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05/22/2011

5/22/11:  During NTEU's steward training conference last week, several Chapter 293 leaders were recognized for their important work on national programs during this past year. Among the recipients of Leadership Awards were Dan Barry, James Fay, Lawrence Pisto and Paul Prata from the Boston... Read more ...
05/14/2011

5/13/11: In a letter to every member of the Senate Budget Committee, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley called on that key body to reject efforts to impose drastic cuts to the federal workforce, enact a further freeze on federal pay and take other similar steps that would harm the government’... Read more ...
05/14/2011

Click here to review updated stats from the "Evidence Based" Performance Management System ratings, including Enforcement/OCIE breakdowns by office. 
05/14/2011

5/14/11:  Negotiations between the Union and the SEC on the Collective Bargaining Agreement have commenced. The parties have met and reviewed the various articles of the agreement that will be on the table during the discussions. Further negotiating sessions have been scheduled through the end of... Read more ...
05/13/2011

5/14/11: Last month, NTEU Chapter 293 reported here that, due to Congress’ approval of the FY 2011 budget compromise, the SEC had agreed to implement its previous agreement with the Union to provide retroactive 1.875%  merit pay awards for the performance period ending October 31, 2010, and that... Read more ...
05/04/2011

5/4/11: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today called on a key Senate Appropriations subcommittee to provide the agency with at least the $1.4 billion in fiscal 2012 funding contained in the administration’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.

NTEU “believes that the president’s... Read more ...
05/04/2011

5/3/11: Unless Congress acts in the very near future, the federal government will soon come up against a statutory limitation on its borrowing authority to pay obligations it has already incurred. The Treasury Department has notified Congress that it intends to begin borrowing from federal... Read more ...
04/29/2011

4/29/11: In response to a national grievance filed by Chapter 293 in February, the SEC last week delivered to the Union a summary data set for the performance ratings that were distributed to employees in connection with the recently completed pilot of the SEC’s new, so-called “Evidence-Based... Read more ...
04/20/2011

 4/20/11: NTEU has launched an effort to obtain a mid-year increase in the mileage deduction for business-related travel to account for rising fuel prices. While it is unusual to have a mid-year adjustment, the Union will press the point that we are in unusual circumstances and that the current... Read more ...
04/15/2011

4/15/11: Yesterday, Congress approved the FY 2011 budget compromise, which will fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on September 30. This budget, which contains $38 billion in cuts to the discretionary budget demanded by the House, includes a $74 million increase over... Read more ...
04/14/2011

 4/14/11: Federal employees knocked out of the workforce because of a job-related injury should not be forced to exchange workers’ compensation benefits for payments from a retirement plan that the injured worker never had the chance to properly fund, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley told a... Read more ...
04/14/2011

 4/14/11: Yesterday the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved by voice vote H.R. 828, the “Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2011,” which requires the federal government to fire federal employees if they have a tax debt.  In advance of the hearing, NTEU wrote to every... Read more ...
04/14/2011
 The civil service in the United States is one of the best in the world, but it cannot survive if drastic cuts in personnel and resources are instituted as proposed in the House Budget Resolution passed this year, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley warned in this letter to House members.... Read more ...
04/12/2011

 4/12/11: Just days after federal employees dodged furloughs due to the inability of Congress to pass appropriations bills, they find themselves the unfair object of attacks on two fronts in the House of Representatives, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley said yesterday.

President Kelley... Read more ...
04/12/2011
4/12/11:  The 2011 budget legislation unveiled by lawmakers this morning has $38 billion in overall cuts, but the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will receive increases over their 2010 budgets of $74 million and $34 million, respectively. This will... Read more ...
04/09/2011

4/9/11: The President has signed a short-term continuing resolution while lawmakers consider a spending bill for the remaining months of fiscal 2011 thus averting a potentially disastrous government shutdown.

Early this morning, OMB issued this memorandum to federal agency heads stating that an... Read more ...
04/08/2011

4/8/11: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today said NTEU is “strongly in support of” bipartisan legislation that would result in federal workers furloughed in a government shutdown receiving retroactive pay for the duration of their forced absence.

“The hundreds of thousands of federal... Read more ...
04/08/2011

4/8/11: “More than 800,000 federal employees are facing an impending and open-ended furlough with no assurance they would be paid for the forced time off when it ends,” said NTEU National President Colleen Kelley. “Now, reportedly, some members of Congress are proposing an additional $1.3 billion... Read more ...
04/07/2011

4/7/11: In a letter to members of both the House and Senate, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today called on lawmakers in Congress to ensure that federal employees will not lose pay due to a government shutdown.

In her letter, President Kelley warned that if Congress and the... Read more ...
04/05/2011

4/6/11: The fiscal 2012 budget proposal advanced yesterday by the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisc.), is a regressive document that unfairly targets the federal workforce and would severely weaken the ability of federal agencies to serve the public, NTEU National... Read more ...
04/05/2011

4/6/11: We at Chapter 293 know that everyone is worried about the very real possibility of a government shutdown on Friday. The Union would like to provide you with detailed information about the SEC's contingency planning, and for that reason we have repeatedly requested this information from... Read more ...
04/05/2011

4/6/11: Last August, the SEC announced changes to 5 C.F.R. Section 4401.103, the “Outside Employment and Activities” rule, which included a new provision that required SEC employees to seek "prior approval" from the agency before engaging in a wide range of outside activities such as writing,... Read more ...
03/24/2011

 3/24/11: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley yesterday took sharp issue with a legislative effort to eliminate the defined benefit portion of the annuity earned by federal workers under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). In this letter to all senators, President Kelley said S.... Read more ...
03/19/2011

3/18/11: As a key House subcommittee begins its examination of the proposed fiscal 2012 budget for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the leader of the union representing the SEC workforce this week emphasized the critical importance to the nation’s economic health of adequate funding... Read more ...
03/17/2011

 3/21/11: On Friday, President Obama signed the short term Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government running through April 8. The bill was passed by the Senate on Thursday, and by the House on Tuesday. The signature came on the day the previous CR was set to expire.

The... Read more ...

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