Announcing the Dallas Union Office

4040ncx910I am happy to announce that we now have a Union office in Dallas. Please check your email for more details.

This Union office affords bargaining unit employees and Union representatives the privacy needed to discuss sensitive matters such as employee consultations, grievances, bargaining, and labor-management relations. Continue reading “Announcing the Dallas Union Office”

How To Apply For Retroactive Transit Subsidy

Gavel on a stack of moneyAs you may recall, many employees received less money in their monthly transhare subsidy allotment than what they were entitled to. NTEU filed a national grievance, won, and HHS still refused to reimburse employees for the excess portion they had to pay for transit services. NTEU then filed further legal action against HHS, and HHS and NTEU settled the claim on January 24, 2017. As a result HHS now needs to pay the retroactive subsidy to bargaining unit employees who paid a difference for transit, including former employees. Continue reading “How To Apply For Retroactive Transit Subsidy”

Grievance on NCTR Building 14 Bad Faith Bargaining

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in the Jefferson Laboratories Campus
NCTR in the Jefferson Laboratories Campus

Yesterday, NTEU Chapter 254 filed an institutional grievance against FDA National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) management for engaging in bad faith bargaining tactics on negotiations with the Union regarding the renovation of NCTR Building 14. Continue reading “Grievance on NCTR Building 14 Bad Faith Bargaining”

Favorable FLSA Decision Ordering Overtime Compensation for HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement Program Specialists

Arbitrator Robert Creo
Arbitrator Robert Creo

I am pleased to inform you that, on February 10, 2017, Arbitrator Robert Creo issued a favorable decision in connection with NTEU’s national Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) grievance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or agency). NTEU’s grievance alleged that HHS improperly classified program specialists in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) as exempt from, or not covered by, the FLSA. Continue reading “Favorable FLSA Decision Ordering Overtime Compensation for HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement Program Specialists”

Improving the Federal Workforce Begins with Training, Not Hiring Freeze

ominious-legislationNTEU submitted testimony offering recommendations to improve the federal workforce and operations to a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee. The union believes supervisors are in need of better training on personnel rules, employee rights and performance management systems. Continue reading “Improving the Federal Workforce Begins with Training, Not Hiring Freeze”

Update on Litigation Related to FLSA-Nonexempt Employees Who Worked During October 2013 Shutdown

Clock on a pile of moneyNTEU has kept us informed about a lawsuit (Martin et al. v. United States, No. 13-834, U.S. Court of Federal Claims) that may be of interest to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)-nonexempt employees who were required to work during the October 2013 government shutdown. These employees were paid approximately two weeks late for work done during the period of October 1–5, 2013. The lawsuit seeks a remedy for that late payment. Continue reading “Update on Litigation Related to FLSA-Nonexempt Employees Who Worked During October 2013 Shutdown”

Hatch Act Guidance on Trump Candidacy

United States of America Federal Election Commission sealWhile not officially declaring his candidacy, this January, President Donald Trump filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission that establishes he is a candidate for purposes of the Federal Election Campaign Act for the 2020 election. NTEU has received questions from employees on President Trump’s status as a candidate and its impact on the Hatch Act’s prohibition against political activity in the federal workplace. On February 7, 2017, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) — the federal agency responsible for implementing the Hatch Act — issued guidance regarding President Trump’s candidacy. Continue reading “Hatch Act Guidance on Trump Candidacy”