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Tuesday
Mar222016

Thank you Mr. Reardon from Ogden

Ogden employees enjoyed listening to NTEU National President Tony Reardon during his recent visit to Ogden and employees have shown a positive response since.

The NTEU Chapter 67 staff was honored to have Mr. Reardon as a guest and we greatly enjoyed the opportunity to talk about issues facing federal employees.

Friday
Feb052016

Ogden Welcomes NTEU National President Tony Reardon

Everyone is invited to join us during their lunch for a meet and greet with the National NTEU President.

Tuesday
Jan122016

NTEU is working hard for your rights, are you?


Working for You@IRS

January 11, 2016

NTEU Work On Capitol Hill Achieves Hike 

Mass Transit Benefit Increases to $255 in March
IRS employees will soon benefit from increased mass transit subsidies, thanks to NTEU’s work on Capitol Hill. Beginning March 1, IRS employees can take advantage of up to $255 per month to cover mass transit costs or qualified parking expenses.

Employees whose transit costs are higher than the existing rate of $130 per month should immediately file a new form with the IRS to obtain reimbursement for their actual transit costs, up to the $255 monthly limit.

This dramatic increase is possible because of NTEU’s persistent support in Congress for permanent parity with the parking benefit. Lawmakers approved transit benefit language as part of the final spending bill for fiscal year 2016. Congressional approval is an important first step in authorizing the new benefit but does not require the IRS to provide it. The NTEU contract with the IRS requires the benefit because the union negotiated it at the bargaining table.

The IRS has notified NTEU that eligible employees will receive the higher benefit on their TRANServe card on Feb. 10 for their March benefits.

Employees who need to update their commuting expenses to take advantage of the full benefit must do so by Jan. 17 to receive the March benefit. Check and update your commuting costs on the Public Transportation Subsidy Program form on OS GetServices.

Visit your local NTEU chapter for additional information.

Underfunded Awards Pools Prompt Grievance 

NTEU believes the IRS has not properly funded certain awards pools for fiscal year (FY) 2015 awards. After analyzing the awards data, the union filed a national grievance alleging a number of serious discrepancies.

Funding for awards pools was outlined in a settlement agreement. That agreement requires the IRS to fund awards at 1.0 percent of the total bargaining unit salaries from the prior fiscal year. However, certain awards pools (for FY 2015) are significantly lower compared to the FY 2014 awards funding, even though the numbers of bargaining unit employees did not decrease at nearly the same level. Those award pools thus appear to NTEU to be underfunded.

Further, there appears to be a disproportionate decrease in the share values for certain award pools as compared to those awards pools in FY 2014, resulting in decreased performance awards for individual bargaining unit employees.

The union believes an effective performance awards program is an essential part of recognizing employees for their hard work. Stay tuned for developments regarding this grievance.

Agreement Reached on TAC Appointment Service Initiative 

NTEU and the IRS have agreed on an initiative requiring taxpayers to make appointments to meet with employees in Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC). The program was piloted at a number of TAC sites for several months after an earlier agreement was reached in February. The initiative will be rolled out nationwide over the next three years. 
  
The mandatory appointment requirement is intended to alleviate taxpayer frustration at TACs and help to manage the workload for TAC employees. Long lines are common at TACs during tax season, frustrating employees and taxpayers. Taxpayers will be provided a toll-free number to call to schedule a TAC appointment in order to receive service.

Employees will receive training on the initiative, and there will be no change to the employee evaluation process as established in the contract. Employees can see the implementation dates for IRS siteshere.

Telework Violations Prompt Grievance

NTEU is aware of several alleged violations the agency is making in implementing the telework article in the 2016 contract. The union, which continues to gather information, has filed a grievance challenging several actions:

  • Certain business divisions are requiring extra language in recurring telework agreements and weekly supervisor approval of the agreements. The 2016 contract does not require additional consents once a recurring telework agreement is approved.
  • Lastly, NTEU learned that some employees at certain IRS locations are being denied recurring telework as a matter of course. Employees who meet eligibility criteria may request and be approved for recurring telework.

