Union News Archive

10/18/2007
10/18/07: NTEU played a key role more than a decade ago in reforming the Hatch Act. NTEU President Colleen Kelley today reflected on the considerable positive impact those changes have had in fostering greater participation by federal employees in the nation’s civic life.
The Hatch Act governs the activities of federal employees in political matters; prior to the 1994 amendments to the law, federal employees were effectively barred from taking part in political activities.
President Kelley offered her assessment of the functioning of the Hatch Act in the post-reform period in testimony before... Read more ...
10/17/2007
NTEU has received questions from members regarding press reports that a health care plan recently proposed by Senator Hillary Clinton would open up FEHBP plans to nonfederal enrollees potentially raising premiums.
NTEU has confirmed that, under this proposed plan, federal enrollees in FEHBP would remain in separate risk pools from any other potential enrollees, thereby ensuring that federal enrollee premiums would not impacted in any way. This was exactly the same treatment of nonfederal enrollees’ participation in FEHBP that was included in the health care plan put forth by Senator John... Read more ...
10/16/2007
10/16/07: Our new collective bargaining agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission is a testimony to the hard work and dedication that the NTEU bargaining team brought to the negotiations table during a difficult bargaining environment. NTEU's team consisted of Chapter 293 members Greg Gilman, Veronica Lewis, Katie Nix, Dean Suehiro and Netta Williams and NTEU Negotiator Kevin Fagan.
It has been more than two years since the SEC announced its plan to reopen the national agreement and, from the beginning, NTEU was intent on retaining and improving the benefits we had already... Read more ...
10/16/2007
WHEN: On Thursday, October 25, 2007, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM EST, NTEU Chapter 293 members will vote on ratification of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. (Members in Washington may want to arrive between 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM to ensure that their names are checked prior to 1:00 PM).
WHERE: Members in Headquarters should go to the main auditorium. Members in regional offices should consult with their steward regarding where to meet. (Any bargaining unit employee who is not a member of the union but who would like to participate in this important vote should click here to fill out a Form SF... Read more ...

