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In honor of Black History Month, the union is celebrating Constance Baker Motley, the first Black woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, winning nine of the 10 cases she argued, and the first to serve as a federal judge. The U.S. Postal Service honored her this year with the 47th stamp in the Black Heritage series.  
Congress sent a short-term spending bill to President Biden that would avert a partial government shutdown until March. The House passed the Senate's Continuing Resolution (CR) by a vote of 314-108, with opposition coming from conservative Republicans led by the House Freedom Caucus. President Biden will sign the measure.
Government funding was set to expire tonight for several federal agencies unless Congress passed a CR. NTEU agencies affected by this deadline were USDA, FDA, DOE, and NRC. Funding for the remaining agencies, including the SEC, was set to expire two weeks later on February 2... Read more ...
The NTEU union chapter at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) obtained an important win at the Federal Service Impasses Panel on telework.  The union successfully fought off an arbitrary, restrictive and unsupported agency proposal to force employees back in the office more often.
FEC employees were required to report to the office just three times per pay period, as part of an NTEU-negotiated pilot program. Despite the program’s success over an 18-month period, the FEC wanted employees to report to the office an additional day per pay period.
The union relied upon management’s own records... Read more ...
If there was a silver lining to the pandemic at the SEC it was this: over three years, frontline staff demonstrated beyond any doubt that the Agency is able to meet its mission successfully working almost 100% remotely. Nevertheless, Chair Gensler’s irrational hostility to telework continues to be a source of frustration for hardworking frontline staff. Last week, SEC senior management summarily denied the first grievance filed by the Union over a denial of an employee’s request to participate in the new Remote Telework Program. In so doing, senior management fabricated an improper standard... Read more ...

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"The time is always right to do the right thing."
--Dr. Martin Luther King
Following House and Senate passage, President Biden signed the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund agencies at current FY 2023 levels through either January 19, 2024, or February 2, 2024, depending on the agency. The SEC is funded through February 2.
Congress must now work in earnest to reach an agreement on FY 2024 funding levels as Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) announced that he will not pass another short-term spending bill, raising the stakes for a shutdown given the fact that House Republicans continue to push for significant cuts to agency funding levels and controversial policy riders.... Read more ...
Last night, the Senate passed the “laddered” Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend government funding at current levels and avoid a government shutdown. The bill now goes to the President, who is expected to sign it before funding under the current CR expires Friday night.
The “laddered” CR keeps funding at current levels until January 19, 2024, for agencies and programs funded by the Agriculture, Energy and Water, Military Construction-VA, and Transportation-HUD appropriations bills. The NTEU-represented agencies facing the January 19 deadline are USDA, FDA, DOE, and NRC. Agencies and... Read more ...
Government funding is still set to expire on November 17, but little progress has been made since Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) at the end of September. 
The Senate is currently considering a minibus appropriations package that consists of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill, and the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and related agencies appropriations bill.  The funding levels in this package passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee on a... Read more ...
During open season in November, NTEU members will again have access to Consumers’ Checkbook’s online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants. All NTEU members who currently or are planning to participate in Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) plans or the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) will find this online tool useful when making decisions regarding maintaining or changing health and dental insurance plans. The guide compares and ranks plans based on total costs including account premiums and estimated out-of-pocket costs (e.g.,... Read more ...
NTEU joins the nation in commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October15.