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04/25/2007
On April 17, 2007, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued its long-awaited final regulations regarding the administration of a new benefit for employees — compensatory time for official travel. The final regulations correct some, but not all, of the problems identified in comments... Read more ...
04/25/2007
4/25/07: The 2008 federal pay raise is one of the important issues under consideration on both sides of Congress. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees continue to hold hearings on federal agencies’ budgets for fiscal year 2008 and, in the upcoming weeks, legislation addressing federal... Read more ...
04/13/2007
For a printable version of the April 2007 issue of Chapter 293 Works click here.
Or click the following links to individual articles:
NTEU Wins Plus Loan SettlementPlans Unveiled for NTEU-Negotiated Childcare CenterColonial Life Benefits Presentation at Miami Regional OfficeSEC Shifts CSE... Read more ...
04/10/2007
4/10/07: NTEU is extremely proud of its critical role in spearheading and negotiating for the creation of a new Child Development Center at Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the design plans for which were announced this week. The new facility will be called The Harbor at Station Place.
The road... Read more ...
04/04/2007
4/3/07: I am pleased to report that on Friday, March 30, NTEU and the SEC finalized a settlement agreement to reimburse agency employees who applied for federal PLUS loans (Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students) in 2005. PLUS loans allow parents to borrow up to the total cost of college for their... Read more ...
03/28/2007
3/26/07: Pursuant to the Federal Labor-Management Relations Statute (FLMRS) and Article 3, Section 7C of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the SEC and the NTEU, this serves as the semi-annual notice to employees of their representation rights under the FLMRS.
Section 7114 (a) of the Civil... Read more ...
03/25/2007
3/24/07: On March 6, 2007, Senator John Warner of Virginia introduced S. 773, legislation to allow federal civilian and military retirees to pay health insurance premiums on a pre-tax basis. The bill, known as the premium conversion bill, was introduced with bipartisan support and is pending in the... Read more ...
03/21/2007
3/21/07: NTEU President Colleen Kelley today joined with a coalition of organizations representing members of the military and their families in calling for a 3.5 percent pay raise in fiscal 2008 for military personnel. That raise would be half-a-percentage point higher than the three percent raise... Read more ...
03/20/2007
3/15/07: On March 14, 2007, by a vote of 331 to 94, the House of Representatives passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (H.R. 985). The Act is the first major reform of federal whistleblower laws in 18 years and cures numerous weaknesses in existing law.
Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI),... Read more ...
03/15/2007
3/13/07: In a legal case with potentially far-reaching First Amendment implications throughout the federal workforce, NTEU has won a preliminary injunction preventing the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from forcing an employee to choose between his job and public service to his... Read more ...
03/15/2007
3/12/07: NTEU is urging the Senate to promptly confirm the reappointment of Carol Waller Pope to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), which has had one of its three seats open since her term expired last December. NTEU President Colleen Kelley, who expressed NTEU's strong support for Ms.... Read more ...
03/09/2007
3/9/07: Yesterday, NTEU President Colleen Kelley submitted a statement for the record to the Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for its hearing on federal personnel reform issues. Click here to review the statement she submitted.
The... Read more ...
03/07/2007
NTEU members can now receive a discounted subscription to Consumers' CHECKBOOK magazine, a non-profit publication featuring ratings of local services in seven U.S. cities including Washington, D.C. Find out where to go in your city for the best auto shops, plumbers, veterinarians, dentists, roofers... Read more ...
03/06/2007
3/6/07: The administration’s proposed 3 percent federal pay raise for 2008 — coming in the wake of the paltry 2007 raise, which was the lowest in 18 years — will do nothing to close the continuing gap between private sector and federal pay, NTEU President Colleen Kelley told a House subcommittee... Read more ...
03/03/2007
3/2/07: NTEU is showing our pride for members and their relatives who are serving in the U.S. military. A new page on the union's web site, NTEU.org, features profiles and photos of the brave men and women in active duty, the National Guard and military reserves. In addition, look for periodic... Read more ...
03/03/2007
3/1/07: A senior leader in the U.S. House on February 27 promised to work for a fair pay raise for federal employees and in support of their efforts to rein in runaway contracting—not just because that supports federal workers, but because it is good for America.
“The focus of the federal workforce... Read more ...
03/03/2007
3/1/07: Midterm election successes and progress on a number of legislative, legal and other issues in 2006 have set the stage for even further accomplishments this year on behalf of federal employees, NTEU President Colleen Kelley told a large group of NTEU members from around the country at the... Read more ...
02/22/2007
2/22/07: A key congressional leader will join with NTEU President Colleen Kelley as opening day speakers next Tuesday as more than 300 NTEU members from around the country gather for the union’s annual three-day legislative conference. Along with President Kelley, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer... Read more ...
02/22/2007
2/22/07: NTEU President Colleen Kelley today called on Congress to approve legislation that would extend to federal civilian and military retirees the same right that current federal workers have to pay health insurance premiums on a pre-tax basis.
The House legislation, H.R. 1110, introduced by... Read more ...
02/20/2007
NTEU filed a grievance this afternoon regarding a change in working conditions. Attorneys and Accountants at the Division of Corporation Finance were recently notified that they will be taking on additional administrative duties, including putting together hard copies of comment letter... Read more ...
02/15/2007
2/15/07: NTEU President Colleen Kelley welcomed the unanimous approval by the House Government Reform Committee of legislation that would significantly strengthen protections for federal whistleblowers—including their First Amendment rights.
President Kelley described H.R. 985, the Whistleblower... Read more ...
02/05/2007
2/5/07: According to NTEU President Colleen Kelley, the White House proposal for a three percent pay raise for federal workers in 2008 is yet another disappointing reflection of the administration’s disregard for federal employees and their contributions to our nation. That is especially true... Read more ...
02/05/2007
The 2008 budget recently proposed by the White House includes a 3.2% increase in the SEC's budget. The SEC would receive $906 million, an increase from the $878 million that the SEC is projected to spend in Fiscal Year 2007 (ending September 30). The Enforcement Division would receive a 3.5%... Read more ...
02/02/2007
2/2/07: Every year the NTEU’s Department of Legislation holds a conference called the NTEU Legislative Conference. This year the conference will be from the evening of Monday, February 26th until a closing luncheon on Thursday, March 1. If you or any member that you know wants to go to the... Read more ...
01/31/2007
1/31/07: NTEU prevailed on the PLUS Loan Arbitration this week. In a well reasoned decision, Arbitrator Joseph M. Sharnoff ruled in favor of NTEU on all issues. Click here, PLUS Loan Arbitration Decision, to read the decision.
The road leading to this important decision began when NTEU filed a... Read more ...

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