NTEU has also heard of cases where managers have told employees that they must convert an ad hoc telework agreement to a “recurring” telework agreement because they work on the same type of matters every time they telework. NTEU maintains that telework is voluntary, and managers have no authority to force an employee to change the type of requested telework that has been approved.

Telework is an important benefit for many IRS employees. NTEU is committed to ensuring that the program is properly implemented and will continue to monitor it carefully. Updates on the grievance will be shared with employees.

IRS Receives First Budget Increase In Six Years 

The omnibus funding package provides a total of $11.23 billion for the IRS in FY 2016, an increase of $290 million over the 2015 level. 

The final bill was a major improvement over the House-passed measure which cut the IRS’s budget by almost $838 million below the current level. Cuts in excess of $1.2 billion since fiscal year (FY) 2010 have decimated staffing and undermined the IRS’s ability to deliver quality taxpayer service and enforce the nation’s tax laws.

The additional $290 million over current levels for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 can only be used to improve customer service, combat identity theft and address cybersecurity issues. The IRS commissioner must provide Congress with specific plans on these issues before the additional money will be released.               [Source: National NTEU]


Thursday
Dec242015

Happy holidays from Chapter 67

Wednesday
Nov252015

Happy Thanksgiving from President Tony Reardon

This Thanksgiving, and every day of the year, I am deeply thankful for NTEU members and for all that you do for our country.[Tony Reardon]

Federal employees deserve the nation’s gratitude for your invaluable service and unyielding dedication. You touch the lives of Americans in countless ways and NTEU is proud to tell the public about the vital work you do and the valuable services you provide. Too often, your important work and the critical role you play are taken for granted, but your dedication is undeniable. NTEU is ever grateful for your unwavering commitment.

NTEU extends special thanks to the federal workers who are on the job during the holidays. You contribute to the strength, security and safety of our nation every day, 365 days a year.

I extend my warmest wishes to you and your family for a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving.

 

Friday
Nov062015

FACTS AND HISTORY ABOUT NTEU

[NTEU Fact Sheet]Knowledge is power, and our NTEU brochure will prepare you with a range of useful information. Want to know what NTEU has done for federal employees in the workplace? Need contact information? Interested in history and would like to learn more about the largest federal union in America?

Tuesday
Oct062015

OPM Begins Notifying Victims of Background Investigations Breach

NTEU was briefed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Beth Cobert and was informed that notifications have begun for the approximately 21.5 million individuals affected by the background investigations breach announced in early June. Out of the 21.5 million individuals, 19.7 million are individuals that applied for a background investigation, and 1.8 million are primarily spouses or cohabitants of the applicants.

The union believes that it took far too long for the notifications to begin. For months, federal employees and their families endured a rollercoaster period of anxiety and vulnerability.

[www.NTEU.org]

Monday
Sep282015

SAY 'NO' TO ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Americans depend on federal workers, say no to a government shutdown!  #‎NoShutdown‬

Please share this video (closed captioned).

Monday
Sep282015

No Funding in Place; NTEU Launches Social Media Campaign

As the weekend approaches, there are just six days remaining for Congress to take action to fund the federal government by Sept. 30 to avoid a government shutdown.

This afternoon, NTEU was briefed by top officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regarding ongoing administration planning in the event of a funding lapse.

OMB said that federal agencies have been instructed to post shutdown plans on agency web sites by 2 p.m. today. OMB has given agencies the green light to begin unofficial notifications to individual employees today about their status as ‘excepted’ or ‘non-excepted’ employees in the case of a government shutdown next week. Formal furlough notices will not be issued until Oct 1. 

A clean continuing resolution (CR) was introduced in the Senate yesterday that would generally fund agencies at fiscal year 2015 levels, although agency discretionary funds would be cut by 0.21 percent. Funding under this CR would last until Dec. 11.

Congressional actions to avert a shutdown will likely not occur until next week. As of today, the Senate plans to begin holding votes on this new CR late Monday afternoon. With the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, NTEU is urging Congress to stay focused on averting a shutdown.

Stay on top of all the news and information related to agency funding, including congressional activity and OMB preparations, at NTEU’s Government Shutdown web page.

Tuesday
Sep152015

Recognizing the achievements of the past and reminding us of the work still left undone.

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