Union News Archive

09/24/2008
9/24/08: Today the House of Representatives passed the 3.9 percent federal employee pay raise by 370 to 58. NTEU pushed for the inclusion of this raise in H.R. 2638, the legislative vehicle containing the fiscal year 2009 continuing resolution.
NTEU National President Colleen Kelley strongly applauded House approval of the continuing resolution (CR) with language providing an average 3.9 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees. “This action sends the right message to the women and men of the federal workforce—namely, that their continuing contributions to the well-being of our... Read more ...
09/24/2008
9/24/08: The union is pleased to report that the NTEU-backed federal employee pay raise of 3.9 percent for 2009 has been included in the continuing resolution that is on the House Floor today. As previously reported, this increase is a full percentage point higher than the President’s budget recommendation of only 2.9 percent, and follows the precedent of providing a pay raise based on the Employment Cost Index now at 3.4 percent, plus one-half percent.
Without inclusion of the 3.9% increase in the continuing resolution that is passed by Congress this week, a final decision on the federal... Read more ...
09/24/2008
9/23/08: Pending legislation to provide federal employees with domestic partners the same access as married employees and their spouses to participate in benefit programs would underscore the federal government’s traditional role as a model employer, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley told a Senate committee today. To read the testimony, click here, Kelley Testimony on Domestic Partner Benefits.
Traditionally, the private sector is encouraged, but not mandated, to adopt employee benefit programs in place in the federal government through its good example and resulting market forces as the... Read more ...
09/20/2008
9/19/08: Chapter 293 held a special chapter meeting on Wednesday, September 17. At the meeting, members voted on a Bylaws amendment unanimously recommended by Chapter 293's Executive Board. According to Ralph Talarico, the attorney from NTEU who tallied the votes, the amendment passed with 91% in favor. The total vote by members participating in the meeting was 328 in favor and 32 against. The new Bylaws became effective at midnight on September 17, and may be reviewed by members on the chapter's website by clicking here, Chapter 293 Bylaws.
09/20/2008
9/19/08: The full Senate has passed S. 3001, the National Defense Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 2009 with a 3.9 percent pay raise for military personnel in a vote of 88-8. NTEU supported the measure’s 3.9 percent raise for military personnel, an increase of one half percent above the President’s recommendation of a 3.4 percent raise. This was an endorsement of the precedent of providing raises based on the Employment Cost Index (ECI) now at 3.4 percent, plus one-half percent. The bill’s passage will enable the House and Senate to go to conference on the measure. NTEU is lobbying for the... Read more ...
08/26/2008
8/26/08: The SEC has announced a 1.5% merit pay salary increase for FY 2009, effective this pay period. This amount roughly represents the equivalent of a “one-step” merit pay increase for everyone at the agency. NTEU continues to maintain that 1.5% represents a woefully inadequate pay raise for SEC employees, who have been asked by agency management to produce more and more while the SEC continues to reduce their pay raises under the merit pay program. The agency has now chosen to slash its merit pay budget for three consecutive years. Indeed, the paltry 1.5% raise represents the lowest... Read more ...
08/11/2008
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08/11/2008
President's Perspective, Summer 2008: More than half of the corporations in the U.S. currently provide some form of paid parental leave benefit to their employees. Perhaps it is for that reason that people are often surprised to learn that federal employees receive no paid time off to care for their newborn infants or recently adopted children. Instead, they are only permitted to take unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) of 1993, and then use sick leave or annual leave, if available, to continue to be paid while they are out of the office. It is time to provide a paid... Read more ...
08/11/2008
Katie Nix is our Chief Steward, and as such, she works with all of the Chapter 293 Stewards scattered around the country. Katie has been a union activist since we first began the drive to unionize in late 1998, and before becoming Chief Steward, she served as a member of the Chapter bargaining team that negotiated our current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Many of you know Katie as a union official, but that is only one small part of her longstanding commitment to making the Commission a better workplace. Katie began working as an examiner in the Division of Corporation Finance in early... Read more ...
08/11/2008
At the end of July, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley welcomed overdue action by the General Services Administration (GSA) to raise the mileage reimbursement rate to 58.5 cents per mile for federal employees using their personal vehicles on government business. At the same time, she expressed her clear disappointment that the increase is not retroactive to July 1, as NTEU had urged, and stated that the IRS rate should be even higher. GSA raised the rate effective Aug. 1.
Earlier, the Internal Revenue Service increased the rate allowable as a business deduction for business travel to 58.5... Read more ...
08/11/2008
NTEU has had great success in including the 3.9 percent pay raise in major legislative vehicles moving forward in both Houses of Congress. This is one of the union’s top legislative priorities for the year.
The military and civilian pay increase has historically been determined by using the Employment Cost Index (ECI), currently at 3.4 percent, plus an additional one-half percent. The 3.9 percent amount is in keeping with this precedent and moves a step forward to closing the unjust pay gaps both sectors face with comparable jobs in the private sector.
Early on, NTEU was successful in... Read more ...
08/11/2008
Just before the August recess, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1108 (326 yeas – 102 nays), a bill to grant the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products. With NTEU’s support, the bill included an Oversight Committee amendment providing credit to federal employees covered under the FERS system to count unused sick leave towards their retirement pension calculation. Under the bipartisan agreement, FERS-covered employees will receive credit for 75 percent of their unused sick leave for three years after the bill becomes law. After the three year period, 100 percent of the unused... Read more ...
08/11/2008
A Chapter meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at 1:00 EST at the Headquarters LL Auditorium, videoconferenced to the Regional Offices. At the meeting, updates will be provided on topics of interest, and members will vote on a proposed amendment to the Chapter 293 Bylaws recommended by the Executive Board. Members may vote on the Bylaws amendment by delivering a ballot at the September 17, 2008 meeting to a member who has been assigned to collect ballots. For more information on the Bylaws amendment, please review the materials posted on the Chapter’s homepage, www.secunion....
