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    Apr 05, 2024

    Mar 27, 2024
    Greenwald Talks Value of Diverse Perspectives in the Workplace National President Doreen Greenwald sat down with Federal News Network to discuss the importance of fostering an environment where diverse perspectives are not just heard but valued. Greenwald describes how her conversations with federal employees and her own career in the federal workforce shape how she leads the union.
    Feb 27, 2024
    Greenwald Appointed to Federal Salary Council President Biden has appointed National President Doreen Greenwald to the Federal Salary Council, a panel of federal employment experts that advises the administration on issues related to federal employee pay. Greenwald will use this position to fight for fair federal salaries and make public service a more competitive choice.
    Feb 27, 2024
    GAO Publishes Report on Paid Parental Leave Usage Four percent of federal employees who responded to the 2022 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) said they used parental leave between October 2020—when the benefit was first implemented—and July 2022. Of those who used the benefit, 81 percent said they took advantage of the full 12 weeks of paid leave.
    Feb 11, 2024
    You’re Invited to a Webinar on Defined Benefits  United Benefits is hosting an exclusive webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 13 on the Value of Your Defined Benefits. The webinar will cover how your retirement amount is calculated, benefits available for spouses, the true value of your pension, early and deferred retirement and more.
    Jan 29, 2024
    NTEU Members Can Access Free Tax Preparation Benefit Starting in early February, NTEU members with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $79,000 or less will be able to take advantage of a free tax preparation benefit for filing your federal and state income taxes.
    Jan 08, 2024
    On Monday, January 15, NTEU will join the nation in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    MLK Day Flier (Attach).pdf

    Dec 30, 2023
    Our 85th Anniversary Year is coming to a close but you can take a look back at the events, celebrations and memories in our year-end photo gallery. Drawing from chapter events, NTEU meetings, training conferences and bargaining tables, take a look at the faces that gathered together to fight for employees, build community and celebrate each other.
    Dec 30, 2023
    Mileage Reimbursement Rate Increases for 2024 The Internal Revenue Service has increased the reimbursement rate for 2024 to 67 cents, up 1.5 cents from 2023, when using a personal vehicle for business purposes. The General Services Administration, which sets the rate for the federal workforce, tracks the IRS rate for private sector employees.
    Dec 12, 2023
    Flexible Spending Account Limits Will Increase in 2024 The Internal Revenue Service announced that the Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contribution limit will increase from $3,050 to $3,200 in 2024. This program allows federal employees to set aside an annual pre-tax amount they anticipate spending for out-of-pocket health, dental and vision expenses.
    Nov 10, 2023
    Webinar on Nov. 14 Offers Tips for Comparing FEHBP Plans NTEU members can register for a free webinar presented by United Benefits exploring the different plan options available this Federal Benefits Open Season. The “FEHBP Deep Dive” webinar will be offered during three sessions on Tuesday, Nov. 14. This year’s open season kicks off Nov. 13 and runs through Dec. 11.
    Oct 26, 2023
    NTEU Defeats Agency Proposal to Cut Telework  Employees at the Federal Election Commission will be able to keep their expanded telework program after the Federal Service Impasses Panel rejected the agency’s plan to scale it back.
    Sep 27, 2023
    New Shutdown Page Available Exclusively to Members NTEU has launched a new webpage exclusively for members with news, information and FAQs on a government shutdown. We will update the page frequently with new information and resources as they become available.
    Sep 20, 2023
    Can We Reach You? Update Your Personal Contact Information If there is a government shutdown, NTEU will need to communicate with members using personal email addresses since some employees will not have access to their government accounts. Be sure we can reach you by updating your contact information on NTEU.org. To check or update your information, log into NTEU.
    Sep 07, 2023
    NTEU remembers and honors the victims of the September 11 attacks and their families, along with the first responders and federal employees who helped in the aftermath.
    Sept11-2023 Flier.pdf

    Sep 02, 2023
    Treasury Report Shows Powerful Benefits of Unions Ahead of Labor Day, the Treasury Department yesterday released its report on how unions contribute to a more robust and resilient economy. According to the report, unions play an important role in addressing longstanding challenges including stagnant wages and high housing costs, while improving working conditions.
    Sep 02, 2023
    Happy Labor Day! As we celebrate the contributions of unions and workers across our country, the Treasury Department issued a report on unions that confirms what we already know—unions are good for the country, the economy and workers. At the same time, support for unions among the American public remains high, according to a new poll released by Gallup.
    Aug 23, 2023
    Income-Driven Student Loan Repayment Plans Available NTEU is reminding our members that there are other paths to student loan forgiveness following the Supreme Court decision blocking the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness plan. One option for federal employees with outstanding student loan debt is an income-driven repayment plan.
    Aug 23, 2023
    NTEU Welcomes FHFA Employees to the Union Frontline employees of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) voted overwhelmingly for NTEU to be their exclusive representative. The new bargaining unit is made up of about 500 non-supervisory employees at the Washington D.C. headquarters.
    Aug 17, 2023
    NTEU Two-Year Report highlighting the union’s accomplishments on behalf of federal employees.

