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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.

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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 ...
03/11/2011

3/11/11: Last year, the Union obtained an agreement permitting SEC employees to join the Treasury Department Federal Credit Union (TDFCU). The TDFCU is now offering the following loan programs to federal employees/members. Thanks to Chapter 293 steward Pat Copeland from IM for all of her hard... Read more ...
03/10/2011

3/10/11: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today offered strong support for legislation to help address rising prescription drug prices for federal employees by increasing oversight of the operations of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Essentially, PBMs negotiate prices with drug... Read more ...
03/10/2011
3/10/11: Yesterday the Senate rejected two long term spending bills that would have provided government funding for the remainder of the fiscal year. The Senate first rejected 44-56 a House-Republican passed bill (H.R.1) that would fund government programs for the balance of FY ’11 at a level $57.5... Read more ...
03/05/2011

3/4/11: On Thursday the President signed a short term spending bill that will keep the government running for two more weeks after the current funding measure was set to expire on Friday, March 4. 

The measure, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), cuts roughly $4 billion in discretionary... Read more ...
03/05/2011

3/4/11: Federal officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty were honored Wednesday night at a candlelight vigil held by NTEU, which represents 26,000 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees. Joining NTEU National President Colleen Kelley and hundreds of union members at the... Read more ...
02/25/2011

2/25/11: NTEU Chapter 293 today filed a national grievance against the SEC seeking to compel the agency to provide meaningful, transparent information, in a timely fashion, regarding the distribution of performance ratings to employees in connection with their performance in the last part of FY... Read more ...
02/23/2011

2/22/11: Early Saturday morning the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution (CR) for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2011 that would reduce federal spending to agencies by approximately $61.5 billion below the FY 2010 levels and $96.6 billion beneath the President’s... Read more ...
02/23/2011

2/23/11:  NTEU Chapter 293 will soon be engaging in important negotiations over its Collective Bargaining Agreement with the SEC. The Collective Bargaining Agreement is the contract that the Union has negotiated on behalf of all non-management SEC employees. It contains the rights and benefits... Read more ...
02/23/2011

 2/23/11:  As part of an agreement negotiated by Chapter 293, SEC Paralegals and Case Management Specialists across the nation will soon be receiving higher grades.

Last year, as part of the memorandum of understanding negotiated by the Union regarding the reorganization of the Division of... Read more ...
02/23/2011

2/23/11: Chapter 293 won an arbitration this month on behalf of an SEC attorney who contested the denial of his application to participate in a 4-day recurring telework arrangement under the Expanded Telework Trial Program. The federal arbitrator ruled that the SEC had violated Article 11,... Read more ...
02/23/2011

2/23/11:  If the House and Senate fail to reach a deal on the current continuing resolution by its expiration date of March 4, the federal government will shut down. SEC employees have expressed anxieties to the Union about how this could affect their compensation and benefits. A shutdown could ... Read more ...

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