Protecting Employee Workplace Fairness

Stern-looking man with a cigar, Collective bargaining rights for federal employees are much narrower than those in the private sector. There is no requirement that anyone become a member of a union or pay dues, even though a union that has won a representational election is required to represent every employee in the bargaining unit, whether they choose to join and pay dues or not. Continue reading “Protecting Employee Workplace Fairness”

Safeguarding Healthcare Benefits

Safeguarding America's Health. Department of Health and Human Services employees carry out the mission of protecting the health of all Americans by providing essential human services, programs, and incentives. NTEU, National Treasury Employees Union.The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) provides comprehensive health insurance coverage to approximately 8.2 million federal employees, retirees, and their family members. In fact, it is the nation’s largest employer‐sponsored health insurance program. For 2016, health insurance premiums increased an average of 6.4%, with some participating health insurance plans increasing their premiums by larger amounts. With the three-year pay freeze (2011, 2012, and 2013) and the last three years of negligible pay increases (1% for 2014 and 2015, and 1.3% for 2016) many FDA employees are finding it increasingly difficult to continue to afford their health insurance coverage. Continue reading “Safeguarding Healthcare Benefits”

Protecting Federal Retirement

NTEU, working for a better future. 2016 Legislative Conference.In 1986, the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) was created to replace the original Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). The retirement age, annuity calculation, cost of living adjustment formula and basic benefit formula are all less generous than the earlier CSRS retirement system. As designed, FERS is fully funded and financially sound with no unfunded liability. Today, FERS is frequently pointed to as a model by a diverse group of pension experts for its three‐legged stool structure (defined benefit, defined contribution, and Social Security), and by workforce experts for meeting workers’ job portability needs. Federal employees contribute a portion of their pay toward their retirement to achieve an average FERS pension of approximately $1500 per month, a modest retirement income. Continue reading “Protecting Federal Retirement”