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Tuesday
Jan162018

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday
Jan012018

HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2018



Dear NTEU Members, 

What a year! Before we leave 2017 behind, I wanted to say thank you to every NTEU member for being part of the union and for the work you do as a member of this great nation's federal workforce.

We had some very difficult times in 2017, including legislative attacks on your pay and benefits, ongoing shutdown threats and a series of unimaginable natural disasters. But we stood strong, we stood together, we fought back and we helped those in need.

We were successful in stopping harmful changes to your retirement, and we even had legislative victories. We brought a lot of new contracts into the workplace­­, preserving and expanding your rights.

NTEU continued its ongoing efforts to tell your story and change the public narrative about federal employees. Too few Americans understand the full scope of the contributions federal employees make to their daily lives, and we will not let a biased narrative about you go unchallenged.

Like many of you, I approach a New Year with a mixture of anticipation, hope and renewed resolve. What I anticipate in 2018 is the continued strength of NTEU members working together for each other and for our country. I hope that our collective voices will pierce the anti-federal employee rhetoric that surrounds Washington, D.C., and more accurate and balanced discussions emerge. And, I resolve to continue my 25+ years of representing NTEU members and fighting for you every single day.

I am looking forward to celebrating NTEU’s 80th anniversary in 2018. Our union has been protecting federal employees since 1938, and we have built a strong, powerful network of dedicated chapters and chapter leaders. They draw on all the experience and knowledge gained over eight decades to provide the best representation in the federal sector. In 2018, we begin to write the history of our next 80 years, and I know it is one for which we will all be proud.

I wish you and your families a healthy and happy New Year, and I look forward to working with each of you in 2018 to keep our federal workforce strong and to provide you with the resources you need to serve our country.

Tony Reardon
NTEU National President

Tuesday
Nov282017

THE PEOPLE'S VOICE 2017 VOL. 2

[Available now, click image to view]

Wednesday
Oct112017

Feds facing $32B pay, pension hit: Time to bite back? 

In a worst-case scenario on Capitol Hill, federal and postal workers could be hit by changes that would permanently cut their take-home pay, make voluntary or mandatory early retirement more costly and eliminate the FERS retirement program for future hires. But there is light, maybe, at the end of the tunnel. If you flex your political muscle.

In addition to increasing employee contributions to the FERS plan (by 1 percentage point each year for six years) the budget resolution would gradually decrease the government’s share of employee-retiree health premiums. Currently, agencies pay an average of 72 percent of the total premium. Under the new budget plan, government contributions would be linked to the cost of living, gradually lowering them while forcing workers and retirees to pay a larger portion of the total premium.

When and if the budget plan is approved — and the Senate would have to agree — the government would eliminate the supplemental benefit for employees who retire before age 62 (when they become eligible for Social Security). Those supplement payments can be worth thousands of dollars. Many federal workers — law enforcement officers, firefighters and others in high-stress jobs — are forced to retire at age 57. The financial hit to them would be very serious.

There have been efforts, under both Republicans and Democrats, to reduce federal worker/retiree benefits for years. Unions, professional associations and groups representing retirees have successfully fought them off. But this year may be different.

Richard G. Thissen, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, said the budget “sets the stage for broken promises, lower paychecks and less retirement and health security” for workers and retirees.

National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said it’s “a mean-spirited” effort to make active and retired feds pay for proposed tax cuts for the wealthy. He said feds have already lost $200 million in the name of deficit reduction and through the three-year federal pay freeze.

The Senate is taking a different budget path. When its plan is passed, it will have to be reconciled with the very different House package later this month. So the nail-biting will continue for a while. Meantime …

The good news, if you can find any from this, is that the House vote approving the budget package was close: 219-206. Nine members did not vote!

Which is where you come in.

The vast majority of federal workers are not inside the Beltway. Not even close. Feds live, work and vote in every city, town and county in the U.S. They are a major presence from Alaska and Oklahoma to North and South Carolina. And Texas. And Florida. And California. And New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana. Just about everywhere, except maybe Vermont. In some places — Ogden,Utah and Huntsville, Alabama — the government is the employer. And local merchants who depend on the federal salary (and retiree) dollar know it. But it wouldn’t hurt to remind them. And your member of Congress. If they voted for you, thank them (using your home computer to generate the email). If they voted against, you let them know that you are out there (as in back home) and watching closely. And eagerly awaiting the next election.

