Union News Archive

3/25/08: Last week, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley wrote to every member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel in support of a higher pay raise than the administration proposed. To see a copy of one of these letters, click here, Kelley Letter.
President Kelley lent support to the Military Coalition’s testimony in favor of a higher pay raise for military personnel than the Bush Administration requested and urged the subcommittee to provide a 3.9 percent pay raise, equal to the one NTEU proposed for federal employees. She urged the subcommittee to provide that... Read more ...
NYRO Lunch March 26
NTEU is holding a representational lunch for all NYRO bargaining unit employees on Wednesday, March 26 at 12:30, 17th Floor Forum Area. Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman, NTEU Field Representative Ralph Talarico, and NYRO stewards will be on hand to discuss the CBA, merit pay, alternative work schedules, telework and more. Sandwiches and salad will be served.
Headquarters Workshops Scheduled in April
On Thursday, April 3, from noon to 1PM, NTEU representatives will present a workshop on alternative work schedules and telework. On Wednesday, April 30, from noon to 1PM, NTEU... Read more ...
March 2008: This year being what it is, now is a good time for SEC employees to refresh their understanding of the restrictions on political activities contained in the Hatch Act.
In 1939, the enactment of the Hatch Act was hailed as a critical step toward cleaning up government and ending political patronage. Its goal was to ensure a qualified, stable workforce free from coercion and the constant threat of job loss for no reason. Since that time, the federal workplace has changed a great deal and in 1993, the Hatch Act was reformed to reflect these changes.
Listed below you will find some... Read more ...
March 2008:
Telework Bill
On March 13, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved HR 4106, the Telework Improvements Act of 2007, sponsored by Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL). This legislation largely follows recommendations NTEU made in congressional testimony last November. The bill seeks to ensure that all eligible employees will have the opportunity to telework. It defines teleworking employees as those who telework at least 20% of the time. The bill would require agencies to provide training on telework to both managers and employees and have each agency appoint a full-time... Read more ...
In some offices, OCIE managers have been restricting employee participation in some popular programs provided in the new collective bargaining agreement. Issues involve 4-10 schedules, telework arrangements and attire policies. NTEU representatives recently met with OCIE Director Lori Richards, and discussions related to these issues will continue in late March.
NTEU will keep you apprised regarding these issues. Please be sure to request the reasons for any denial of a 4-10 or telework request in writing from your supervisor, and let your Chapter 293 steward know about any problems that you... Read more ...
The expanded telework provisions of the new CBA went into effect on February 26. Eligible employees who have worked on a recurring telework schedule for at least one year in the past may request to participate in the program for three, four or, in some cases, five days per week. Applications must be received by the SEC by March 31. Decisions on those applications will be made by April 21.
If you have any questions about the expanded telework program, or about telework in general, please contact NTEU Steward Dean Suehiro, suehirod@sec.gov. Dean can respond to your questions, and he also has... Read more ...

Legislative NewsMarch 2008: In early March, NTEU leaders from chapters and agencies across the nation assembled to bring the voice of federal workers to Capitol Hill. The conference was a tremendous success. From Maine to California, members of Congress heard directly from NTEU leaders on representational issues of importance to federal employees. From these meetings, members of Congress agreed to cosponsor important pro-federal employee legislation, agreed to work with NTEU on federal employee issues, and pledged to vote against legislation that would cut back on retirement and health... Read more ...
On March 13, the House of Representatives approved a budget resolution that includes language to provide pay parity for federal civilian and military employees in fiscal 2009, as well as significant funds to reduce the backlog of disability determination cases at the Social Security Administration (SSA). The language — which does not set a figure for the salary increase but calls for equal amounts for both groups — was applauded by NTEU National President Colleen Kelley.
The White House budget proposal sent to Congress in February calls for only a 2.9 percent pay increase for federal civilian... Read more ...
The grand opening of the SEC’s new child care center, the Harbor at Station Place, occurred on January 30. SEC Chairman Chris Cox, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley, and Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman were all on hand for the ceremony.
The road leading up to the Harbor began when NTEU commenced negotiations with the SEC regarding the move to Station Place. An NTEU survey found that a child care center was a priority for many SEC employees. Chapter 293's bargaining team pressed this issue for two years before obtaining management’s agreement.
Their hard work paid off for SEC employees... Read more ...
NTEU entered into a settlement agreement with the SEC, effective as of March 17, which partially resolves the union’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rates grievance, and includes back pay and damages for numerous affected employees.
This grievance alleged that the SEC incorrectly exempted a number of bargaining unit positions from the overtime provisions of the FLSA and, by extension, failed to pay them sufficiently for overtime worked. Under the settlement, the SEC will convert employees in a number of positions (listed below) to nonexempt (or covered) status under the FLSA. The... Read more ...
3/12/08: Click the links below to obtain more information about two informative workshops to be presented at HQ by NTEU in April:
April 3 Telework and Alternative Work Schedules Workshop
April 30 Attire Policy Workshop