    Aug 14, 2023
    NPS - Chapter 296 - Win Gets Higher Rating If you earn a rating of Exceeded Expectations, you should receive it. That’s at the heart of a grievance NTEU won on behalf of six National Park Service (NPS) employees and new members of Chapter 296 (NPS Headquarters).While on detail in the Grand Canyon, all six received ratings of FullySuccessful.
    Aug 14, 2023
    President Reardon Talks NTEU Milestones on Podcast On Friday’s America’s Workforce Union podcast, National President Tony Reardon reflected on his two terms at the union’s helm and more than 33 years with NTEU before he retires next week.
    Aug 14, 2023
    After Agency Refusal, Chapter 336 Wins AWS for Caregivers Flexible work schedules can make all the difference in retaining skilled, experienced employees who are facing personal hardships.
    Aug 14, 2023
    Reardon Warns of Plot Against Civil Service in Op-Ed National President Tony Reardon took on the biggest threat he sees affecting the federal workforce: the accelerating plot to dismantle the merit-based civil service.
    Aug 14, 2023
    Greenwald, Muni Elected to Top NTEU Positions  NTEU members today elected longtime federal employee and former Chapter 1 (IRS Wisconsin) leader Doreen Greenwald as the next National President.   Greenwald has been National Executive Vice President since 2021 and was unopposed in the election for the National President.
    Aug 14, 2023
    Dear NTEU Members: This will be the last message I send as NTEU National President, and it is altogether appropriate that my final words from this desk are to the members of this great union. You are the lifeblood of NTEU, and it has been the honor of my professional life to represent you.
    Jun 13, 2023
    Juneteenth National Independence Day is Monday, June 19. NTEU will join the nation in celebrating this important holiday marking the end of slavery. Attached is a flier to share with employees.
    Juneteenth Flier (Attach).pdf

    May 25, 2023


    May 25, 2023
    End of Public Health Emergency Brings Changes to FEHBP Coverage With the May 11 end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency comes changes to coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). The Office of Personnel Management released public health emergency transition guidelines to FEHBP carriers.
    May 03, 2023
    Final Survey Reminder Do You Want Additional Resources on Workplace Discrimination? This Friday, May 5, is the last day to tell us what additional resources you want NTEU to provide on addressing workplace discrimination.
    Apr 17, 2023
    Negotiated Telework Agreements Unaffected by New OMB Guidance Late yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released new guidance to federal agencies that advised agencies to “substantially increase meaningful in-person work.
    Apr 14, 2023
    FEVS Begins Next Month; NTEU Encourages Members to Participate The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that the 2023 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) will be administered in two waves over two consecutive weeks beginning in early May. OPM administers the survey annually to gather information on employee satisfaction, supervisors, work environment and more.
    Mar 28, 2023
    As NTEU members and bargaining unit employees approach retirement, there is great value in becoming retiree members of the union. Retiree membership is only $42 per year and comes with all the benefits of NTEU membership along with the knowledge that retirees can support NTEU’s ongoing efforts to ensure their retirement benefits remain in place.

    Mar 17, 2023
    NTEU Members, I have personal news I want to share directly with each of you. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek a third term as your National President. I will be retiring on Aug. 10, 2023, at the end of my current term. I confess that this was a very difficult decision.
    Mar 17, 2023
    NPS Employees Learn About Addressing Discrimination in the Workplace You’re invited to a webinar on Wed., March 29 at noon (ET) that will outline the steps you can take to address discriminatory actions in the workplace.
    Mar 09, 2023
    There is a new series of fliers celebrating our union’s 85th anniversary. These fliers can be used on bulletin boards, in newsletters and at chapter meetings.

