NTEU Sends Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Action to Keep All of the Government ​Open and for All Employees to be Properly Compensated

Today, on behalf of NTEU members working at agencies operating under a Continuing Resolution, Tony sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to act to avert a partial government shutdown.

Christmas tree in from of the U.S. CapitolAs you are aware, the current Continuing Resolution that is keeping many agencies operating expires this Friday evening. Seven of the 12 annual appropriations bills remain outstanding for Fiscal Year 2019. This includes the following NTEU-represented agencies: IRS and other Department of Treasury Offices and Bureaus, CBP and FLETC, CFTC, EPA, FCC, FDA (portions), FEC, NPS, PTO, SEC, and USDA. Continue reading “NTEU Sends Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Action to Keep All of the Government ​Open and for All Employees to be Properly Compensated”

HHS Term Table Update

Here is an HHS term table update from this week.

I heart telework stickerYesterday, HHS proposed curtailing telework to one day a week, while permitting managers to eliminate telework altogether for employees if managers see fit. Under HHS’ proposal, this would be subject to managers’ sole discretion and could not be challenged. This would impact thousands of bargaining unit employees who, for years, have teleworked, many for several days a pay period.

When NTEU previously arbitrated grievances to expand telework options to three and four days a week, HHS never reported any widespread problems with the program or with employees performing their work remotely. Telework is a proven benefit for both agencies and employees, saving office costs, keeping cars off the road and cutting commuting expenses.

Telework is just one example of the benefits and rights that employees value deeply that HHS is putting on the chopping block, and that NTEU is fighting to save. We will provide updates on other proposals in the coming days.

Today, NTEU is at the table for the final day of two weeks of bargaining with a federal mediator under a schedule ordered by the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP). NTEU and management will then submit last best offers on disputed articles to the FSIP, which is expected to order adoption of language based on the offers. If a new contract is imposed that is unfair to employees, NTEU is prepared to take action.

Show Your Support for Your Contract

Chapter 212 (HHS San Francisco) members wearing black and “Shame on HHS” stickers
Chapter 212 (HHS San Francisco) members wearing black and “Shame on HHS” stickers

On Wednesday, Chapter 212 (HHS San Francisco) conducted a lunchtime meeting at the FDA Irvine office in support of the NTEU bargaining team and to update employees about the status of negotiations. Employees wore black and “Shame on HHS” stickers for Black Wednesday.

You can demonstrate your support for NTEU’s efforts:

Congressional Support for HHS Bargaining

Key Senator urges HHS Secretary Azar to come back to the bargaining table with NTEU.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)

Yesterday, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), which has jurisdiction over federal employee collective bargaining rights, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Azar asking that he come back to the table and bargain in good faith with NTEU. Continue reading “Congressional Support for HHS Bargaining”