10/16/2007



10/16/07: Our new collective bargaining agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission is a testimony to the hard work and dedication that the NTEU bargaining team brought to the negotiations table during a difficult bargaining environment. NTEU's team consisted of Chapter 293 members Greg Gilman, Veronica Lewis, Katie Nix, Dean Suehiro and Netta Williams and NTEU Negotiator Kevin Fagan.
It has been more than two years since the SEC announced its plan to reopen the national agreement and, from the beginning, NTEU was intent on retaining and improving the benefits we had already... Read more ...
10/15/2007
10/15/07: As the National President of NTEU, Colleen Kelley serves on the Federal Salary Council (FSC or Council), an advisory body created under the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act (FEPCA) to advise the President’s Pay Agent on implementation of the locality pay program established by FEPCA. NTEU National Executive Vice President Frank Ferris is also a member of the Council. The President’s “Pay Agent” is not a single person, but an entity comprised of the Secretary of Labor, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management.... Read more ...
10/10/2007
On Thursday, October 25, 2007, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM EST, there will be a meeting of all members of NTEU Chapter 293 for the purpose of ratifying the newly negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement. At Headquarters, members should meet at the Auditorium. Members in the regions should check their local bulletin boards or ask a steward where to meet. Any bargaining unit employee who is not a member of the union but who would like to participate in this important vote should click here to fill out a Form SF-1187 (Standard Dues Withholding Form), and submit the executed form to a Chapter 293... Read more ...
10/09/2007
10/9/07: Rep. Barney Frank (D. Mass.) spoke to SEC employees this afternoon at the invitation of Chapter 293. He appeared at the Boston Regional Office and his remarks were video-conferenced to all of the SEC’s offices. Congressman Frank, shown here with Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman, is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees, among other things, the SEC and other entities, such as the NYSE and the NASD, which police the securities markets.
Of particular interest to SEC employees was Rep. Frank's announcement at the beginning of his speech that new... Read more ...
10/04/2007
10/4/07: NTEU and the SEC have reached a tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement at the agency. This agreement was negotiated by Chapter 293’s CBA negotiating team, consisting of Chapter 293 members Greg Gilman, Veronica Lewis, Katie Nix, Dean Suehiro and Netta Williams, and NTEU negotiators Jurmell James and Kevin Fagan. Once the new agreement has been finalized, all members of Chapter 293 will be afforded the opportunity to vote on this new contract, which contains a number of important new rights and benefits for all SEC employees.
New Rights and Benefits
Here are some... Read more ...
10/04/2007
10/4/07: Federal employees now make an average of 23 percent less in salaries than their counterparts in the private sector, according to new data released yesterday by the Federal Salary Council (FSC).
That federal employees earn less than employees doing similar work in the private sector has long been acknowledged but new compensation surveys using more refined data, performed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released today by the FSC, indicate that the gap is larger than previously thought. The advisory body put the growth in the public-private pay gap over the past year at six... Read more ...
09/28/2007
9/28/07: Late yesterday, in a vote of 94-1, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 52, the FY 2008 Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the government agencies at FY 2007 levels until November 16, 2007. Earlier, as reported yesterday, the House passed the resolution by 404-14. The measure now goes to the White House where it is expected to be signed by the President.
Action on this CR means the government will continue to be funded until November 16, 2007. Meanwhile, Congress and the President will continue to work on the regular FY 2008 appropriations bills. Currently, the House has passed all of its... Read more ...
09/27/2007
9/27/07: On September 30, 2007, the federal government’s fiscal year ends. Since 1995 when, under then House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congress failed to pass measures funding the government and many agencies shut down, NTEU members have been anxious as to the possibility of another shut down.
The House of Representatives has passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend agency funding until November 16, 2007. NTEU expects the Senate will take this CR up later this week. If the President signs the CR into law before the end of the month, there will be no government shutdown before November 16th... Read more ...
09/21/2007
9/21/07: The SEC has yet to provide aggregate merit pay distribution information, broken down by office, division and type of employee. Nor has the SEC provided the preliminary recommendations on ratings that employees’ supervisors provided to the compensation committees (the so-called transmittal sheets), so that employees will be able to see management’s initial recommendations and the rationale for any changes made by the committees.
Providing information of this kind to SEC employees in a timely fashion when merit pay distributions occur would represent an important step by the agency... Read more ...
09/21/2007
9/21/07: With the opening of the new union-negotiated canteen at Station Place this week, now is a good time to reflect upon the important representation that Chapter 293 provided to SEC employees in Washington in connection with the Station Place move negotiations. Many employees may be unaware of the hard work put in by their fellow employees who volunteered to negotiate with management over issues related to the move -- and frequently faced stiff opposition from management on a variety of issues. Nevertheless, they were able to get you the benefits and services that you deserve, including... Read more ...
09/18/2007
9/18/07: An important House subcommittee has marked up legislation containing provisions that would strengthen and expand the rights of federal employees and members of the military — including allowing retirees from both groups to use pre-tax income to pay health insurance premiums. At present, only current federal workers can use pre-tax income for such payments.
The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which played a key role in securing the benefit for federal workers starting in 2000, has been strongly advocating its extension to retirees as well.
The markup by the House Oversight... Read more ...
09/17/2007
9/17/07: Mark your calendars -- training by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is scheduled to occur December 10-12 at SEC Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Chapter 293 requested in past Labor-Management Relations Committee meetings that this AICPA training be webcast for employees who are not able to attend in person. Like last year, the training will be webcast in the Main Auditorium at HQ.
Please let your manager know if you intend to attend the training. You can receive a CPE certificate for attending. To get credits, please contact your Administrative Officer in... Read more ...
09/14/2007
9/14/07: NTEU President Colleen Kelley today called on the Senate to join the House in approving legislation that would expand voting rights for residents of the District of Columbia by providing them with voting representation in the House of Representatives.
In a letter to senators, President Kelley said S. 1257, introduced by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), “would correct a grave injustice—namely, the disenfranchisement of American citizens who live in the District of Columbia.” She noted that a great many NTEU members are District residents.
At present,... Read more ...
09/14/2007
9/13/07: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announcement today that the increase in health insurance premiums for enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) will average 2.1 percent in 2008 is severely undercut by the stunning 8.5 percent average increase in premiums for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan. Nearly 60 percent of the 8 million federal employees, retirees, and their family members in the FEHBP are enrolled in the Blue Cross plan.
“The increase to the Blue Cross/Blue Shield premium rates comes even though OPM used cash reserves to hold down overall... Read more ...
09/13/2007
9/13/07: On September 12, 2007, the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved the recommendation of its Subcommittee on Defense and passed the military pay raise at 3.5 percent for fiscal year 2008. The Senate Committee’s version of H.R. 3222 passed out of committee unanimously, 29-0.
This development further demonstrates the bipartisan support for NTEU’s request for an increase of one-half percent above the administration’s proposed 3 percent increase for the military and civilian workforce. At the present time, all major legislative vehicles that address the two raises have either been... Read more ...
09/07/2007

Obtaining Full Funding for the SEC's Merit Pay Program

Increasing the SEC's Retirement Match for SEC Employees in Accordance with the Pay Parity Legislation


Obtaining a 3.5% COLA for 2008


09/07/2007
Click these links to review news about NTEU's arbitration victory on the merit pay system.
GovExec.com
Business Week
Forbes
Washington Post
FCW.com
09/06/2007
Washington, D.C.—In an important legal victory for the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), an arbitrator has ruled that a pay-for-performance system unilaterally designed and implemented by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is illegal because it has resulted in discrimination against large groups of agency employees.
“This decision should serve as yet another warning against rushing to implement pay-for-performance systems in the federal workplace,” said NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley. “The SEC system failed because it lacks fairness, credibility and transparency, which... Read more ...
09/06/2007
9/6/07 (A message from NTEU National President Colleen Kelley): NTEU has won an important legal victory against the unfair and fundamentally-flawed pay-for-performance system at the SEC. An arbitrator ruled that the pay system unilaterally-designed and implemented by the agency is illegal because it has resulted in discrimination against large groups of agency employees.
In a case challenging the SEC’s implementation of its 2003 “pay for performance” program, Arbitrator James Harkless found that the agency’s subjective program for awarding merit step increases violated Title VII of the Civil... Read more ...
09/06/2007
Rep. Barney Frank (D. Mass.), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has accepted an invitation from Chapter 293 to speak to SEC employees. He will appear at the Boston Regional Office on Tuesday, October 9, at 12:00 EST, and he will be video-conferenced to all of the SEC’s offices. At HQ, employees should meet at the Closed Commission Hearing Room, No. 10800. Regional employees should ask their local steward where to meet. The House Financial Services Committee oversees, among other things, the SEC and other entities, such as the NYSE and the NASD, that police the securities... Read more ...

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