    Feb 22, 2023
    A Reminder to Check Your TSP Beneficiary Designations Thrift Savings Program investors will recall the new records management system that was implemented last summer.  During that transition, beneficiary information for some investors was not carried over from the old system into the new system.
    Jan 28, 2023
    Free Tax Preparation Benefit Available Now for Eligible Members Starting today, NTEU members can visit our website for free access to TaxSlayer tax preparation software for federal and state returns and free electronic filing. As a reminder, the IRS has imposed an income limit on the program of an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $73,000 per filer or return, if filing jointly.
    Jan 28, 2023
    SUMMARY: On Thursday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. ET, NTEU will honor our fallen NTEU law enforcement members by conducting a wreath laying ceremony in conjunction with our Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. On Thursday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m.
    Jan 28, 2023
    SUMMARY: Employees of the Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Oregon District have voted for NTEU representation. I am very pleased to report that employees of the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Northwest Oregon District voted to affiliate with NTEU, and the FLRA has now certified NTEU as the exclusive representative of these employees.
    Jan 18, 2023
    Information on Phased Retirement:  1. DOI Personnel Bulletin No. 15-06 (2015)  2. DOI Phased Retirement Agreement  3.
    Jan 16, 2023
    The latest issue of the NTEU Bulletin highlights what NTEU has accomplished both this year and over 85 years: https://www.nteu.org/~/media/Files/nteu/bulletin/2023/jan-feb2023.
    Jan 13, 2023
    NTEU Members Can Access Free Tax Preparation Benefit NTEU members with incomes of $73,000 or less can take advantage of a free tax preparation benefit for filing your 2022 federal and state income taxes. The exclusive benefit is available only to NTEU members and includes access to free Tax Slayer software that can be used for federal and state returns.
    Jan 13, 2023
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Jan 13, 2023
    January 2023 CBA Negotiations Update: https://www.nteuchapter296.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.
    Nov 22, 2022
    Open Season is Here—Members Get Free Access to Consumers’ Checkbook Federal Benefits Open Season kicked off yesterday and runs through Dec. 12. During this time, NTEU members have free, exclusive access to Consumers’ Checkbook Online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants.
    Oct 27, 2022
    DOL Highlights Benefits of a Union Presence There are significant advantages to having a union in the workplace, as NTEU members already know, and the Department of Labor has the data to prove it.
    Oct 08, 2022
    Voter Registration Deadlines Approaching! With just over 30 days until election day, voter registration deadlines are approaching in many states and NTEU wants to make sure you are registered to vote.    As a federal employee, the outcome of the midterm elections directly impacts your work life and ability to provide for your family.
    Sep 26, 2022
    BLM’s Rio Puerco Employees Vote to Join NTEU Employees at the Bureau of Land Management’s Rio Puerco field office in New Mexico voted to join NTEU yesterday. The New Mexico employees help manage federal lands outside Albuquerque. With this election victory, the bargaining unit employees are now part of NTEU Chapter 340 (BLM New Mexico).
    Sep 13, 2022
      Happy Labor Recognition Week.
    Sep 05, 2022
    NEW! Member Benefit Offers Supplemental Insurance, Free College Degree NTEU members now have access to supplemental insurance programs and free higher education opportunities through a new partnership with Optavise. Supplemental health insurance pays cash directly to members to help offset non-medical expenses from a critical illness or accidental injury.
    Aug 03, 2022
    Successful Challenge to FLRA Decision that Allowed Agencies to Cancel Contract Provisions Despite Parties’ Previous Agreement to Keep the Contract in Place SUMMARY:  The D.C. Circuit has set aside an FLRA decision allowing for agency head review on contracts automatically extended by previous agreement of the parties.

    Jun 01, 2022
    SUMMARY:  NTEU is launching our annual June campaign encouraging members to update their personal contact information on NTEU.org. Members who update their contact information this month will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $100 Visa eGift Cards. Attached is a message that will be sent to employees for whom we do not have a personal email address and/or cellphone number.
    Jun 01, 2022
    he Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey is Underway The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) is returning to a late spring schedule. This year's survey will be issued in two waves, with the first rolling out this week and a second group of agencies administering the survey next week.
    May 26, 2022
    SUMMARY: Employees of the Bureau of Land Management’s Headquarters Office have voted for NTEU representation.             I am very pleased to report that, today, employees of the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Headquarters Office voted to elect NTEU as their exclusive representative.
    May 13, 2022
    SUMMARY: TSP will suspend transactions and services in the coming weeks as it updates its database and adds new online features. The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) provided NTEU with notice that they will be suspending transactions and services for a few weeks beginning on May 16, 2022.
    May 11, 2022
    What to Do If You Received a W-2c Form Just when federal employees thought they were done dealing with the 2020 deferral – and repayment -- of their Social Security taxes, one more tax form shows up in the mail to cause even more confusion.
    Apr 20, 2022
    Just a reminder of our Performance Evaluation tips.
    Apr 20, 2022
    Attached is the NPS-NTEU Reentry MOU-2022.
    NPS-NTEU Reentry MOU-2022 .pdf

