HHS has proposed eliminating Article 53 from our NTEU contract. Article 53 guarantees that the agency will provide bargaining unit employees a transit subsidy that does not exceed your actual transit costs up to the amount guaranteed by law.
What You Stand to Lose
The law authorizes federal agencies to pay transit subsidies to employees but does not require it. Transit subsidies are currently mandatory because NTEU negotiated the benefit in the contract. Continue reading “Fact Sheet: Public Transportation Subsidies”
Today, the President sent Congress a letter transmitting an alternative pay plan for the calendar year 2019 pay raise for federal workers that would institute a pay freeze, absent subsequent congressional action.
Today, the President sent congressional leaders a formal letter transmitting an alternative pay plan for the calendar year 2019 pay raise for federal workers in the General Schedule that would block a pay raise for January 2019 and freeze current pay rates—both the annual across-the-board pay increase as well as locality pay rates. Continue reading “President Issues Alternative Pay Plan for Calendar Year 2019 Advancing Pay Freeze”
NTEU demands that HHS withdraw its request for Panel assistance and return to the bargaining table.
As you know, on Saturday August 25, NTEU and other federal sector unions secured an historic victory when a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia invalidated nine provisions of the President’s three Executive Orders (EOs), issued on May 25, 2018. The court found that nine provisions of the EOs, directing agencies to secure specific provisions in their collective bargaining agreements and dictating an inflexible approach to bargaining, directly conflicted with the statutory requirement that agencies bargain in good faith. The Judge enjoined President Trump “and his subordinates” from implementing or giving effect to the EO provisions that were struck down. Continue reading “Update on HHS Term Bargaining”