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07/21/2009
Simmenetta (“Netta”) Williams came to the Commission in 1997, and joined Chapter 293 at the very beginning. As Netta puts it, “I walked the picket lines back in the days when SEC management was fighting to keep us from unionizing.” She serves as a steward, and was a member of the team that... Read more ...
07/21/2009
Last month, President Obama announced the administration’s sweeping plan for financial regulatory restructuring. This broad and ambitious plan is a reaction to what the President called a “culture of irresponsibility” that resulted in the financial crisis, and it would result in a significant... Read more ...
07/21/2009
The SEC has not yet communicated to the Union its final budget for merit pay for FY 2010. This budget will of course determine the “equivalent share” salary increases that employees will receive at the end of this summer.
For the past few years, the SEC has repeatedly slashed its merit pay budget,... Read more ...
07/21/2009
In July, NTEU Chapter 293 surveyed the participants in the most recent round of reimbursements under the Student Loan Repayment Program. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.
The Union received a lot of helpful comments and feedback, and we have relayed this information to... Read more ...
07/21/2009
Senior management in the Division of Enforcement is considering implementation of a plan to flatten management by eliminating the branch chief layer. For many months, the Union has called for the elimination of branch chiefs to streamline the current Enforcement management structure. In meetings... Read more ...
07/21/2009
Chapter 293 will hold elections for all officers and representatives in September for three year terms. The elections will be by mail, with first a notice and then a ballot sent to each member’s home address. We plan on sending out the notices in late July and the ballots in late August. The notice... Read more ...
07/21/2009
In June, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in NTEU’s favor on the SEC’s appeal of a decision by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) requiring the SEC to make back pay distributions to all SEC employees who should have received within grade... Read more ...
07/20/2009
7/20/09: Twenty Chapter 293 stewards recently traveled to a three-day NTEU national training seminar, where they attended classes on a wide variety of labor-management relations issues and received updates on the latest developments. These annual training sessions afford stewards from across the... Read more ...
07/13/2009
7/13/09: Senior management in the Division of Enforcement is considering implementation of a plan to flatten management by eliminating the branch chief layer, according to a recent press account.
For many months, the union has called for the elimination of branch chiefs to streamline the current... Read more ...
07/09/2009
7/9/09: The Senate Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee approved yesterday a 2.9 percent pay raise for federal employees for next year. This level, which is expected to be reported out of the full committee today, would match the President’s proposal for the... Read more ...
07/08/2009
7/8/09:  Chapter 293 will hold elections for all officers and representatives in September for a three year terms. The elections will be by mail, with first a notice and then a ballot sent to each member’s home address. We plan on sending out the notices in late July and the ballots in late August... Read more ...
07/01/2009
7/1/09: This week, NTEU Chapter 293 surveyed the most recent participants in the Student Loan Repayment Program. Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.
The union received a lot of helpful comments and feedback, and we will be relaying this information to management at the SEC. We... Read more ...
06/26/2009
6/26/09: NTEU has expressed concern about the rising costs in FEHBP, especially the high costs of prescription drugs which could contribute to higher premiums for federal employees and retirees. For some time, NTEU has questioned whether OPM has leveraged its large pool of participants in FEHBP to... Read more ...
06/26/2009
6/26/09: The House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday included a substantial increase of $10 million in funding for the SEC in the fiscal 2010 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill markup. NTEU had requested the addition of the $... Read more ...
06/26/2009
6/26/09: The new Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is underway at the Department of Education. As previously reported, NTEU backed this program when it was passed by Congress with the assistance of Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD), as part of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of... Read more ...
06/26/2009
6/26/09: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today welcomed the introduction of legislation that would increase the maximum age to qualify for dependent coverage under the federal employees health benefits plan to age 25. The bill, H.R. 2978, was introduced last week by Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill... Read more ...
06/26/2009
6/26/09: Two weeks ago NTEU reported on the disappointing developments in the Senate when it dropped the federal employees/retirees’ provisions from the tobacco regulation bill. NTEU pledged to look for other avenues to advance these provisions. Since then, NTEU has fought to bring the measure up... Read more ...
06/22/2009
6/22/09: On June 4, 2009, Republican Leader John Boehner and Republican Whip Eric Cantor submitted a proposal to the President to change the calculation of federal annuities and to eliminate official time for full-time union representation. The overall package proposes sweeping cuts to many federal... Read more ...
06/17/2009
6/17/09:  President Obama today announced the administration's sweeping plan for financial regulatory restructuring. This broad and ambitious plan is a reaction to what the President called "a culture of irresponsibility" that resulted in the financial crisis, and it would result in a significant... Read more ...
06/17/2009
6/17/09: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley yesterday supported the call of three members of Congress for President Obama to re-establish, by executive order, partnership in the federal sector. The letter was issued by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Delegate... Read more ...
06/17/2009
6/17/09: The House last Friday passed the Senate version of tobacco legislation with NTEU-backed language changing the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), but without federal retiree provisions.
The bill provides for automatic enrollment of federal employees in the TSP and the addition of a qualified Roth-... Read more ...
06/16/2009
6/16/09: Last week, NTEU joined a number of labor unions in a coalition of those who oppose the taxation of health insurance benefits in the context of national health care reform. The union has agreed to sign on to a letter which was sent to Congress last week (LETTER), and will be further... Read more ...
06/12/2009
6/12/09: Yesterday, in NTEU's latest victory, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in NTEU's favor on the SEC's appeal of a decision by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) requiring the SEC to make back pay distributions to all SEC employees who... Read more ...
06/11/2009
6/11/09: The Senate is expected to cast its final vote on H.R. 1256, the FDA tobacco regulation bill today. Included in the legislative package are changes to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), including the automatic enrollment in TSP for new employees and the addition of a qualified Roth contribution... Read more ...
06/10/2009
6/11/09: The first phase of the merit pay settlement, which occurred a few months ago, involved the distribution of $2.7 million in lump sum amounts to affected employees based on their service dates, the merit pay raises they received and, in the case of employees over the age of forty, the date... Read more ...

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