Final Rule on New Locality Pay Areas

OPM is issuing the final rule to establish six new locality pay areas in 2019.

ancient antique antique map atlasThe Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has informed NTEU that it plans to issue a final rule tomorrow to implement the Federal Salary Council’s pending recommendation to establish six new locality pay areas, specifically: Continue reading “Final Rule on New Locality Pay Areas”

Congress Acts on Two-Week Continuing Resolution

Update on government funding for Fiscal Year 2019 for agencies currently operating under a Continuing Resolution.

Seal of the U.S. House of Representatives
Seal of the U.S. House of Representatives

Earlier this afternoon the House of Representatives advanced a measure (H.J. Res. 143) by unanimous consent to extend a Continuing Resolution (CR) through Friday, December 21 and avert a partial shutdown Friday night. The Senate subsequently passed this two-week stopgap CR and it now heads to the President for his signature. Continue reading “Congress Acts on Two-Week Continuing Resolution”

Update on FMCS-Mediated Term Bargaining Under FSIP Jurisdiction

Chapter President David Arvelo at FMCS-mediated term bargaining last week
Chapter President David Arvelo at FMCS-mediated term bargaining last week

NTEU and HHS wrapped up the first of a two-week bargaining schedule with a mediator on Friday. Over the course of bargaining, HHS refused to sit across the table from NTEU, despite NTEU’s repeated requests to meet face-to-face to discuss proposals and answer NTEU’s questions about their specific proposals. In what HHS referred to as “shuttle diplomacy,” the mediator went back and forth from the two rooms and all bargaining was done in writing. Continue reading “Update on FMCS-Mediated Term Bargaining Under FSIP Jurisdiction”