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05/12/2010

5/12/10: Late last week, HR 1722, the Telework Improvements Act, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Representatives John Sarbanes (D-MD), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), was blocked from passage on the House floor due to obstruction by the Republican Study Committee. This bill, which... Read more ...
05/05/2010

5/5/10: It is time for the federal government to make family leave a real benefit for federal employees, and not a mirage they cannot afford to use, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley told a Senate subcommittee yesterday. Review her testimony here.

“Being able to substitute leave without... Read more ...
05/05/2010

5/5/10: Legislation introduced yesterday by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) providing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with authority to cover young adults up to age 26 on their parents’ health care plans in 2010 has strong support from the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU).

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04/26/2010

President's Perspective, Winter/Spring 2010: When a huge storm dumped massive quantities of snow on Washington in February, it caused actual, rather than just figurative, gridlock in our nation’s capital. The federal government effectively shut down for the entire week. In agencies such as the... Read more ...
04/26/2010

The Union and the SEC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) settling a national grievance that Chapter 293 filed last year in response to the imposition of an attire policy by Lori Richards, the erstwhile Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE). Under... Read more ...
04/26/2010

On April 13, 2010, Chapter 293 held its spring Member Benefits Fair at the SEC’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This event was hosted by Almera Carroll, our Member Benefits Coordinator. Participating vendors included Liberty Mutual Insurance, BJ’S Wholesale Club, Colonial Insurance, the... Read more ...
04/26/2010

As you know, the SEC is currently developing a new performance-based pay system at the agency. This work will have a profound impact upon the culture of the agency. At this point, the Union has serious reservations and concerns regarding the system that is being developed by SEC management.

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04/26/2010
Early last month, hundreds of NTEU members from around the country, representing more than two dozen federal agencies, gathered for the Union’s 2010 Legislative Conference. Representing the SEC at this year’s conference were Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman, Chapter 293 Legislative Coordinators... Read more ...
04/18/2010

4/17/10:  On April 15, in a joint press conference call with four former SEC Chairmen and Senator Chuck Schumer (D. NY), SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro pushed for self-funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Senator Schumer agreed, stating, “When you have a measure that shifts significant... Read more ...
04/18/2010

4/16/10: NTEU has submitted comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on proposed regulations clarifying the meaning of a defense in certain cases brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Disparate impact claims are made under the ADEA when an employment... Read more ...
04/18/2010

4/15/10: This week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved two bipartisan measures increasing telework opportunities for federal employees and potentially boosting their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) accounts. “These are solid measures for federal employees and I am pleased to... Read more ...
04/02/2010

4/2/10: NTEU applauded a victory for federal workers it has been pursuing for seven years—a return to the definition of ‘inherently governmental’ work contained in federal law that clearly identifies the work of the public that should remain in the hands of federal employees. A 2003 Circular had... Read more ...
03/30/2010

3/30/10: In signing H.R. 4872 into law, the FEHBP provisions that NTEU advocated, are now final. Importantly, the integrity of FEHBP has been preserved. As you will recall from earlier Union reports, there were amendments proposed early in the process to open up FEHBP to additional groups without... Read more ...
03/30/2010

3/30/10: If you left government service as a FERS participant and received a refund of your money, and are now back in government, a law passed last fall at NTEU’s urging will give you the opportunity to redeposit the amount refunded, plus interest and in return that time will be credited in your... Read more ...
03/23/2010

3/30/10: On March 22, the House of Representatives passed a broad health care reform bill, H.R. 3590, that had previously passed the Senate last December. The President signed that legislation into law last week. In addition, the House and Senate also passed H.R. 4872, a budget reconciliation... Read more ...
03/15/2010

3/15/10: Last week, NTEU Chapter 293 and the SEC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reflecting an agreement on certain aspects of the Enforcement Division’s ongoing reorganization effort. The principal features of this agreement deal with the creation of five new “specialized units,” the... Read more ...
03/04/2010

3/3/10: A congressional resolution condemning the recent suicide attack on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees in Austin, Texas, and praising agency employees for their dedicated service to their country drew the strong support of the NTEU.

Introduced by Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D), the... Read more ...
02/23/2010

2/23/2010: In an interview with Fox News, Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) commented on the plane that was deliberately flown into IRS offices in Austin last week saying that he understood the mindset of the man whose actions cost the life of a dedicated IRS employee. Click here for a response to... Read more ...
02/23/2010

2/23/10: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley testified before a key House subcommittee today in favor of legislation that would take steps to address rising health insurance costs under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). You can review her testimony here.

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02/23/2010

2/23/10: Yesterday, President Obama announced his health care reform proposals that include improvements over the Senate-passed excise tax provisions that are proposed to offset some of the cost of the health care reform package. NTEU opposed using the excise tax from the beginning and, as we... Read more ...
02/23/2010

2/23/10: NTEU applauds the proposal in the White House fiscal 2011 budget blueprint for a return to parity in pay raises for the government’s civilian workforce and members of the military.

“Parity in pay raises has been an important tenet of federal pay policy for most of the past two decades... Read more ...
02/23/2010
2/23/10: Last week, NTEU submitted these comments in response to the request of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which has proposed changes to its federal sector complaint processing regulations. NTEU made clear in the comments that it believes that more far-reaching reforms are... Read more ...
02/08/2010
2/8/10: This afternoon, the Union filed a national grievance against the SEC seeking to compel the agency to provide documents and information regarding the employee focus group process that was conducted over the summer in response to the 2008 Federal Human Capital Survey results. In the grievance... Read more ...
02/05/2010

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will be conducting the 2010 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) at the SEC from February 8, 2010 through March 19, 2010. I strongly encourage you to take a few minutes to complete this survey. The results will help shape the Union’s dialogue with SEC... Read more ...
02/03/2010
2/3/10: During an appearance on “This Week” on ABC, Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) said federal employees earn twice as much as those who work in the private sector.
 
Click here to read an open letter that NTEU National President Colleen Kelley sent to the media and to Senator-elect Brown in the... Read more ...

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