Union News Archive

02/22/2007
2/22/07: A key congressional leader will join with NTEU President Colleen Kelley as opening day speakers next Tuesday as more than 300 NTEU members from around the country gather for the union’s annual three-day legislative conference. Along with President Kelley, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will address conference participants beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel.
The legislative conference will include Capitol Hill lobbying visits by NTEU chapter leaders and members, and will conclude with a luncheon address on Thursday by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Rep... Read more ...
02/22/2007
2/22/07: NTEU President Colleen Kelley today called on Congress to approve legislation that would extend to federal civilian and military retirees the same right that current federal workers have to pay health insurance premiums on a pre-tax basis.
The House legislation, H.R. 1110, introduced by Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) with 28 co-sponsors, would provide a benefit for federal and military retirees that active federal workers have enjoyed for more than five years. NTEU was instrumental in successfully pressing the Office of Personnel Management to make active federal employees eligible for this... Read more ...
02/20/2007
NTEU filed a grievance this afternoon regarding a change in working conditions. Attorneys and Accountants at the Division of Corporation Finance were recently notified that they will be taking on additional administrative duties, including putting together hard copies of comment letter dissemination packages for OEIA. A number of employees have expressed concerns to the union regarding this change, which was effected without reasonable advance notification to NTEU, a briefing, and an opportunity to bargain. Employees are concerned about the impact that this increase in administrative... Read more ...
02/15/2007
2/15/07: NTEU President Colleen Kelley welcomed the unanimous approval by the House Government Reform Committee of legislation that would significantly strengthen protections for federal whistleblowers—including their First Amendment rights.
President Kelley described H.R. 985, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, as “a much-needed improvement in a vitally-important area of the law impacting federal employees,” and called on Congress to approve it. The NTEU leader applauded the efforts of Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Tom Davis (R-Va.) in moving... Read more ...
02/05/2007
2/5/07: According to NTEU President Colleen Kelley, the White House proposal for a three percent pay raise for federal workers in 2008 is yet another disappointing reflection of the administration’s disregard for federal employees and their contributions to our nation. That is especially true coming, as it does, on the heels of the 2007 pay raise, which was the lowest in 20 years.
“Federal employees are falling further and further behind as the wage gap between the public and private sector continues to grow,” said Kelley. “With the impending retirement tsunami soon to engulf the federal... Read more ...
02/05/2007
The 2008 budget recently proposed by the White House includes a 3.2% increase in the SEC's budget. The SEC would receive $906 million, an increase from the $878 million that the SEC is projected to spend in Fiscal Year 2007 (ending September 30). The Enforcement Division would receive a 3.5% increase in its budget to $321 million, and the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations would receive a 3.9% increase to $213 million.
The President's proposed budget assumes that the SEC will finish Fiscal Year 2008 with 3,547 full-time employees, which is the same number that the agency... Read more ...
02/02/2007
2/2/07: Every year the NTEU’s Department of Legislation holds a conference called the NTEU Legislative Conference. This year the conference will be from the evening of Monday, February 26th until a closing luncheon on Thursday, March 1. If you or any member that you know wants to go to the conference, please contact me as we must act quickly. Previous conferences have included speeches, workshops, social events and constituent visits with your representative and senators, or more likely, their staffs.  I assume that this year will include a similar program. You will have to take annual leave... Read more ...
01/31/2007
1/31/07: NTEU prevailed on the PLUS Loan Arbitration this week. In a well reasoned decision, Arbitrator Joseph M. Sharnoff ruled in favor of NTEU on all issues. Click here, PLUS Loan Arbitration Decision, to read the decision.
The road leading to this important decision began when NTEU filed a national grievance to challenge the agency's 2005 elimination of Direct PLUS Loans from the list of loans that are eligible for repayment under the Student Loan Repayment Program (click here to review the terms of this popular program). Direct PLUS loans are loans that are taken out by parents to pay... Read more ...
01/31/2007
1/31/07: On Monday, January 29, Chapter 293 held a member representational meeting at the Headquarters auditorium which was broadcast to all of the regional and district offices in the SEC. The purpose of this meeting was to provide updates on the status of the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations and compensation issues.
Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman opened the meeting with remarks about the importance of the representational work on the CBA and compensation issues that Chapter 293 is doing for members across the country. He thanked the many employees who volunteer their... Read more ...
01/23/2007
1/23/07: Bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) provisions of current law. Both of these provisions unfairly penalize federal employees when they retire.
Under WEP, federal employees and retirees who also paid into social security, find their social security benefits reduced by as much as 55 percent just because they receive a federal pension. Under GPO, employees who receive a pension for government service and who are also eligible to receive spousal social security benefits, face major... Read more ...
01/22/2007
1/22/07: Along with supporting a bipartisan congressional call for civilian-military pay parity in 2008, NTEU President Colleen Kelley today underscored the need for a fair and adequate pay raise as well. “The 2007 federal pay raise was the smallest in 18 years and widened the damaging gap between public and private sector pay,” said President Kelley. “Fair pay is a crucial element in attracting and retaining the talented employees federal agencies require if they are going to meet the public’s needs and expectations.”
At the same time, President Kelley welcomed the letter to President Bush... Read more ...
01/16/2007
1/15/07: NTEU today offered its strong support of bipartisan legislation that would significantly buttress the rights and protections afforded federal employees who bring to light instances of government fraud, waste and mismanagement. The union's support for the measure is in line with its long history of fighting to protect and advance the First Amendment rights of federal employees.
The legislation, S. 274, the Federal Employee Protection of Disclosure Act, was introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) with nine bipartisan cosponsors, and is similar to... Read more ...
01/11/2007
1/11/07: The NTEU Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) met in Washington on Monday, January 8, 2007. NTEU legislative leaders from chapters and agencies across the country met to discuss new committee assignments on Capital Hill and NTEU’s legislative program, and to plan the 2007 National Legislative Conference.
NTEU President Colleen Kelley met with the Committee on Monday afternoon to receive their recommendation and report. The committee made several recommendations for legislative action, including continuing work on federal pay, keeping up the fight against privatization of federal jobs... Read more ...
01/05/2007
12/15/06: NTEU Chapter 293 prevailed in an arbitration contesting the denial of a career ladder promotion to a 20-year Broker/Dealer examiner. The arbitrator ruled that the grievant must be immediately promoted with one year of back pay.
The chapter presented a number of investigations that the grievant worked on which the SEC had cited in their Step One grievance response as being indicative of SK-14 work. The union also presented testimony of several coworkers (all of which are SK-14) who testified that they often go to the grievant for assistance in carrying out their higher graded duties... Read more ...
12/21/2006
12/21/06: It has come to the attention of NTEU that the SEC is sending out notices this week denying the Student Loan Repayment Program applications of employees who requested repayment of PLUS Loans. PLUS Loans are student loans taken out by parents for their children.
NTEU continues to maintain that the removal of PLUS Loan benefits from the Student Loan Repayment Program without first bargaining over this change is illegal. As many of you know, this issue is the subject of a pending arbitration in which NTEU has alleged that the SEC's decision to eliminate PLUS Loans from the program... Read more ...
12/20/2006
12/20/06: NTEU voiced concern about a possible yearlong continuing resolution to cover nine unresolved appropriations bills—Defense and Homeland Security have passed—warning that it could leave agencies underfunded and hinder the fight for a fair 2007 pay raise.
Sens. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and David Obey (D-Wis.), incoming appropriations committee chairmen, last week announced their intention to fund the entire fiscal 2007 year through a continuing resolution, after the current one expires on Feb. 15.
While the chairmen indicated that they would address priority funding needs by eliminating... Read more ...
12/15/2006
Full text of the October 2006 FSIP Decision on Compensation.
Securities and Exchange Commission
and National Treasury Employees Union
Federal Service Impasses Panel
06 FSIP 54
October 19, 2006

Decision and Order

The Securities and Exchange Commission (Employer or SEC) filed a request for assistance with the Federal Service Impasses Panel (Panel) to consider a negotiation impasse under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute), 5 U.S.C. § 7119, between it and the National Treasury Employees Union (Union).
