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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 ...
02/19/2011

Over the past few days, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites have been gathering in Madison to protest Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip the public employees’ unions in Wisconsin of their right to collective bargaining. As public employees, we at NTEU Chapter 293 stand with these middle... Read more ...
02/16/2011

2/16/11: NTEU has sent this letter to the entire House of Representatives urging a “no” vote on an amendment by Chairman Darryl Issa (CA), who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which would bar federal funds from being used for step increases.  The Issa Amendment # 569 is... Read more ...
02/16/2011

2/16/11: NTEU has sent this letter to the entire House of Representatives urging a “no” vote on an amendment by Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN), to H.R. 1, the FY 2011 Continuing Appropriations bill, now pending on the floor of the House of Representatives.  The Rokita Amendment, which came up... Read more ...
02/15/2011

"We are about to debate the budget from my Republican colleagues that will provide such inadequate funding for the SEC and the CFTC as to make all this academic. Agencies that are not well-funded are not going to do a good job."

 

-- Representative Barney Frank, Ranking Minority Member of the... Read more ...
02/15/2011

2/15/11:  Yesterday the President submitted his Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal to Congress. This budget includes the administration’s proposals for the federal budget that begins October 1 of this year, and should not be confused with the Republican leadership’s proposal to cut $100 billion... Read more ...
02/15/2011

2/15/11:  OPM published notices in the Federal Register (on January 28 and February 3) that an open season period will be held for new enrollments in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) from April 4 through June 24. According to the notices, active employees and their spouses or... Read more ...
02/15/2011

2/15/11: On February 11, the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Harold Rogers (KY), introduced legislation that would slash government funding for the remainder of FY ‘11 to $100 billion below the President’s original FY ‘11 budget request. The bill is designed to replace the current... Read more ...
01/27/2011

1/27/11: On Tuesday, President Obama’s State of the Union address included a proposed five-year spending freeze on discretionary spending and plans for government reform. In this press release to the media, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley expressed grave concerns about the impact of a... Read more ...
01/27/2011

"We trained hard ... but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion... Read more ...
01/20/2011

1/20/11: Next week the House of Representatives is expected to consider a resolution that seeks to reduce nonsecurity, discretionary funding for the remainder of the fiscal year to FY 2008 levels. In advance of the vote, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley has written to every member of the... Read more ...
01/14/2011

1/14/11: On Monday, January 10, NTEU legislative leaders from Union chapters across the country, including Chapter 293 Legislative Committee Co-Chair Cate Whiting from SEC Headquarters, met to discuss NTEU’s legislative program and legislative agenda for the 2011 National Legislative Conference.... Read more ...
01/14/2011

1/14/11: Unlike the SEC, other FIRREA agencies, as well as other federal agencies, have been moving ahead with their performance-based pay increases, which are not covered by the federal pay freeze.

OPM has made it clear that administratively determined pay increases that are based solely on an... Read more ...
01/14/2011

1/14/11: On January 12, Rep. Mike Coffman (CO) introduced H.R. 270, a bill in the House of Representatives calling for two weeks of mandatory unpaid leave for federal employees. This bill would require federal employees to be furloughed for a total of two weeks in Fiscal Year 2012, which begins... Read more ...
01/14/2011

1/14/11: The nation’s largest independent federal union joined a coalition of 15 organizations in a letter to President Obama calling on the White House to reject proposals that would cut federal civilian retirement and health benefits, freeze federal pay and reduce the federal workforce by 10... Read more ...

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