AWS Form.
3/7/08: It is time for the United States to catch up with the rest of the world by offering paid parental leave, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley told House members yesterday.
“Wouldn’t it be nice,” said Kelley, “if the federal government—once thought of as pioneering and innovative in its personnel programs—was at the forefront of this growing movement?”
President Kelley offered her strong support for H.R. 3799, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) which would provide paid parental leave under the Family and Medical... Read more ...
3/6/08: If you have questions about telework, or the new expanded telework program, please contact NTEU Chapter 293 Steward Dean Suehiro, at SuehiroD@sec.gov. He can respond to your questions. Dean also has informative materials on telework that are available to members of Chapter 293. Thanks.
3/5/08: Solemn tribute was paid last night to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. At the annual Vigil of Lights, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley was joined by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff, CBP Commissioner W. Ralph Basham and U.S. Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.).
Each year, NTEU remembers these brave public servants at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in downtown Washington. The candlelight ceremony involved nearly 200 members of NTEU, many of whom are CBP Officers at ports of entry... Read more ...
3/5/08: NTEU is offering a new BJ's Wholesale Club benefit. BJ’s is a discount wholesale club that offers discounted prices on over 6,500 different products and services. Members must sign up for this benefit by March 31, 2008.
The new BJ’s Wholesale Club/NTEU member only benefit is as follows:
$10 off the annual Membership Fee (for new members or renewals); the fee is normally $45 for Inner Circle® memberships and $80 for Rewards® memberships;
15-month membership (three extra months at no cost);
2nd membership card free for household member (additional cards are $20 each); and
BJ’s... Read more ...
3/5/08: Federal employees understand issues of government “in a way that only those so close to the epicenter can,” NTEU National President Colleen Kelley told the opening session of the union’s annual legislative conference today.
President Kelley called on the more than 300 NTEU members here for the three-day lobbying program to raise their voices both on Capitol Hill and when they return home in a determined effort to help shape their futures and that of their country.
“We understand that to achieve the promise of America, our agencies must be funded properly, and our jobs must be... Read more ...
On Tuesday, February 26, Chapter 293 will hold an NTEU member benefits event in the Multipurpose Room – Lower Level, 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. Click here to learn more about this event: Benefits Event.
President's Perspective, March 2008: In February, during Congressional testimony on federal pay for performance systems, the SEC announced its commitment to temporarily separate its performance management system from its much-maligned merit pay system while the agency works with NTEU on implementation of a new performance management system. To accomplish this separation, for the current rating year, all SEC employees who receive an “acceptable” performance rating under the agency’s current two-level performance management system will receive “equivalent share” pay increases that are equal to... Read more ...
Click here to obtain a copy of an Alternative Work Schedules Application Form: AWS Form.
2/12/08: SEC Executive Director Diego Ruiz stated during testimony before a House subcommittee this afternoon that all employees receiving an "acceptable" performance rating will receive an "equivalent share" of the funds the SEC has available for merit pay increases, until the agency's new performance management system has been implemented.
Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman has urged the agency to adopt such an interim approach to merit pay for several months, given the obvious deficiencies that have rendered the SEC's current pay for performance system inherently unfair and unworkable. A... Read more ...
Help NTEU Chapter 293 deal with implementation issues surrounding 4-10 and 5/4-9 alternative work schedules by taking one minute to fill out a survey on those programs. Click here, Survey on AWS, to take the survey now. Thanks!
2/5/08: The application deadline for Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) scholarships for the 2008−2009 school year is fast approaching. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 28, 2008.
Federal employees and qualified family members can appy for a FEEA scholarship. Applications are available at www.feea.org.
FEEA scholarships include the $5,000 award under the FEEA-NTEU scholarship program established a year ago. Last year, one of the six FEEA-NTEU scholarships was awarded to a working federal employee, who was also a long-time NTEU member.
2/5/08: Yesterday, President Bush submitted his budget proposal to Congress, which will now begin the processing of making appropriations for FY 2009. The budget proposes a 2.9 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees. NTEU believes that this pay proposal is insufficient to stop the loss of skilled, experienced and dedicated employees from a wide range of federal agencies in the coming years. The proposed budget would do nothing to close the 23 percent pay gap between federal and private sector workers. Closing that gap with the private sector was the stated goal of the 1990 Federal... Read more ...
2/4/08: The administration’s proposal for a 2.9 percent pay raise in 2009 for federal civilian employees will accelerate sharply the loss of skilled, experienced and dedicated employees from a wide range of federal agencies in coming years, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley said today. She called for a raise of 3.9 percent next year for both civilian employees and members of the military.
A raise in that amount would reflect the applicable Employment Cost Index (ECI) of 3.4 percent, plus one-half of one percent, which is the formula that has been used in recent years. The ECI is put... Read more ...