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01/20/2015
1/21/15:  In yesterday’s edition of SEC Today, the SEC’s Office of Human Resources (“OHR”) provided an update concerning certain enhancements to the union-negotiated Student Loan Repayment Program (“SLRP”) at the SEC including: (i) allowing newer “probationary” employees to participate in the... Read more ...
01/17/2015
1/16/15: Pointing out the fact that the U.S. lags behind almost every country in ensuring some form of paid parental leave, and that workplace flexibilities help in recruiting and retaining employees, the President issued an Executive Memorandum directing agencies to ensure that their policies... Read more ...
11/13/2014
11/13/14: OPM has notified NTEU that the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) is increasing the maximum contribution to the program by $50 to $2,550, due to inflation, as authorized by the IRS.  This increase will be for the 2015 benefit year.  This change will occur alongside two... Read more ...
11/13/2014
WHEN: On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern Time, NTEU Chapter 293 will hold its annual member meeting. Union members in Washington, D.C., may want to arrive between 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM to ensure that their names are checked prior to 12:00 PM. After the meeting, we will... Read more ...
08/04/2014
8/4/14: Last week, Representative Edwards (D-MD) introduced H.R. 5338, the Federal Employee Pension Fairness Act, which will repeal the increased FERS contributions for employees hired in 2012 and 2013.  This legislation will return federal employee contributions to the original 0.8%.  You will... Read more ...
08/01/2014
8/1/14:  Last month, senior management in the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) reneged on an agreement with the union to implement a modest joint labor-management pilot awards program at two regional offices of the agency. The proposed pilot, which was jointly... Read more ...
07/17/2014
7/17/14: Last week, the SEC’s Office of Human Resources (OHR) announced that it would be offering Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) and/or Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments (VSIP) to eligible employees commencing this week. The union has challenged OHR’s process for determining who... Read more ...
07/07/2014
As a result of the union’s ongoing efforts, the SEC has now agreed to expand professional dues reimbursement to cover many more relevant credentials. 
When the SEC’s Office of Human Resources (OHR) originally implemented the dues reimbursement program in May, it took a very narrow view of the dues... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded BRO Senior Enforcement Attorney Dave London the Excellence in Communications Award. Dave was the sole recipient of the award this year. He was honored for more than seven years of service as Chapter 293's cartoonist, producing the widely acclaimed "London's... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded TM steward Margaret Smith the Excellence in Membership Recruitment Award. Margaret was one of the top membership recruiters in Chapter 293 last year, in addition to her exemplary work representing employees.
The awards ceremony took place during the National... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded OIT steward Joyce Segura the Excellence in Membership Recruitment Award. Joyce was one of the top membership recruiters in Chapter 293 last year, in addition to her exemplary work representing employees as a steward as well as her service as a member of the... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded FWRO stewards Janie Frank and Jody Moore the Excellence in Representation Award. They were honored for their successful representation of several employees, including one management was seeking to terminate on purported "AWOL" grounds.
The awards ceremony took... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded San Francisco Regional Office steward Jeff Lyttle the Excellence in Representation Award. Jeff was honored both for his representation of SFRO employees as well as for his work on issues that were national in scope, including his continuing work on the OCIE... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded Atlanta Regional Office stewards Deborah Shaw and John O'Halloran Excellence in Courage Awards. They were honored for their exemplary representation of employees on a host of issues in an extremely difficult work environment in Atlanta over the past year.
The... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded three SEC Headquarters Enforcement stewards awards for their exemplary work. Drew Panahi and Cate Whiting received the Excellence in Crisis Management Award and Noel Gittens received the Excellence in Representation Award.
Drew and Cate were honored for their... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded Chicago Regional Office steward Dee O'Hair the Excellence in Crisis Management Award. She was honored for her work representing a CHRO employee who faced a situation with a particularly difficult manager. Dee was able to obtain a swift response from senior... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded NYRO stewards Alix Biel, Carol Fava, Azam Riaz and John Graubard the Excellence in Representation Award and James Hanson the Excellence in Crisis Management Award. They were honored for their tireless representational work on behalf of NYRO employees on a wide... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded OIEA steward and Chapter 293 Secretary April Keyes the Excellence in Commitment and Contribution Award. She was honored for her tireless work behind the scenes on behalf of SEC employees, organizing our annual meetings and lunch and learns and coordinating... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded Corp Fin stewards James Giugliano, Kay Reid and Dean Suehiro the Excellence in Commitment and Contribution Award. They were honored for their tireless work behind the scenes on behalf of SEC employees, organizing our annual meetings and lunch and learns and... Read more ...
04/15/2014
4/16/14: Last week, the union awarded Chapter 293 Vice President Pat Copeland the Excellence in Leadership Award. She was honored for her tireless work on behalf of SEC employees, at the bargaining table in both the CBA and compensation negotiations, as well as on behalf of countless individuals in... Read more ...
04/02/2014
4/2/14: Yesterday, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan (WI) released his version of a FY 2015 Budget.  As with previous budget proposals authored by Chairman Ryan, it again calls on the federal workforce to assume hugely disproportionate burdens.  The legislation calls for $125... Read more ...
03/28/2014
3/28/14:  Legislation (H.R. 4306) was introduced in the House this week by Representatives Gerry Connolly (Va.), Jim Moran (Va.) and Elijah Cummings (Md.) that would provide federal employees with a 3.3% pay increase effective January 2015. NTEU proposed the 3.3% increase several months ago and... Read more ...
03/03/2014
3/3/14:  March 3 through March 7 is Telework Week 2014, a global effort to encourage agencies and individuals to pledge to work from home. This year we at the SEC are celebrating over a decade of union-won telework rights at the agency – including a recent expansion of 3, 4 and 5-day per week... Read more ...
02/28/2014
2/28/14: Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted on HR 3193, a bill that would reduce the rate of pay for employees of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to that of the General Schedule. The bill would also make the agency subject to the appropriations process and... Read more ...

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