5/6/12: During NTEU's National Steward Training Conference last week, several Chapter 293 leaders were recognized for their important work for SEC employees over the past year. Among the recipients of Leadership Awards were Joel Crepea, Carol Fava, John Graubard, James Hanson, Will Ostrow and Azam Riaz from the New York Regional Office.
Azam and Joel were both recognized for serving on Chapter 293's national Collective Bargaining Team, which is currently negotiating with management over our basic Union contract at the SEC, which will address a wide range of employee programs and rights, such as telework and alternative work schedules. Joel has also been working over the past year as a member of the National OCIE Reassessment team, which met regularly with senior management officials to address employee issues related to the reorganization of OCIE.
Will Ostrow was recognized for his service as a member of Chapter 293's Legislative Committee. As a member of that committee, Will traveled to Washington, D.C. for NTEU's 2012 Legislative Conference, where he helped to deliver a strong message on the Hill in support of the SEC's critical mission. As you know, despite the tough climate in which many agencies' budgets were reduced, the SEC received a substantial increase in its FY 2012 budget.
Carol Fava and James Hanson were both recognized for their important work representing NYRO employees in a number of cases during the past year, and John Graubard was recognized for his work recruiting new members to Chapter 293.
In addition to their local representational work at the NYRO, these Chapter 293 leaders have worked on many important national projects that are having a substantial impact upon SEC employees across the country. "The employees of the New York Regional Office should be very proud to have among them such talented individuals who are volunteering their time and energy to make a positive contribution to improving the agency," Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman recently said. "I know that I am very proud of my association and work with all of them."