    Mar 17, 2022
    Link to Remote Work and Telework Forms:  https://doimspp.sharepoint.com/sites/nps-InsideNPS/SitePages/Appointments-Pay-Leave-and-Work-Schedules.aspx?  on the Inside NPS sharepoint site.
    Nov 18, 2021
    Here is the letter that NTEU President Tony Reardon sent to the NPS about the delayed release of the "Voices Report"
    2021 Tony Reardon letter to Shawn Benge re Voices Report.pdf

    Nov 10, 2021
    It’s Federal Benefits Open Season: Start Crunching Numbers Now until Dec. 13, NTEU members once again have free, exclusive access to the Consumers’ Checkbook Online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants.
    Nov 04, 2021
    Federal Benefits Open Season Starts Next Week: Learn How to Save Money This year’s Federal Benefits Open Season kicks off Monday, Nov. 8. Federal employees and retirees will have the opportunity to enroll or change their health insurance plans, including dental and vision.
    Oct 20, 2021
    he 2021 FEVS Begins Next Month The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) last week announced that it will begin administering the 2021 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) during the first week of November. The government-wide survey asks employees about their views on work, agencies, supervisors and more.
    Oct 08, 2021
    SUMMARY:  NTEU has updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page in response to the guidance issued by the Safe Federal Workforce Task Force on reasonable accommodations as exceptions to the vaccine mandate. Earlier this week, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued additional guidance to agencies on reasonable accommodations.
    UPdated FAQs - Employee Message.pdf

    Oct 07, 2021
    SUMMARY:  NTEU members will have access to Consumers’ Checkbook’s online Guide to Health Plans for Federal Employees and Annuitants beginning Monday, November 8, 2021.

    Oct 06, 2021
    Health Insurance Costs for Federal Employees to Increase in 2022 Federal employees and retirees on average will pay 3.8 percent more for health insurance in 2022, a lower price increase than last year but still a noticeable cut to take-home pay for federal employees around the country.
    Oct 06, 2021
    Updated Vaccine Mandate Guidance on Reasonable Accommodations The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force yesterday issued guidance on reasonable accommodations as exceptions to the vaccine mandate. The Task Force provided templates for agencies to use to develop forms for employees to request medical and religious exemptions.
    Oct 04, 2021
    Additional Details on Vaccine Requirement Released The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has released additional details on the vaccine mandate in new FAQs and during a briefing with NTEU earlier this week. The new information largely covers issues surrounding enforcement of the requirement. All of this information and more are available on NTEU's newly-updated FAQs page.
    Sep 30, 2021
    SUMMARY:  Today, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program’s premium rates would increase an average 2.4 percent in 2022, with an average increase for employees of 3.8 percent.
    Sep 30, 2021
    As many of you know, President Biden has issued an Executive Order requiring that all federal employees, including those who are teleworking or working remotely, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 22, 2021.
    Sep 28, 2021
    Happy Labor Recognition Week! It’s Labor Recognition Week and I am pleased to share a special message with you. At NTEU, we believe every LRW is a special occasion, but this year’s merits special recognition.
    Sep 17, 2021

    Sep 11, 2021

    Sep 08, 2021
    ICYMI: Reardon Talks Federal Pay Raise on Government Matters Last week, National President Tony Reardon appeared on television's Government Matters to discuss the administration’s plan to give federal employees a 2.7 percent pay increase for 2022. Reardon called this a “very good start” and reiterated that NTEU continues to push strongly for a 3.
    Sep 08, 2021
    Approval of Labor Unions is the Highest Since 1965 Americans' approval of unions has been ticking upward in recent years and is now at its highest point in more than half a century. According to Gallup, which has been tracking Americans’ perceptions of labor unions since the 1930s, approval of unions is at 68 percent, the highest it has been since 1965.
    Sep 01, 2021
    The first Labor Day parade was held in 1882 when unions in New York threw a parade that drew more than 20,000 people—even though they had to give up a day’s pay to march. This year’s Labor Day celebrations will likely be much smaller and more subdued than this first one nearly 140 years ago, due to the ongoing pandemic.
    Aug 26, 2021
    The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has updated its FAQs to include additional information and guidance for agencies on vaccine-related leave.
    Aug 26, 2021
    SUMMARY:  The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has updated its FAQs to include additional information and guidance for agencies on vaccine-related leave. Today, the COVID-19 Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released additional FAQs on vaccine-related leave.
    Aug 09, 2021
    Additional Information Released on Attesting to Vaccination Status
    Jul 30, 2021
    Biden Announces Vaccine Policy President Biden today announced the outline of a new vaccine policy for federal employees. While we have the broad strokes, NTEU has many questions about how and when the policy will be rolled out across the government, including how the rights of employees will be protected. Here is what we know. The new policy is not a mandate for vaccinations.
    Jul 29, 2021

