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01/14/2009
This month, President-Elect Barack Obama nominated Mary Schapiro to serve as the next Chairman of the SEC. Schapiro currently serves as the CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She has previously served as Chairman and CEO of the NASD, Chairman of the Commodity Futures... Read more ...
01/05/2009
1/5/09: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today welcomed recognition by key House members that structural issues involving both the SEC and more broadly the nation’s financial regulatory system played a major role in the proliferation of a long-running financial scheme.
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12/19/2008
12/19/08: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today expressed approval of the White House decision to allocate one percentage point of the average 3.9 percent federal civilian employee pay raise in 2009 to locality pay. The White House decision was announced in an executive order implementing... Read more ...
12/17/2008
12/17/08: Late yesterday, OPM announced the approval of changes to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Standard Option plan under FEHBP for out-of-network nonemergency surgeries. Under the new agreement, BC/BS’s coverage will be similar to last year’s plan when enrollees use out of network physicians.
Under... Read more ...
12/17/2008
12/17/08: To show our appreciation for your continued support, NTEU Chapter 293 is hosting an Ice Cream Social for union members in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, December 18, in the Headquarters Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room. Please drop by between 12:00 and 2:30 for some ice cream on us. Happy... Read more ...
12/17/2008
12/17/08: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today sharply criticized the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission for abdicating responsibility and blaming agency employees for the recent Madoff financial scandal.
“Responsibility starts at the top and I am outraged that Chairman Cox... Read more ...
12/10/2008
12/10/08: A group of five senators has written to President Bush asking him to withdraw his late-November executive order stripping collective bargaining rights from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) employees represented by the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU).
The... Read more ...
12/09/2008
12/9/08: The ongoing efforts of NTEU to increase awareness about the important contributions federal workers make to our nation were recognized December 4 by PR News, which awarded the union with an honorable mention in its 2008 Nonprofit PR Awards competition for NTEU’s “Federal Employees…They... Read more ...
12/08/2008
12/8/08: Late in the day on December 5, 2008, OPM announced that it will allow federal employees to submit belated enrollments or changes in FEHBP, FEDVIP and FSAFEDS through January 2009. The prior deadline for the open season period was today, December 8. However, after it became apparent that... Read more ...
12/05/2008
12/8/08: In NTEU's latest national victory for SEC employees, a federal Arbitrator has ruled that all Securities Compliance Examiners in grades 11, 12 and 13 are now eligible to receive higher pay rates for their overtime work. Under the Arbitrator's decision, these employees are also eligible for... Read more ...
12/04/2008
12/4/08: Even as key congressional leaders expressed their outrage — one called it “a power grab by the executive branch,” — employees of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were being notified by their agency the White House stripped from them workplace rights they have... Read more ...
12/03/2008
12/3/08: NTEU learned yesterday that President Bush issued an Executive Order (EO) pursuant to Section 7103(b)(1) of Title V that excludes thousands of federal employees in various agencies from the collective bargaining provisions of the FSLMRS. That section of the labor statute authorizes the... Read more ...
11/20/2008
11/20/08: In very strong terms, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley has taken sharp issue with a proposed Office of Personnel Management (OPM) rules change which she said would represent an extraordinary and completely unwarranted expansion of agency authority to indefinitely suspend federal... Read more ...
11/19/2008
11/19/08: NTEU has provided the incoming Obama administration transition team with a variety of recommendations aimed at significantly improving the delivery of government services to the American people. The document, entitled "Refocusing Federal Agencies on Mission-Critical Issues: The Federal... Read more ...
11/07/2008

11/7/08: Beginning on Monday, November 10, NTEU members will again have access to Consumers' Checkbook’s Online Guide to Health Insurance Plans for Federal Employees. All NTEU members who are currently participating, or are planning to participate, in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB)... Read more ...
11/05/2008
11/5/08: NTEU views the Obama presidency as a major opportunity to turn the public conversation toward a much-needed discussion of how federal agencies may best serve the public, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley said today.
“Federal agencies have been understaffed and underfunded and federal... Read more ...
10/14/2008
President's Perspective, October 2008: The recent national merit pay arbitration settlement between NTEU and the SEC is the latest milestone in the union’s continuing efforts to resolve fundamental problems with the agency’s pay for performance system. While we still have considerable ground left... Read more ...
10/14/2008
On October 29th, at the SEC Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration, the SEC will announce the formation of a Veterans Committee. The Veterans Committee principal founder is Susan Schneider, veteran and union steward in OCIE, HQ. Veterans are recognized by the EEO office as an affinity... Read more ...
10/14/2008
Kathy Cash has had an interesting journey on her way to becoming an NTEU member; she was told by SEC management that she couldn’t join, but she fought her way in.
This is Kathy’s second stint with the Commission. She originally came to work at the Los Angeles Regional Office in the 1980s, and then... Read more ...
10/14/2008
Gilman Visits LARO
In September, Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman visited the Los Angeles Regional Office. While there, he met with individual members and leaders regarding various matters. He also attended a luncheon for LARO members, at which he made a representational presentation concerning... Read more ...
10/14/2008
Pending legislation to provide federal employees with domestic partners the same access as married employees and their spouses to participate in benefit programs would underscore the federal government’s traditional role as a model employer, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley told a Senate... Read more ...
10/14/2008
On September 25, 2008, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced premium increases for enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP) for 2009. According to OPM, the average cost of premiums for FEHBP will rise by 7 percent in 2009. The average share of the premium paid by... Read more ...
10/14/2008
October is the open period for enrolling in the new union-negotiated Leave Sharing Program at the SEC.
Under this new program, participating employees will donate one pay period’s worth of annual leave each year to a “Leave Bank” – typically 6 or 8 hours – and that leave will be available to assist... Read more ...
10/14/2008
NTEU’s persistent efforts to provide federal employees with a much-deserved higher pay raise paid off on September 30 when the president signed into law H.R. 2638, a $600 billion continuing resolution package that included an average 3.9 percent federal pay raise for 2009. This NTEU-sought pay... Read more ...
10/14/2008
NTEU has reached a favorable settlement agreement with the SEC calling for payment of a total of $2.7 million to African-American employees and employees ages 40 and older who suffered discrimination under the agency’s embattled merit pay program. The settlement also provides for current salary... Read more ...

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