08/11/2008
To dispel negative stereotypes and increase awareness of the important contributions federal employees make to the country, NTEU has launched its first-ever public service campaign including television and radio public service announcements, media relations and grassroots efforts. The campaign, entitled “Federal Employees...They Work For U.S.,” features actual federal workers talking about the work that they do to defend our homeland, protect our borders, ensure the safety of our natural resources, health, food supply, financial systems and more.
Many Americans are not aware of the depth and... Read more ...
08/11/2008
In July, Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman visited the San Francisco Regional Office. While there, he made a luncheon presentation updating the members about a number of issues. He also met with chapter leaders, employees and senior managers to discuss pending issues and matters. Thanks to SFRO members Cate Whiting, Adrienne Miller, Jeff Lyttle and Kian Tabrizi for organizing this event.
08/11/2008
The SEC’s original budget proposal for FY 2009 included only a 1.5% increase for its merit pay budget. However, NTEU’s lobbying efforts this summer to increase that merit pay budget have been paying dividends.
The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved FY 2009 funding of $938 million for the SEC – $25 million more than the White House proposal. Similarly, in June, the House Appropriations Committee also voted to provide $15 million in additional SEC funding for the coming fiscal year, “at least half” of which was to be used to increase the merit pay budget at the SEC. The Senate... Read more ...
08/11/2008
At the end of July, the SEC filed with the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals a Petition for Review of NTEU's recent Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) victory in the 2002 within grade increase (WIGI) case. As a result of the SEC’s decision to proceed in this fashion, this summer hundreds of the agency’s own employees will not receive the back pay to which they are entitled as a result of the SEC’s violation of federal labor law as determined by the FLRA. Instead, those employees will now be required to wait additional months for a final decision by the DC Circuit.
The SEC... Read more ...
08/01/2008
8/1/08: This week, the SEC filed with the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals a Petition for Review of NTEU's recent Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) victory in the 2002 within grade increase (WIGI) case. As a result of the SEC's decision to proceed in this fashion, this summer hundreds of the agency's own employees will not receive the back pay to which they are entitled as a result of the SEC's violation of federal labor law as determined by the FLRA. Instead, those employees will now be required to wait additional months for a final decision by the DC Circuit.
The SEC... Read more ...
08/01/2008
8/1/08: Last night the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1108 (326 yeas – 102 nays), a bill to grant the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products. With NTEU’s support, the bill included an Oversight Committee amendment providing credit to federal employees covered under the FERS system to count unused sick leave towards their retirement pension calculation. Under the bipartisan agreement, FERS-covered employees will receive credit for 75 percent of their unused sick leave for three years after the bill becomes law. After the three year period, 100 percent of the unused sick leave... Read more ...
07/30/2008
7/30/08: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today offered her strong support for a legislative proposal which would be a major step forward in fairness for a substantial number of federal workers over the manner in which unused sick leave is treated for pension purposes.
President Kelley said the provision in H.R. 1108 would permit employees covered under the newer Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) to count accrued but unused sick leave toward their pensions.
“This is a very welcome and important step toward correcting some of the disparity in treatment of employees who often... Read more ...
07/30/2008
7/30/08: With the August recess break nearly upon us, NTEU has had great success in including the 3.9 percent pay raise in major legislative vehicles moving forward in both Houses of Congress. This is one of the union's top legislative priorities for the year.
The military and civilian pay increase has historically been determined by using the Employment Cost Index (ECI), currently at 3.4 percent, plus an additional one-half percent. The 3.9 percent amount is in keeping with this precedent and moves a step forward to closing the unjust pay gaps both sectors face with comparable jobs in the... Read more ...
07/30/2008
7/29/08: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley this week welcomed overdue action by the General Services Administration (GSA) to raise the mileage reimbursement rate to 58.5 cents per mile for federal employees using their personal vehicles on government business. At the same time, she expressed her clear disappointment that the increase is not retroactive to July 1, as NTEU had urged, and stated that the IRS rate should be even higher. GSA raised the rate effective Aug. 1.
Earlier, the Internal Revenue Service increased the rate allowable as a business deduction for business travel to 58.5... Read more ...
07/30/2008
Notice of Chapter Meeting
The Chapter meeting previously scheduled for August 6, 2008, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at 1:00 EST at the Headquarters LL Auditorium, videoconferenced to the Regional Offices. At the meeting, updates will be provided on topics of interest, and members will vote on a proposed amendment to the Chapter 293 Bylaws recommended by the Executive Board which is described below. Members at each office may vote on the Bylaws amendment by delivering a ballot at the September 17, 2008 meeting to a member who has been assigned to collect ballots. You... Read more ...
07/28/2008
You can review the notice for the Chapter Meeting and information about the Bylaws amendment proposed by the Executive Board by clicking here: Bylaws Amendment. Ballots for the proposed Bylaws amendment will be collected at the Chapter meeting noticed for August 6, 2008 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST. At Headquarters, the meeting will be held in the LL Auditorium, and ballots will be collected at there. In the Regional offices, the meeting will be videocast, and ballots will be collected by a designated member at the videocast. If you will not be able to attend the meeting, you may obtain and... Read more ...
07/15/2008
7/15/08: NTEU received a letter from Linda Springer, Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), notifying the union that OPM will be administering the Federal Human Capital Survey (FHCS) to employees in the federal workforce. The tentative administration date is August 11–September 12.
Participants in the survey include 450,000 full-time, permanent employees from the President’s Management Agenda agencies and approximately 60 small/independent agencies. This will be the fourth time OPM has administered the biannual survey.
The survey is intended to measure employees’ perceptions... Read more ...

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