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09/28/2018
Chapter 293's Election Committee has provided the results of the 2018 chapter elections.
The winners of the contested elections are as follows:
President:  Greg Gilman;
Executive Board Representative, CHRO:  Andrew O'Brien;
Executive Board Representative, LARO:  Melissia Buckhalter-Honore;
Executive Board Representative, MIRO:  Terry Tennant; and
Executive Board Representatives, NYRO:  James Hanson and William Ostrow.
The results of the uncontested elections are as follows:
Vice President:  Patricia Copeland;
Secretary:  Lance Alworth;
Treasurer:  James Guigliano;
Executive Board... Read more ...
OPM
05/23/2018
This month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) sent a formal legislative proposal to Speaker Paul Ryan (WI) requesting that a number of changes to the federal retirement program be acted upon by Congress. Specifically, the OPM transmittal provides Congress with the language needed to implement the administration’s standing retirement proposals contained in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request to Congress.
As a reminder, these retirement changes would:  

Increase required employee contributions to FERS by 6 to 7 percent;


Eliminate the FERS supplement;


Change the High Three to a High... Read more ...
Wall Street
05/23/2018
The House of Representatives yesterday afternoon voted to pass S. 2155, a bill previously passed by the Senate to make certain changes to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. President Trump is expected to sign this bill. This possibly concludes an effort begun earlier this year originating with HR 10, which proponents call the “CHOICE Act.” You may recall that NTEU reported that this bill should be called the “Wrong Choice Act” because of the harm it would cause employees at financial regulatory agencies as well as consumers and depositors. 
As originally reported... Read more ...
11/15/2018
WHEN: On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern, NTEU Chapter 293 will hold a member meeting for the purpose of voting on ratification of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). 
Any bargaining unit employee who is not a member of the union may not vote. If you are a nonmember and you would like to participate in this important vote, you can join the union by filling out a Form SF-1187 (Standard Dues Withholding Form) and submitting a PDF of the executed form to Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman at any time prior to December 4.
WHERE:  Members in Headquarters will... Read more ...

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09/28/2018
WHEN: On Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern, 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 serve a barbecue lunch to all members in the Multipurpose Room in Headquarters.
NONMEMBERS:  Over 70% of bargaining unit (non-management) employees at the SEC are members of the union. Any bargaining unit employee who is not yet a member of the union who would like to attend the meeting and luncheon may... Read more ...
09/06/2018
They are attorneys at the SEC by day, rock stars by night. And next Thursday night, Sept. 13, their band, G.O.A.T. Rodeo, will be competing in a battle of the bands—of rock n’ rolling legal professionals.
If G.O.A.T. Rodeo wins the fourth annual Law Rocks competition, the winnings will go to the Federal Employee Education and Assistance (FEEA) Fund. The band has already raised more than $1,300 for the charity that is devoted exclusively to helping federal employees and their families through emergency assistance and scholarships.
“We selected FEEA as our charity because we care about our... Read more ...
Senate
06/19/2018
Yesterday, the Senate passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 5515, by a vote of 85 to 10. Although there were several amendments filed that adversely impacted federal employees, including on official time for union representation, those amendments were successfully blocked and not considered. The bill now goes to a House and Senate Conference Committee to work out differences between the two bills.   
As the union reported earlier, section 1123 of the Senate bill would increase the amount of Voluntary Separation Incentive Payments (VSIPs)... Read more ...
House of Representatives
06/10/2018
On June 7, the House of Representatives cleared H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, by a vote of 210-206. Requested by the White House on May 8 using the presidential rescission authority under the 1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, the approximately $14.7 billion package of spending cuts, introduced and shepherded by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA), derives from unspent agency funds.  
Under the 1974 budget law, the president can submit a formal rescissions proposal to Congress, for Congress to then consider the requested... Read more ...
Robert Kennedy
05/23/2018
"Unions, by and large, are democratic organizations with freely chosen leaders and policies determined by their membership. They concern themselves with individual dignity not only in their aims but in their method. We have no better example of what is worthy of emulation abroad than the workings of a good union." --Robert Kennedy