The American Dream is slipping out of reach

Excerpt from LinkedIn Daily Rundown Published June 23, 2018

Computer, beverage, and other personal items set by an open windowHousing prices are at their least affordable levels since late 2008, reports Bloomberg. The median price for a previously owned home hit $264,800 in May, making home ownership unrealistic for 75% of average wage earners in the U.S. It’s a perfect housing storm: As home prices rise and mortgage interest rates climb, the construction industry is suffering from a labor shortage, making it even more challenging to meet housing demands. • Here’s what people are saying.

Legislation to Provide More Venues for Whistleblower Complaints Heads to the President

Today, H.R. 2229, the All Circuits Review Act, cleared the House, and is headed to the President for enactment.

Representative Elijah E. Cummings
Representative Elijah E. Cummings

Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), H.R. 2229, the All Circuits Review Act, cleared the House of Representatives today, and is now headed to the President for enactment. The bill originally cleared the House in October 2017, but earlier this month, when it was passed by the Senate, an amendment was made, requiring subsequent House passage. Continue reading “Legislation to Provide More Venues for Whistleblower Complaints Heads to the President”

House Budget Committee Approves FY 2019 Budget Resolution Targeting Federal Retirement Benefits

The House Budget Committee has approved a fiscal year 2019 budget that includes cuts to federal employee retirement benefits.

black calculator near ballpoint pen on white printed paperEarlier this week, I shared with you that Representative Steve Womack (R-AR), chair of the House Budget Committee, released a proposed budget plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The House Budget Committee met and considered the plan for two days, ultimately voting on a party line vote (21-13) to approve the budget. Continue reading “House Budget Committee Approves FY 2019 Budget Resolution Targeting Federal Retirement Benefits”

Senate Committee Ranking Members Respond to Trump Executive Orders by Standing with Federal Employees

Three Senate Committee Ranking Members respond to the May 25th Trump Executive Orders by asking the White House to rescind them.

Thumb upFollowing the President’s issuance of the three Executive Orders (EOs) on May 25th, NTEU has been working to educate Capitol Hill on the harm these actions will have on federal employees, as well as on federal employee labor organizations and your day-to-day representational duties. Earlier this week, 45 Senate Democrats sent a letter asking the President to rescind the EOs and to direct agency and department heads to cease and desist from abrogating existing collective bargaining agreements. Now three additional Senators, Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Ranking Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and HSGAC Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, respectively, sent their own letter requesting the same of the White House. Continue reading “Senate Committee Ranking Members Respond to Trump Executive Orders by Standing with Federal Employees”

White House Releases Agency Reorganization Plans

Today, the White House released its Government Reform and Reorganization recommendations, which impacts several agencies with members represented by NTEU including FDA.

The White House
The White House

Today, the White House released a report detailing its plans to reorganize the executive branch entitled, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations.” This report is in response to the President’s March 2017 Executive Order directing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to propose a comprehensive plan to reorganize federal agencies. The report highlights 32 proposals, which impact the following agencies with employees represented by NTEU:

  • Health and Human Services (HHS),
  • Department of Energy (DOE),
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA),
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Continue reading “White House Releases Agency Reorganization Plans”

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Funding Measure With 2019 Federal Employee Pay Raise

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY19 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill which contains funding for the IRS, SEC, CFTC, and contains several provisions impacting agencies and employees government-wide.

Seal of the United States SenateToday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) spending bill for FY 2019. During the committee’s consideration, several amendments were considered, including one affecting federal employee pay. The bill covers the IRS, SEC, CFTC and contains provisions that are applicable to agencies and employees government-wide. Continue reading “Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Funding Measure With 2019 Federal Employee Pay Raise”

Federal Employee Unions ask OSC to Investigate Retaliatory Actions against Agency Staff who do not Implement the Trump Executive Orders in Violation of the Law

24 federal employee unions ask OSC to proactively investigate retaliation against labor relations employees who push back against implementing the Trump Executive Orders that violate the law.

United States of America Office of Special Counsel seal or logoYesterday NTEU, along with 23 federal employee unions, sent a letter to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) out of concern about potential retaliatory action against agency labor relations professionals who continue to engage in good faith bargaining as required under the Federal Service Labor-Relations Statute and ignore the new requirements in the Trump Executive Orders (EOs) that violate the law. The letter requests OSC to be proactive in investigating retaliation, as well as implied threats of retaliation, taken against agency labor relations employees who push back against carrying out these EOs and to remind federal employees that they can blow the whistle on violations of law, rule, or regulation by contacting the Inspector General or the Office of Special Counsel.

NTEU continues to fight these illegal EOs at every level. To find out more, and to see what you can do, click here and visit here.