    Jul 29, 2021

    Jun 23, 2021
    Reardon Addresses Workplace Reopenings on Government Matters National President Tony Reardon appeared on television's Government Matters yesterday to discuss concerns some employees have raised about returning to the office and what NTEU wants to see in agency re-entry plans.
    Jun 18, 2021
    BREAKING NEWS Juneteenth Holiday to Become Law; Observed Tomorrow Most federal employees will have a paid day off tomorrow, June 18, in the first-ever federal recognition of Juneteenth. President Biden is scheduled to sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. (ET), declaring June 19 a national holiday.
    Jun 18, 2021
    United Benefits is one of NTEU National's long-time partners and they've conducted in person retirement briefings for our chapter in past years, if you recall.  They're offering a webinar that looks like it would be useful for our members to access.
    Jun 16, 2021

    Jun 09, 2021
    Reminder: Additional Carryover Leave Must Be Used in 2021 The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 allowed federal employees to carry over up to 60 hours of additional unused annual leave into 2021. That additional leave must be used by the end of the year and before any other annual leave available to the employee.
    Jun 09, 2021
    NTEU Proceeds with Lawsuit Alleging 2018-19 Shutdown Violated FLSA NTEU continues to pursue its lawsuit alleging the former administration violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to timely pay employees required to work during the 2018-2019 partial government shutdown.
    May 18, 2021

    May 14, 2021
    Emergency Paid Leave - FAQs and Referenced Forms  As you are likely aware, on March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which authorized Emergency Paid Leave (EPL) designed to ease the impact of COVID-19 on Federal employees.
    EPL FAQs - FINAL 5-11-2021.pdf

    May 14, 2021
    Excused Absence for Adverse Reaction Due to the COVID-19 Vaccine  The Safer Federal Workforce taskforce has encouraged, and DOI has determined to grant, up to two full workdays of administrative leave (pay code 060) for recovery from an adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine (i.e.
    May 12, 2021
    Can Employers Mandate a Vaccine Authorized for Emergency Use?
    May 06, 2021
    Fact Sheet for the Federal Workforce Competency Initiative (FWCI)
    May 05, 2021
    It’s Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), a time designated by Congress to show appreciation for the important contributions of government employees.
    May 03, 2021
    NTEU has compiled a compact, two-page explainer that covers no less than eight types of paid and unpaid leave options.
    Apr 28, 2021
    Surveys Confirm Federal Employee Support For Telework In an NTEU survey, more than 13,800 frontline federal employees from 33 agencies and departments shared their experiences teleworking during the past year. According to the survey, 92 percent called their telework experience “successful” and two-thirds reported an uptick in productivity.
    Apr 21, 2021
    SUMMARY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has provided information on new flexibilities in the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS).
    Apr 21, 2021
    Reardon Issues Statement on Chauvin Trial
    Jan 22, 2021

    Jan 22, 2021
    In honor of Black History Month, NTEU is celebrating the contributions of two pioneers in medicine. Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first Black female physician in the United States, and Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first Black woman awarded a nursing degree. Attached are fliers celebrating these trailblazers.
    Jan 14, 2021
    Coming Soon! A New Exclusive Benefit Tax season is just around the corner and NTEU is pleased to announce that all NTEU members can soon prepare their taxes and file them free of charge by using a new NTEU member benefit. This exclusive benefit gives you free access to TaxSlayer tax preparation software for your federal and state return and free electronic filing for both.
    Jan 07, 2021
    I am deeply saddened and angry by what occurred this afternoon at the U.S. Capitol Building. Like some of you, I have spent time in that building, and stand in awe of what it represents and the public servants it houses each day. Our union stands with everyone at the Capitol—faithful public servants who have chosen to serve their country.
    Jan 06, 2021
    More Details on Repayments of Payroll Tax Deferral Last week, NTEU informed members that the repayment of the payroll tax deferral that was forced on federal employees will begin in the current pay period for employees whose payroll is handled by the National Finance Center.

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