So who are your potential pen pals? NARFE provided its members with a link showing how members voted. If your particular member either voted “yea” or didn’t vote, you might want to contact him/her (off duty) by phone, email or both. Here’s the link.

By: Federal News Radio

Mike Causey @mcauseyWFED

NTEU67.org note:

Quickly contact your congressional representatives using the NTEU Action Center at www.NTEU.org

30 percent of federal employees are veterans. Veterans, firefighters, law enforcement, border patrol, government/federal servants are all affected by this. These people were made a promise if they spent their lives in government service they would get certain benefits. To pull the rug out from under them now is absurd and would not be tolerated by a private entity.

Monday
Sep252017

FALL PREVIEW ON CAPITOL HILL

Although Congress passed a three-month continuing resolution (CR), severe cuts to take-home pay for current employees and pensions for retirees are still on the table.

As congressional leaders and the administration work to reach agreement on a 2018 budget resolution before the Dec. 8 deadline, lawmakers are considering several proposals that would harm federal employees. They include raising the amount that current employees must pay toward retirement; basing future retirement benefits on the average of the highest five years of salary instead of the current three; eliminating the supplement for employees who retire before they start collecting Social Security at age 62; eliminating cost of living adjustments (COLA) for retirees covered by the Federal Employee Retirement System; and reducing COLAs for Civil Service Retirement System retirees.

NTEU is encouraging all members to send a letter today and every week to oppose these proposed pay and retirement cuts. At the same time, NTEU is watching these bills that could affect you:

NTEU Supports

 

Fair Pay and Benefits: Bills in the House and Senate would provide federal employees with an average 3.2 percent raise next year, higher than the average 1.9 proposed by the administration.

Paid Parental Leave: Legislation would provide six weeks of paid leave to federal employees who are new parents.

NTEU Opposes

 

Abolishing Key Agencies: Bills would eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Environmental Protection Agency and Internal Revenue Service.

Gutting Workplace Rights: House bills would eliminate employee due process, appeal and representation rights and curb collective bargaining.

Threats to Financial Regulatory Agencies: A House bill would gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and weaken several NTEU-represented financial regulatory agencies.

Visit NTEU’s Legislative Action Center to make your voice heard on these important issues.

Monday
Sep042017

HAPPY LABOR DAY

Wednesday
Aug302017

Accounts Management Employees Back Pay Arriving

Monday
Aug282017

A Message from NTEU on Hurricane Harvey

Message from the National President

NTEU Announces $30,000 in Matching Grant to Help Victims
Hurricane Harvey Impacting Federal Offices
and Employees


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 leave for office closures and time off to deal with storm damage. Here is information from the Office of Personnel Management about flexibilities, pay, benefits and other topics for affected employees.

NTEU recognizes those members who are required to work during this difficult time, including Customs and Border Protection Officers who were required to shelter in place at Houston's Hobby Airport.

As part of the union's commitment to helping federal employees in times of need, I am announcing a special emergency assistance initiative. NTEU will match—dollar for dollar—up to $30,000 in donations to a special fund that provides emergency assistance to federal employees of NTEU-represented agencies impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

All donations made to the NTEU Fund at the Federal Employees Education and Assistance (FEEA) Fund will be doubled—up to $30,000. FEEA is the only organization that provides emergency assistance solely to federal employees.

To apply for assistanceclick here.

To contribute to the NTEU Fundclick here. Donations can also be made by check made out to “FEEA-NTEU Fund” and sent to: FEEA Headquarters, 1641 Prince St., Alexandria, VA 22314. 

I will provide further updates as information is available. We encourage all federal employees and other area residents to heed local warnings and stay safe as response efforts continue. Please share this information with affected NTEU members.

 

Tony Reardon

National President

Monday
Aug142017

NTEU LAWSUIT SEEKS LIFETIME COVERAGE FOR MEMBERS

Tuesday
Aug082017

2017 NTEU National Convention

NTEU Chapter 67 attends the 2017 National Convention. Our chapter won 2nd overall among 31 agencies and departments in the nation for communication. Congratulations!

  

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