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10/19/2017
According to the recently published 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) results, the SEC has continued its impressive upward progress in the FEVS rankings. This progress over the past few years is directly attributable to a large scale, multi-year, joint labor-management initiative at the agency specifically designed to improve the agency’s previously poor showing in the FEVS. Over the past several years, literally hundreds of managers and frontline staff union representatives have teamed up in each office and division at the SEC, collaborating together to improve employee... Read more ...
10/06/2017
Yesterday, the union reported about the attacks on federal employee retirement. The budget is accompanied by a report that also contains additional policy options regarding proposed reductions in spending, including changes and cuts for the federal workforce, as well as for employees at FIRREA agencies. Referred to as “illustrative policy options,” these proposals merely serve as recommended changes, and do not on their own amend law.  
These recommended policy options to the House Financial Services Committee include putting all employees at FIRREA agencies under the GS pay system. This... Read more ...
10/05/2017
Today, the House passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 71) by a vote of 219-206 that directs the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to produce at least $32 billion in cuts. This committee primarily has jurisdiction over federal employee benefit programs, which is where these cuts would need to come from, translating into federal employee benefit reductions. While separate legislation would be required to make actual changes to these benefit programs, the budget recommends to lawmakers to substantially increase FERS employee contributions (an approximate 6%... Read more ...
10/05/2017
Yesterday, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) briefed NTEU on the premium rate increases in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) for 2018 that covers approximately 8.3 million federal employees, retirees, and eligible family members. In plan year 2018, the FEHBP will consist of 262 health plans government-wide. Overall, premium increases for FEHBP plans in 2018 will average 4%; 3.2 % for the government and 6.1% for enrollees.  Rate increases for the 1.9 million participants in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program will be 1.26% for dental... Read more ...

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09/28/2017
WHEN: On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 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:  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 join... Read more ...
08/29/2017
As Hurricane Harvey continues to threaten parts of Texas and Louisiana, NTEU’s thoughts are with the thousands of NTEU members in the storm's devastating path.
When crisis hits, federal employees are often the first responders, and NTEU is working on multiple fronts to help those impacted by the hurricane’s powerful winds and flooding.
NTEU is in close contact with our chapters in the affected areas and is working with agencies to ensure all employees are accounted for. We stand ready to deal with any workplace issues employees may encounter as a result of the storm, including administrative... Read more ...
07/25/2017
Representative Rokita (IN), along with Representatives Brat (VA), Loudermilk (GA), and Smith (MO), have introduced legislation, the Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency Act (H.R. 3257), that would make radical changes to the rights and protections of federal workers.
To start, the bill would make any employee hired on or after one year after the bill’s enactment an at-will employee that may be removed or suspended without notice or a right to appeal for “good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all.” However, certain legal protections remain, including laws protecting employees from... Read more ...
07/19/2017
Rep. Diane Black, chair of the House Budget Committee, has released a proposed budget plan for Fiscal Year 2018. As of the posting of this report, the House Budget Committee is scheduled to consider and vote on the plan today. Several Republican members have shared concerns with the budget plan in advance of committee consideration, and it is not known at this time whether or not there will be enough support from legislators for the budget to be voted on, and to pass on the House floor.        
The proposed blueprint is for a budget resolution for FY 2018, and it outlines general spending... Read more ...
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07/18/2017
Late last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. The bill would make a $3 million reduction in funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission. NTEU strongly opposes this cut. Though modest, SEC is in great need of additional resources to fulfill its important mission of protecting the American investor. 
Also troubling is that the bill includes many of the provisions of HR 10, the “CHOICE Act,” that would place the banking regulatory agencies (FDIC, OCC, NCUA and CFPB) under the appropriations process,... Read more ...
07/18/2017
The House Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill has been approved by the House Appropriations Committee. Historically, this is the measure that carries the General Schedule for federal employee pay raise.
As in the past four years, the bill did not include specific language on the January 2018 across-the-board pay increase, which would allow the President’s 1.9% proposed raise to go into effect in January unless further Congressional action is taken to increase or decrease the proposed raise. The FSGG appropriations bill must still be approved by the full House... Read more ...