011
8/22/11: The pre-scheduled Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiating sessions agreed upon last spring by the Union and the SEC came to an end last week. As the parties seek to schedule further mediated negotiating sessions this fall, many of the most important issues to agency employees remain... Read more ...
08/14/2011

8/15/11: In late June, NTEU Chapter 293 reported that the SEC had confirmed that 1.9% merit pay awards, retroactive to January 2, 2011, would be awarded to SEC employees for their performance in FY 2010, and that all employees who were employed at the agency by August 31, 2010 who received an "... Read more ...
08/14/2011
  8/24/11: During NTEU's biannual National Convention in Seattle two weeks ago, Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman accepted the Robert M. Tobias Award, which was awarded in recognition of his innovation in representation and implementation of partnership and employee involvement as a Union leader.... Read more ...
08/14/2011
08/14/2011
10/7/11: Jeff Risinger served as the Associate Director of the Office of Human Resources at the SEC for seven years, before leaving the agency last month. He served as the key point of contact for employee representatives at the agency, the Co-Chairman of the SEC's Labor-Management Forum with NTEU... Read more ...
08/02/2011

8/2/11: Today, in a vote of 74-26, the Senate passed the debt ceiling package that allows the President to raise the debt ceiling through 2012 in increments and requires about $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction over ten years. The House passed the bill last night, and the President has announced... Read more ...
08/02/2011

8/2/11: Last night the House passed legislation, 269-161, implementing the bipartisan agreement reached last night by the administration and Congress to avoid a government default and reduce the federal deficit.  The measure now goes to the Senate.

The package extends the debt ceiling through... Read more ...

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