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12/13/2012
12/13/12: The SEC’s latest low score on the Partnership for Public Service “Best Places to Work” rankings, 19th out of 22 mid-sized agencies, is sobering news  – but as the agency transitions to new leadership I am hopeful that our senior leaders will bring the same focus to our internal challenges... Read more ...
12/12/2012
12/13/12: Today, the Partnership for Public Service (“PPS”), a nonpartisan organization dedicated to revitalizing the federal government by transforming the way government works, released its annual “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” rankings for 2012. The Union today posted internal... Read more ...
12/12/2012
Below are links to the 2012 FEVS reports from the Office of Personnel Management for the SEC and each of its offices and divisions: 
2012 FEVS SEC-Wide Report
2012 FEVS Headquarters Division and Office Report
2012 FEVS Regional Offices Report
2012 FEVS Atlanta Regional Office Report
2012 FEVS... Read more ...
12/10/2012
12/10/12: Automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, which could go into effect on January 2, 2013, if Congress and the White House do not agree on a way to prevent them, would not have the same impact as a government shutdown due to lack of appropriations.  When there is an appropriations... Read more ...
12/03/2012
12/3/12: Please contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign -- there are only 12 days to go. As I am sure you know, it is in times like these that donations to charity can really make a difference. Consider how very fortunate all of us are at the SEC this year. Despite the salary freeze and... Read more ...
12/03/2012
12/3/12: As you know, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently released the results of its 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) which is a tool that measures employee satisfaction and employee perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions characterizing successful... Read more ...
11/27/2012
11/27/12: A group of supportive Members of Congress and the Federal-Postal Coalition urge no further cuts to the federal workforce.  Members of Congress have sent this letter to Congressional Leadership and this letter President Obama, pointing out that federal employees have already contributed... Read more ...
11/08/2012
11/8/12: NTEU will match—dollar for dollar—money donated to a special fund that provides emergency assistance to federal employees of NTEU-represented agencies impacted by megastorm Sandy, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley announced today.
“Though more than a week has passed, many federal... Read more ...
10/05/2012
Chapter 293 will hold its annual meeting for Union members on Tuesday, October 16, from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM, EDT. The meeting will occur at the Headquarters Main Auditorium in Washington, D.C., and it will be videocast to the regional offices. An interpreter for the hearing impaired will attend the... Read more ...
10/01/2012
10/1/12:  NTEU this week requested that the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) assert jurisdiction over the impasse in the negotiations between the Union and the SEC over a new collective bargaining agreement. After a year and half of negotiations, the SEC and the Union are at impasse over... Read more ...
09/25/2012
10/1/12: Chapter 293's Election Committee has certified the results of the 2012 chapter elections. The winners of the contested elections are as follows:
Executive Board Representatives, HQ Professional:  Noel Gittens, Mickael Moore and Kevin Stertzel; and
Executive Board Representative, HQ At... Read more ...
09/20/2012
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report this week outlining the sequester, or automatic budget cuts, that will go into effect on January 2, 2013 pursuant to the Budget Control Act of 2011, unless Congress acts to cancel them. The budget cuts will total $109 billion for 2013, $54... Read more ...
09/17/2012
August 3, 2012 emails
 
August 17, 2012 email from Lacey Dingman to management.
09/05/2012
A little over a year after giving the following special Labor Day message on September 5, 1960, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988 granting collective bargaining rights to federal employees:
May I offer my congratulations to the members of organized labor on this 1960 Labor Day... Read more ...
08/30/2012
9/5/12:  In a decision last week, an independent federal arbitrator ruled that SEC management in the New York Regional Office ("NYRO") violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement ("CBA") between the SEC and NTEU by reassigning a part-time Staff Accountant and mother of two to a full time schedule... Read more ...
08/23/2012
8/23/12: Last week, NTEU Chapter 293 filed a national grievance against the SEC seeking an order compelling the agency to stop its use of the numerical ratings from the FY 2011 pilot run of the so-called "evidence based" performance management system ("EBP"). The Union expects that it will be... Read more ...
08/22/2012
8/22/12: Yesterday, the White House issued its alternative pay plan which would implement a 0.5% pay raise for civilian federal employees in January 2013.  However, the White House has asked Congress to delay the effective date of the raise until the expected CR expires, which is anticipated to be... Read more ...
08/21/2012
What Are “Performance Management” and “Pay for Performance” Systems and How Does the SEC Intend to Use Them?
“Performance management” and “pay for performance” (the latter sometimes referred to as “merit pay” at the SEC) are frequently used interchangeably.  Although they are often linked, they are... Read more ...
08/21/2012
8/23/12: The last week of scheduled mediated negotiating sessions between the SEC and NTEU over the Collective Bargaining Agreement ("CBA") came to an end earlier this month. The SEC failed to come to agreement with the Union's bargaining team on several issues that are important to SEC employees.... Read more ...
08/21/2012
8/23/12: The recent independent survey of the SEC regarding the agency's new, so-called "evidence-based" performance management system ("EBP") clearly demonstrates what SEC employees have been talking about for the last couple of years around the water cooler:  the new system is too complicated, ... Read more ...
08/14/2012
8/23/12:  The results of an SEC employee survey about the SEC's so-called "evidence based" performance management system ("EBP") are in -- and the SEC received a failing grade.
Last year, the Union negotiated an agreement with the SEC concerning a second "pilot run" of the EBP for the 2011 rating... Read more ...
08/02/2012
8/2/12: Earlier today the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation, the “Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012,” that would extend a number of tax provisions that have expired or will expire at the end of this year, including a provision that would reinstate parity between the... Read more ...
08/01/2012
8/1/12: As you are aware, NTEU and BJ’s Wholesale Club has teamed up to offer a discount on BJ’s annual memberships.  The August enrollment period for our members to take advantage of this discount has been extended through September 30, 2012.
BJ’s is a discount wholesale club that offers... Read more ...
08/01/2012
8/1/12: Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 828, the “Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2011,” which requires federal employees to be fired if they have a tax debt. 
NTEU believes that requiring federal employees, already subject to a two year pay freeze, to be terminated... Read more ...
06/28/2012
6/28/12: A conference committee working on the Transportation bill, H.R.4348, has reached agreement on that bill.  The NTEU-supported phased retirement proposal for federal employees is included in that conference agreement.  Under this proposal, which was also included in the President’s FY 2013... Read more ...

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