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10/04/2007
10/4/07: NTEU and the SEC have reached a tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement at the agency. This agreement was negotiated by Chapter 293’s CBA negotiating team, consisting of Chapter 293 members Greg Gilman, Veronica Lewis, Katie Nix, Dean Suehiro and Netta Williams, and... Read more ...
10/04/2007
10/4/07: Federal employees now make an average of 23 percent less in salaries than their counterparts in the private sector, according to new data released yesterday by the Federal Salary Council (FSC).
That federal employees earn less than employees doing similar work in the private sector has... Read more ...
09/28/2007
9/28/07: Late yesterday, in a vote of 94-1, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 52, the FY 2008 Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the government agencies at FY 2007 levels until November 16, 2007. Earlier, as reported yesterday, the House passed the resolution by 404-14. The measure now goes to the... Read more ...
09/27/2007
9/27/07: On September 30, 2007, the federal government’s fiscal year ends. Since 1995 when, under then House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congress failed to pass measures funding the government and many agencies shut down, NTEU members have been anxious as to the possibility of another shut down.
The... Read more ...
09/21/2007
9/21/07: The SEC has yet to provide aggregate merit pay distribution information, broken down by office, division and type of employee. Nor has the SEC provided the preliminary recommendations on ratings that employees’ supervisors provided to the compensation committees (the so-called transmittal... Read more ...
09/21/2007
9/21/07: With the opening of the new union-negotiated canteen at Station Place this week, now is a good time to reflect upon the important representation that Chapter 293 provided to SEC employees in Washington in connection with the Station Place move negotiations. Many employees may be unaware of... Read more ...
09/18/2007
9/18/07: An important House subcommittee has marked up legislation containing provisions that would strengthen and expand the rights of federal employees and members of the military — including allowing retirees from both groups to use pre-tax income to pay health insurance premiums. At present,... Read more ...
09/17/2007
9/17/07: Mark your calendars -- training by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is scheduled to occur December 10-12 at SEC Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Chapter 293 requested in past Labor-Management Relations Committee meetings that this AICPA training be webcast for... Read more ...
09/14/2007
9/14/07: NTEU President Colleen Kelley today called on the Senate to join the House in approving legislation that would expand voting rights for residents of the District of Columbia by providing them with voting representation in the House of Representatives.
In a letter to senators, President... Read more ...
09/14/2007
9/13/07: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announcement today that the increase in health insurance premiums for enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) will average 2.1 percent in 2008 is severely undercut by the stunning 8.5 percent average increase in premiums... Read more ...
09/13/2007
9/13/07: On September 12, 2007, the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved the recommendation of its Subcommittee on Defense and passed the military pay raise at 3.5 percent for fiscal year 2008. The Senate Committee’s version of H.R. 3222 passed out of committee unanimously, 29-0.
This... Read more ...
09/07/2007

Obtaining Full Funding for the SEC's Merit Pay Program

Increasing the SEC's Retirement Match for SEC Employees in Accordance with the Pay Parity Legislation


Obtaining a 3.5% COLA for 2008


09/07/2007
Click these links to review news about NTEU's arbitration victory on the merit pay system.
GovExec.com
Business Week
Forbes
Washington Post
FCW.com
09/06/2007
Washington, D.C.—In an important legal victory for the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), an arbitrator has ruled that a pay-for-performance system unilaterally designed and implemented by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is illegal because it has resulted in discrimination... Read more ...
09/06/2007
9/6/07 (A message from NTEU National President Colleen Kelley): NTEU has won an important legal victory against the unfair and fundamentally-flawed pay-for-performance system at the SEC. An arbitrator ruled that the pay system unilaterally-designed and implemented by the agency is illegal because... Read more ...
09/06/2007
Rep. Barney Frank (D. Mass.), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has accepted an invitation from Chapter 293 to speak to SEC employees. He will appear at the Boston Regional Office on Tuesday, October 9, at 12:00 EST, and he will be video-conferenced to all of the SEC’s offices. At... Read more ...
09/05/2007
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced a change for the FEHBP open season to encompass FSAFEDS and FEDVIP. In a recent Benefits Administration Letter (07-401), OPM has indicated that one open season will cover all three major federal programs. Click HERE to review the letter.... Read more ...
09/02/2007
8/27/07: U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigns; SEC Chairman Chris Cox mentioned on list of possible successors. Click HERE to review the article.
09/02/2007
8/7/07: The Senate Finance and Judiciary committees released a 108-page report concluding a yearlong investigation into the firing of former SEC Enforcement attorney Gary Aguirre. The investigation involved interviews of 30 individuals and a review of 10,000 pages of documents. The report... Read more ...
09/02/2007
8/7/07: Walter J. Stachnik, who has been inspector general of the SEC since the job was created in 1989, retired Friday, the day the Senate said his role in the investigation of allegations that a hedge fund engaged in insider trading and other suspicious trading was "flawed from the beginning and... Read more ...
08/15/2007
An amendment to House-passed energy legislation would focus much-needed attention by federal managers on telework programs, and NTEU will work for its inclusion when energy legislation goes to a House-Senate conference committee, NTEU President Colleen Kelley said today.
The energy bill amendment,... Read more ...
08/11/2007
8/7/07: By an overwhelming margin, delegates to the 51st NTEU National Convention have re-elected, for a third term, the union’s top officers—National President Colleen M. Kelley and National Executive Vice President Frank D. Ferris. Both were first elected to their positions in August 1999.
“I’m... Read more ...
07/31/2007
7/31/07: Various pay-for-performance systems often are touted as an effort to improve effectiveness and morale in the federal workplace, but there is no hard evidence these alternative systems accomplish those ends. In fact, there is evidence they have the opposite impact, NTEU President Colleen... Read more ...
07/27/2007
7/27/07: Congress took two important steps this week to advance the 3.5 percent military pay raise. In so doing, Congress moved forward the likelihood of enacting the 3.5 percent level for both military personnel and federal civilian employees.
First, in a procedural surprise, the Senate removed... Read more ...

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