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10/6/14:  Last week, the SEC sent out this notice to employees stating that the new supplemental retirement match negotiated for SEC employees by the union would be increasing from 1% to 3%, "beginning Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014." This notice omitted an important additional piece of information -- namely, that the SEC's Office of Human...

8/1/14:  Last month, senior management in the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) reneged on an agreement...

5/27/14:  from GovExec.com:  Two Democratic senators have introduced legislation that would give federal employees a 3.3...

4/2/14: Yesterday, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan (WI) released his version of a FY 2015 Budget.  As with previous...

3/28/14:  Legislation (H.R. 4306) was introduced in the House this week by Representatives Gerry Connolly (Va.), Jim Moran (Va.) and Elijah...

2/28/14: Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted on HR 3193, a bill that would reduce the rate of pay for employees of the new...

1/17/14: Last week, NTEU won a national grievance against the IRS for its refusal to provide retroactive transit benefits to its employees under...

1/17/14:  NTEU and the SEC are entering into a new agreement this week to provide parking subsidies and bicycle expense reimbursement...

1/17/14: Last month, the Partnership for Public Service (“PPS”) released its Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings...

12/4/13:  This afternoon, the union filed a national grievance against the SEC for its failure to implement the new professional dues...

12/3/13: The current transit subsidy of $245 per month is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013. Unless Congress takes action, the subsidy will...

10/22/13: Last week, union members attending Chapter 293's Annual Meeting voted overwhelming, by a 99.5% margin, to ratify the new Collective...

10/9/13: Early this summer, the SEC stated that, beginning this year, new employees would be granted a waiver from the one-year service...

10/9/13:  Last week, the SEC reported to the Union that the implementation of the 1% retirement match that the agency agreed upon in the FY...

9/24/13: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) today announced an average increase of 3.7 percent in 2014 health premiums for federal employees...

9/18/13:  Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released ...

In a move that will have a significant, long-term impact on the SEC's culture, SEC Chair Mary Jo White appears to be moving the SEC further...

9/11/13: The Union has fought for over a decade to establish a supplemental retirement match for all employees at the SEC – and the agency...

9/3/13: Friday, the President called for a one percent pay increase for the federal workforce for FY 2014. The pay raise is scheduled to be...

By Sarah Lynch at Reuters:  The SEC's organizational structure "has not been conducive to motivating and...

7/18/13: Legislation has been introduced in the House by Rep. Grimm, H.R. 2288, the “Commuter Parity Act of 2013,” and in the Senate...

7/18/13: As the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee prepares for another hearing today to consider testimony related to the May...

6/27/13:  NTEU Chapter 293 has formally requested bargaining with the SEC over two new commuter programs, a bicycle program that would...

6/27/13: In a landmark ruling yesterday, the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). Application of...

By Robert Schmidt at Bloomberg.com: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has paid $580,000 to settle claims by a...

6/6/13: This week, NTEU invoked formal arbitration after the SEC denied the Union’s national grievance over the SEC’s refusal to...

6/6/13: This week, NTEU Chapter 293 requested a briefing and an opportunity to bargain over changes that the SEC is proposing to make to the...

6/6/13: The Union’s compensation negotiating team was pleased when SEC Chair White yesterday endorsed the basic concept proposed by the...

6/6/13:  An independent fact-finder this week asked for an additional two weeks to finalize his decision on the impasse in the Collective...

4/23/13:  The SEC has unilaterally implemented a 360 degree review program for managers. This program differs in key respects from the...

4/23/13:  Late last week, the Union filed with the Federal Labor Relations Board an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge against the SEC for...

4/23/13:  Today the Union published further demographic data concerning the ratings the SEC recently distributed to non-management employees...

4/17/13: On Monday, legislation requiring the federal government to fire federal employees if they have a tax debt failed to garner the necessary...

4/15/13:  On Friday, NTEU Chapter 293 filed a national grievance against the SEC over its refusal to implement retroactive transit benefits,...

4/9/13: Next week the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 249, the “Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2013,” which requires...

2/12/13: In the past few weeks, the union and management Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiating teams met with a mediator to attempt to...

1/15/13:  Today the House rejected an amendment offered by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to the Hurricane Sandy Relief bill (H.R. 152) that would...

1/9/13:  Effective January 1, 2013, GSA has increased the gas mileage reimbursement rate for federal employees to 56.5 cents. 

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1/7/13:  The Union has notified the SEC's Office of Human Resources that SEC employees expect the transit subsidy to be...

