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12/08/2009
12/8/09: In the last few days proposals have surfaced in the Senate debate on health care reform that would make OPM the administrator of nonfederal enrollee health plans as part of a “public option.” While NTEU is in the process of assessing that proposal, the Union has taken immediate action to... Read more ...
12/02/2009
12/2/09: On November 30, President Obama exercised his right to submit an alternative plan to Congress on locality pay as presidents of both parties have done in recent years. As expected, he submitted his alternative plan for locality pay increases consistent with his earlier August report. Under... Read more ...
11/27/2009
11/28/09: The federal government could save an estimated $50 million in recruitment and retention costs by putting in place a paid parental leave benefit, according to new research by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). The report, and its conclusion, was presented this week at a... Read more ...

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11/22/2009
  
 
Happy New Year from the volunteer Stewards and Executive Board Members of NTEU Chapter 293 who serve you every day at the SEC. We hope that you and your family have a great holiday!
11/12/2009
11/12/09: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has proposed to change its regulations in two different contexts to explicitly acknowledge the diverse nature of the federal workforce by, among other things, extending benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of federal employees. NTEU has filed... Read more ...
11/12/2009
11/12/09: Effective this week, NTEU members again have access to Consumers’ Checkbook’s online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants. All NTEU members who are currently participating, or are planning to participate, in Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) plans or the... Read more ...
11/12/2009
 
            I am pleased to announce that NTEU members will again have access to Consumers’ Checkbook’s online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants.  All NTEU members who currently or are planning to participate in Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) plans or the Federal... Read more ...
11/12/2009
11/11/09: Over the weekend, in a vote of 220–215, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3962, the comprehensive health insurance reform bill.  As NTEU had advocated, the legislation maintains the integrity of FEHBP.  Federal employees and retirees will be able to continue receiving coverage... Read more ...
11/04/2009
11/4/09: A year ago, a federal arbitrator ruled in favor of the Union that all Securities Compliance Examiners in grades 11, 12 and 13 are eligible to receive higher pay rates for their overtime work. The SEC has now completed the process of converting all of the Securities Compliance Examiners to... Read more ...
11/04/2009
A Chapter 293 meeting will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2009, from 1:00-2:00 EST at the Headquarters LL Auditorium. This meeting will be videoconferenced to the Regional Offices. If you work in a Regional Office, please contact your local steward for details. Thanks!
11/02/2009
11/2/09: Last week, President Obama signed the Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 Bill (S.1390/H.R.2647) into law. This was the culmination of a longstanding effort by NTEU to bring fairness and reform to the treatment of tens of thousands of federal employees and retirees... Read more ...
10/30/2009
President's Perspective, October 2009: In FY 2009, Chapter 293 continued to demonstrate its value as your exclusive representative with a steady stream of successes. Here are just a few for your consideration now that the year is over:
• The Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia... Read more ...
10/30/2009
H1N1 has become the first pandemic in over forty years, and it has many characteristics that make it unlike a typical seasonal flu. How severe it will be remains to be seen. With the flu season now upon us, it is a good time to review H1N1 concerns and procedures.
Last week, Chapter 293 leaders... Read more ...
10/30/2009
During NTEU's Biannual National Convention in San Francisco a few weeks ago, Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman accepted the First Place Award for Excellence in Chapter Communications. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in overall communications among the hundreds of NTEU chapters,... Read more ...
10/30/2009
Participants in the new Upward Mobility Program will be chosen soon from the members of the support staff across the country who submitted applications. This program was negotiated by Chapter 293 in our most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement, and it will provide an opportunity for... Read more ...
10/30/2009
In September, Chapter 293 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the SEC creating a new Domestic Partners Benefits Program at the agency. Under this agreement, the SEC will provide certain benefits to an employee’s domestic partner and the domestic partner’s eligible dependent children. These... Read more ...
10/30/2009
In early October, almost 100 employees in the Division of Corporation Finance received their career ladder promotions to Grade 14 as the result of an agreement between NTEU and senior management in the Division.
The resolution of this issue began several weeks ago, when Chapter 293 submitted an... Read more ...
10/30/2009
Chapter 293's Nomination and Election Committee is pleased to announce the 2009 election results for the 2009-2012 term.
First, we would like to thank members for voting, and for submitting nominations to the Committee. Next, we would like to thank the nominees who accepted the challenge and... Read more ...
10/30/2009
In September, NTEU Chapter 293 entered into an agreement with the SEC concerning compensation issues. Under the terms of this agreement:
• Commencing January 1, 2010, the Commission will lift the caps upon maximum salaries for SEC grades to provide pay scale comparability with other FIRREA agencies... Read more ...
10/30/2009
Earlier this year, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the results of its 2008 Federal Human Capital Survey (FHCS). The FHCS results for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reflect an alarmingly high level of negative employee perceptions about the SEC’s senior leaders,... Read more ...
10/16/2009
10/16/09: NTEU, working with Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), received good news this week when the Speaker’s office announced that it will include language in the leadership’s compromise bill to extend the age for child dependents until 27. Earlier this month,... Read more ...
10/16/2009
10/15/09: In testimony yesterday before two committees of the Senate, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley shared examples of the overwhelming opposition expressed to her by NTEU members who signed up for long-term care insurance under FLTCIP as early as 2002, many of whom now face unexpected... Read more ...
10/15/2009
10/15/09: Aside from their basic fairness and the importance of leading by example, the federal government needs to provide domestic partner benefits to remain competitive with the private sector in the face of its looming personnel crisis, the leader of the nation’s largest independent union of... Read more ...
10/14/2009
10/14/09: Many federal employees and retirees enrolled in the government’s long-term care insurance program were stunned to learn of substantial increases in premiums scheduled in January, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today told congressional members, particularly since many enrollees... Read more ...
10/08/2009
10/8/09: The Defense Authorization conference report released yesterday retains several important NTEU-sought provisions that will benefit federal employees and retirees, including language allowing workers under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) to get credit for unused sick leave.... Read more ...

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