Are you angry and frustrated with management’s proposals to cut your rights and benefits? Get ready for the ‘Shame on HHS’ Day.
This Friday, NTEU and HHS employees nationwide are conducting a ‘Shame on HHS’ Day to deliver a strong and unified message to management: We don’t appreciate being treated disrespectfully.
HHS’s take-it-or-leave-it proposals seek to eliminate 21 articles from your contract—AWS, awards, annual leave and leave sharing—and lock in the changes for seven years. The benefits in your contract are not guaranteed by law; NTEU fought over years to secure them for you.
What Can You Do?
You can get ready for next Friday, August 10, by wearing an NTEU shirt on the ‘Shame on HHS’ Day. Also be sure to get a “Shame on HHS” sticker from your chapter representative.
On social media, NTEU will be asking you to spread the word by tweeting directly to Secretary Azar and using the hashtag #SHAMEonHHS. We will also have shareable graphics for Facebook and Twitter, to be used on your personal time and not on government equipment. Stay tuned next week for more on this when sample tweets, posts and social media graphics will be available.
The ‘Shame on HHS’ Day coincides with National President Tony Reardon’s visit to HHS headquarters to hand-deliver our petition to Secretary Azar. We have collected nearly 4,400 signatures, but we need more! If you haven’t signed the petition, add your name today. We need to demonstrate that the entire bargaining unit is behind us. Secretary Azar may be able to ignore NTEU’s request for a meeting to discuss bargaining, but he can’t ignore employees if we all stand together.
Management may have walked away from the bargaining table, but NTEU will never walk away from our fight to protect your rights and benefits from elimination. We will provide more details on the ‘Shame on HHS Day’ soon.