To join or not to join (NTEU)

The most interesting man in the world, "I don't work for FDA. But if I did, I would join NTEU."I completely understand an employee’s position not to join NTEU and respect their decision.

No organization is perfect since no person is perfect. Personally, I believe that the only way to effect change is from within. This is why I accepted this leadership position in the Union.

My focus is on the employees I represent. I strive to ensure employees have due process when facing a disciplinary or adverse action. Everyone should be entitled to representation, particularly when they feel under attack. Unfortunately, our chapter is spread out across 10 states and 30 posts of duty. Our Union representatives often have to travel to perform their representational duties, and the chapter has to pay for at least 50% of the travel costs (depending on trip purpose, the chapter may have to absorb 100% of all travel costs). Without enough dues-paying members, we may have to reduce our level of service. Benefits key in a keyboardArticle 7, Section 3, of the HHS-NTEU Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) [internal copy | external copy] allows the Union to refuse to represent any employee in any proposed disciplinary action, statutory appeal, or any matter not addressed by the CBA. Our lack of resources often force us to turn down requests for representation related to adverse actions (removals, demotions, etc.), unacceptable performance actions (removal or demotion), allegations of prohibited personnel practices, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints, workers’ compensation cases, etc. Truthfully, this is when an employee needs representation the most.

Members pay dues which cover the cost of bargaining and contract support for all bargaining unit employees. It costs money to negotiate contracts, lobby Congress, and represent employees. All who benefit should share the expense.

As a member, you can take an active part in decision-making; you can vote; you can hold office and have a voice in the Union.

If you are an FDA employee located in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, or Utah, and you are not an NTEU member yet, I invite and encourage you to join today by sending me a completed Standard Form 1187, Request for Payroll Deductions for Labor Organization Dues, available internally and externally in Portable Document Format. You will be an NTEU member immediately, but Union dues processing may take up to two pay periods to reflect in your Leave and Earnings Statement.

If you are a member, thanks for your membership. Please consider becoming a steward.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.