With the recent distributions made for this year under the Student Loan Repayment Program at the SEC, this week is a good time to reflect on...

1/2/13: Yesterday, the House of Representatives took up legislation extending the pay freeze for federal employees and members of Congress through...

1/2/13: The fiscal cliff deal approved by both the House and Senate includes NTEU-supported language that would reinstate parity between the...

12/13/12: The SEC’s latest low score on the Partnership for Public Service “Best Places to Work” rankings, 19th out of 22 mid-...

12/13/12: Today, the Partnership for Public Service (“PPS”), a nonpartisan organization dedicated to revitalizing the federal...

12/10/12: Automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, which could go into effect on January 2, 2013, if Congress and the White House do not...

12/3/12: As you know, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently released the results of its 2012 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (...

11/27/12: A group of supportive Members of Congress and the Federal-Postal Coalition urge no further cuts to the federal workforce.  Members...

11/8/12: NTEU will match—dollar for dollar—money donated to a special fund that provides emergency assistance to federal...

10/1/12:  NTEU this week requested that the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) assert jurisdiction over the impasse in the...

10/1/12: Chapter 293's Election Committee has certified the results of the 2012 chapter elections. The winners of the contested elections are...

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report this week outlining the sequester, or automatic budget cuts, that will go into effect...

9/5/12:  In a decision last week, an independent federal arbitrator ruled that SEC management in the New York Regional Office ("NYRO...

8/23/12: Last week, NTEU Chapter 293 filed a national grievance against the SEC seeking an order compelling the agency to stop its use of...

What Are “Performance Management” and “Pay for Performance” Systems and How Does the SEC Intend to Use Them?...

8/23/12: The last week of scheduled mediated negotiating sessions between the SEC and NTEU over the Collective Bargaining Agreement ("CBA...

8/23/12: The recent independent survey of the SEC regarding the agency's new, so-called "evidence-...

8/23/12:  The results of an SEC employee survey about the SEC's so-called "evidence based...

8/2/12: Earlier today the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation, the “Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012,” that...

8/1/12: As you are aware, NTEU and BJ’s Wholesale Club has teamed up to offer a discount on BJ’s annual memberships.  The...

8/1/12: Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 828, the “Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2011,” which...

6/28/12: A conference committee working on the Transportation bill, H.R.4348, has reached agreement on that bill.  The NTEU-supported phased...

6/20/12: The SEC this week entered into a settlement agreement with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) and the National Treasury...

6/6/12: This week, the Federal Labor Relations Authority issued another unfair labor practice complaint against the SEC for failure to bargain...

6/6/12: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved its FY 2013 appropriations measure today....

5/15/12: There is no place in the highway funding bill currently under discussion by House-Senate conferees for a provision to change federal...

5/11/12: Congress must ensure that parity is reinstated between the transit and parking portions of the commuter benefit in final highway funding...

5/11/12: The House of Representatives’ approval yesterday of the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 (H.R. 5652) represents yet...

5/11/12:  The SEC informed NTEU this week that the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) will be available for SEC employee...

4/26/12: Congress must act quickly to reinstate parity between parking and mass transit benefits and provide much needed relief to hard-working,...

9/5/12: The SEC and NTEU recently jointly announced fitness center discounts for SEC regional offices. While the Union agreed to offer input...

4/19/12: The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a business meeting yesterday at which they reported out HR 4363, which sets up a...

4/18/12: The SEC's Office of Human Resources today informed Union officials that SEC employees who are given an intra-agency, ...

4/17/12: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today applauded long-delayed action by the General Services Administration (GSA) to raise the...

4/10/12, Reuters: A longtime U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission trial lawyer who was fired for sending...

Merit Pay distribution data generated in the "dry run" of the SEC's new performance management system for the rating period ending...

3/23/12: Earlier this week, NTEU Chapter 293 formally requested from the SEC the ratings data related to SEC management's "evidence...

3/23/12:  Yesterday, the Senate passed the House version of the STOCK Act to enhance transparency by elected officials and...

3/22/12: Yesterday, the House Budget Committee approved a budget resolution for fiscal year 2013 offered by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI)....

3/20/12: Today, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chair of the House Budget Committee, unveiled his budget for FY 2013. As it did last year, the...

 3/14/12: For almost a year now, NTEU has led an effort to obtain an increase in the mileage...

 3/14/12: Earlier today the Senate approved legislation, S.1813, the “Moving Ahead for Progress for...

