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08/11/2022
The union is receiving an increasing number of inquiries about the status of the union’s bargaining over the SEC’s plan to return all staff to the office for mandatory in-person work (“RTO”) in January. We regret to inform you that management notified the union this week that Chair Gensler has opted to immediately take the matter to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (“FMCS”). Mediation at FMCS usually constitutes the first step towards bringing a bargaining “impasse” to the Federal Service Impasses Panel (“FSIP”) for resolution through litigation.
Chair Gensler’s decision to go... Read more ...
08/04/2022
Today, the union requested mediation assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) regarding our negotiations with SEC management over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The parties completed their formal CBA negotiating sessions last week, and this week we exchanged “Last Best Offers” on most of the articles that the parties opened for discussion last spring. Seeking mediation at FMCS is a last chance for the parties to reach agreement before taking an “impasse” (a fundamental disagreement over contract terms) to the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) for... Read more ...
07/27/2022
As the union and SEC management near the end of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) negotiations, we have received many questions from SEC employees regarding the state of our discussions regarding the future of telework at the SEC.
Since CBA bargaining began last spring, the union team has urged Chair Gensler to seize the unique opportunity this moment in time affords to move the SEC firmly into the future of work in our nation. After two and half years of everyone at the agency working remotely, with a high degree of success, we envision a future with a highly flexible SEC telework... Read more ...
07/27/2022
After continuing to receive numerous employee questions about the use or lose leave issue, the union is providing this further update.
Employees must schedule all of their use or lose by the end of the year to avoid forfeiture, because Chair Gensler has continued to refuse to address this issue, despite the following facts:
The approximate projected balance of use or lose leave for 2022 for all bargaining unit employees is well over 300,000 hours. Obviously, this will result in a large number of employees being required to take a large amount of leave during the last several months of... Read more ...

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08/01/2022
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the text of all twelve funding bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said it is his hope that, with the release of the bills showing the priorities of the Senate Democrats, members can take a step closer toward reaching a bipartisan compromise. As you may recall, the House of Representative passed a six-bill appropriations package the week before last (read about it here). Given the Senate Appropriations Committee has not considered these bills and the August congressional recess begins soon, it is... Read more ...
07/22/2022
This week, the U.S. House of Representative passed H.R. 8294, an appropriations package that included six FY 2023 spending bills. The bill, which passed by a vote of 220-207 consisted of the following bills:  Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. H.R. 8294 provides funding... Read more ...
07/22/2022
The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations held the second in a series of hearings on the future of the federal workforce.  Jason Miller, Deputy Director of Management at the Office of Management and Budget, and Kiran Ahuja, Director of the Office of Personnel Management, testified at the hearing.  NTEU submitted this statement noting that key to recruiting and retaining employees is for the federal government to provide employees flexible work schedules and expanded telework; better paying jobs and a strong benefits package—including strong retirement and health... Read more ...
05/17/2022
NTEU has filed a petition for rulemaking asking the FLRA to revise its regulation regarding who may ask it for general statements of policy or guidance. During the last administration, anti-union groups that were not comprised of federal employees seized upon broad language in the regulation to request policy statements or general guidance aimed at hurting federal unions and the employees that they represent. You can view the petition here.
NTEU’s proposed revision would limit those who could request FLRA policy statements or general guidance to (1) the head of an agency; (2) the president of... Read more ...
05/13/2022
By a vote of 50 to 49, the Senate confirmed Susan Tsui Grundmann to the three-member Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), which administers the Labor-Management relations program for approximately 2.1 million non-postal federal employees and, among other things, supervises union elections, adjudicates unfair labor practice complaints, and resolves questions concerning the negotiability of bargaining proposals. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) was the only republican to vote in support of Ms. Grundmann.
Ms. Grundmann, endorsed by NTEU, is well qualified for this position and has years of... Read more ...
05/13/2022
The union wanted to provide an update to you on the impending “use or lose” leave crisis at the SEC. This week, the union was notified by SEC Labor Relations that Chair Gensler will be taking no action to further address this issue in 2022. This is an issue that is likely to affect all SEC employees for the remainder of the year, since Chair Gensler’s current misguided policy choice will likely result in a large number of employees being required to take a massive amount of leave between now and December 31, 2022. This means that the SEC will be experiencing shortages of employees in all of... Read more ...