Following investigation of the Employer's request for... Read more ...
12/13/2006
12/13/06: Since the 109th Congress only finished work on two FY 2007 appropriations bills before adjourning (Homeland Security and Defense), the incoming Appropriations Committee Chairmen, Congressman David Obey (D-WI) and Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) announced yesterday their intent to continue the current continuing resolution for the entire 2007 fiscal year, which began October 1, 2006, and will conclude September 30, 2007, so they could be in a position to complete the FY 2008 bills on time.
While the two chairmen indicated that they would try to modify the continuing resolution and will... Read more ...
12/12/2006
12/12/06: On December 5 and 6, the term negotiations between NTEU and the SEC continued in Washington D.C. These negotiations marked the eighth set of bargaining sessions since May regarding changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. During these sessions, the parties exchanged proposals and discussed the following issues, among others:
Article 6 (Mid-Term Bargaining): Continued discussion of the union's proposal to require management to provide a briefing to the union whenever a change is proposed by management, prior to the union being required to submit written proposals.
Article 7 (... Read more ...
12/12/2006
On December 5 and 6, the term negotiations between NTEU and the SEC continued in Washington D.C. These negotiations marked the eighth set of bargaining sessions since May regarding changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. During these sessions, the parties exchanged proposals and discussed the following issues, among others:
Article 6 (Mid-Term Bargaining): Continued discussion of the union's proposal to require management to provide a briefing to the union whenever a change is proposed management, prior to the union being required to submit written proposals.
Article 7 (Work... Read more ...
12/12/2006
12/12/06: On December 9, 2006, the President signed into law, H.J. Res. 102, the Continuing Resolution (CR) for fiscal year 2007 which will essentially keep the government running through February 15, 2007. Because the Republican-led Congress had not enacted nine of its eleven regular appropriations bills, including the Transportation/Treasury Appropriations bill which includes federal pay, it was necessary to clear this stop-gap measure to ensure that the federal government could continue to operate. Unfortunately, the CR did not address the area of federal employee pay. Therefore, the... Read more ...
11/16/2006
11/16/06: In a positive development with respect to the Student Loan Repayment Program, this week the SEC responded to issues raised by Chapter 293 leadership concerning the agency's recent unilateral changes to the program. As a result, the agency is issuing new notices to a number of affected employees increasing their repayment disbursements.
Prior to this week, the SEC denied or greatly reduced the Student Loan Repayment applications of a number of employees who had less than $10,000 in remaining student loan debt. NTEU challenged this change to the program on the grounds that it was not... Read more ...
11/14/2006
11/15/06: The Chapter 293 Legislative Committee deals with legislative issues and their application to SEC employees, coordinates lobbying efforts and educates Chapter 293 members about legislative activity.
If you are a member of NTEU (or you are willing to become a member), and you are interested in engaging in communications with your local Senators and Representatives regarding issues of importance to SEC employees, you should consider joining the Legislative Committee. We need volunteers from every office in the country. This is a volunteer position that can be a challenging, rewarding... Read more ...
11/14/2006
11/15/06: The term negotiations between NTEU and the SEC continued last week in Washington D.C. These negotiations marked the seventh straight month of bargaining sessions regarding changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. During these sessions, the parties discussed the following issues, among others:
Article 3 (Employee Rights): Attempting to modify the requirement that an employee comply with a management order when it conflicts with applicable standards of professional conduct, extensions of filing deadlines when management denies a request to meet with a Union representative.... Read more ...
11/01/2006
11/01/06: In an important further development on the Student Loan Repayment Program front, it has come to the attention of NTEU that the SEC is unilaterally imposing further limitations upon the repayment benefits distributed this year to a large number of SEC employees. In its notices to these employees, the SEC appears to be asserting that, if an employee owed between $10,000 and $20,000 when he or she participated in the program last year, this year he or she will only be eligible to receive a payment equal to the amount owed last year, minus $10,000.
The SEC's notices on its new... Read more ...

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