 3/13/12: NTEU today applauded Senate action in turning aside legislative language that would have...

3/2/12: At a spirited rally of hundreds of NTEU members to support federal employees this week, five House members and a senator joined NTEU...

2/17/12: Today Congress passed HR 3630 to extend the payroll tax holiday, provide for an extension of unemployment insurance and fix to doctor...

 2/15/12: Legislation to extend the payroll tax holiday, extend unemployment benefits, and prevent...

 2/14/12: The Administration’s 2013 Budget includes pay and benefit provisions similar to...

4/25/12: The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) today issued a complaint against the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging failure to...

2/2/12: The House of Representatives last night voted to approve H.R. 3835, authored by Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI), to extend the pay...

 2/1/12: On January 26, the Senate voted against bringing up HJRes 98, legislation that would have...

 1/31/12:  Today, NTEU National President Colleen Kelley submitted a statement to the Senate...

1/31/12: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley agreed with one major conclusion of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report...

1/30/12: The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week, most likely on Wednesday, on a bill, H.R. 3835, introduced by...

 1/25/12: Today NTEU submitted testimony for a hearing before the Federal Workforce, US Postal...

 1/25/12: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today sharply criticized ongoing efforts in the House...

 1/25/12: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today commended 17 House members for their expression...

 1/19/12: Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution (H J Res 98) to disapprove the...

1/17/12:  This week, the Union filed a national grievance against the SEC for its breach of a Diversity Initiatives Contract that the...

 1/5/12: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley called on House-Senate conferees to oppose offsetting an...

12/19/11: The Senate on Saturday followed the House in approving an omnibus spending bill to keep the government funded for the rest of the...

 12/14/11:  Most agencies are currently funded by a Continuing Resolution that will run out at...

 12/14/11: Yesterday, by a vote of 234-193, the House of Representatives passed HR 3630, a bill...

 12/13/11: Last Spring, NTEU launched an effort to obtain a mid-year increase in the mileage deduction...

12/13/11:  Commissioner Luis Aguilar was sworn in to a second SEC term by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey last week in a...

12/13/11: Next year, for Christmas 2012, the Union will be bringing back the Red Wagon Parade program for gathering Christmas toys for...

 11/17/11, Washington, D.C.: The nation’s largest independent union of federal...

 11/16/11, Washington, D.C. — Despite increased workloads, employee satisfaction...

By Ed O'Keefe at the Washington Post.  If that federal employee sitting next to you on the...

 The Partnership for Public Service on November 16, 2011 released its ...

 11/16/11: Over the objections of NTEU, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has directed...

 11/1/11: Today NTEU wrote ...

 10/24/11: In the wake of damaging revelations regarding a security breach in connection with the SEC...

10/8/11: The training modules for the SEC’s so-called “evidence based” performance management system contain statements that...

10/7/11: The SEC’s Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) recently issued ...

  10/4/11: Today, in a vote of 352 ayes to 66 nays, the House...

9/30/2011:  Chapter 293's Executive Board recently voted unanimously to appoint Pat Copeland to serve as the chapter...

9/30/11: This fall, the SEC is rolling out its new so-called “evidence-based”...

9/30/11: With the close of the fiscal year, the Union is preparing to conclude one of the longest running negotiations of workplace rights in...

 9/28/11: NTEU received a briefing yesterday on FEHBP and the issues related to OPM’s annual Open...

9/19/11: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley today expressed her strong opposition to the administration’s debt reduction proposal...

 9/15/11: Yesterday the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY...

 9/15/11: NTEU National President Colleen Kelley applauded action by a key Senate subcommittee...

9/13/11: During the most recent CBA negotiating sessions, SEC management has continued to remain steadfast in its opposition...

9/13/11: This month, NTEU filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority a second unfair labor practice claim against the SEC...

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8/4/14: Last week, Representative Edwards (D-MD) introduced H.R. 5338, the Federal Employee Pension Fairness Act, which will repeal the increased FERS contributions for employees hired in 2012 and 2013.  This legislation will return federal employee contributions to the original 0.8%.  You will recall that NTEU objected to those pension increases at the time and we have continued to object.  As NTEU National President Colleen Kelley wrote to...

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7/7/14  from GovExec.com:

President Obama wants the federal government to serve as a model for the American workforce when it comes to promoting family-friendly policies. But when he talked about paid parental leave in June at the White House summit on working families...