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    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.
    Download:
    MLKDayFlier(Attach).pdf

    Jan 13, 2023
    January 2023 CBA Negotiations Update: https://www.nteuchapter296.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.
    Nov 326, 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 300, 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 281, 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 269, 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 256, 2022
      Happy Labor Recognition Week.
    Sep 248, 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 215, 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.
    Download:
    DCCirCtDec--ContinuanceProvisions(Attach).pdf

    Jun 152, 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 152, 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 146, 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 133, 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 131, 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 110, 2022
    Just a reminder of our Performance Evaluation tips.
    Apr 110, 2022
    Attached is the NPS-NTEU Reentry MOU-2022.
    Download:
    NPS-NTEU Reentry MOU-2022 .pdf

    Mar 76, 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 322, 2021
    Here is the letter that NTEU President Tony Reardon sent to the NPS about the delayed release of the "Voices Report"
    Download:
    2021 Tony Reardon letter to Shawn Benge re Voices Report.pdf

    Nov 314, 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 308, 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 293, 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 281, 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.
    Download:
    UPdated FAQs - Employee Message.pdf

    Oct 280, 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.
    Download:
    CC'sOnlineGuide(Attach).pdf

    Oct 279, 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 279, 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 277, 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 273, 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 273, 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 271, 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 260, 2021

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    Sep 251, 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 251, 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 244, 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 238, 2021
    The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has updated its FAQs to include additional information and guidance for agencies on vaccine-related leave.
    Aug 238, 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 221, 2021
    Additional Information Released on Attesting to Vaccination Status
    Jul 211, 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 210, 2021

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    Jun 174, 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 169, 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 169, 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 167, 2021

    Jun 160, 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 160, 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 138, 2021

    May 134, 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.
    Download:
    EPL FAQs - FINAL 5-11-2021.pdf
    doi-covid-19-emergency-paid-leave-employee-agreement-508.pdf
    doi-covid-19-emergency-paid-leave-epl-employee-notification-and-supplemental-leave-request-form-508.pdf

    May 134, 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 132, 2021
    Can Employers Mandate a Vaccine Authorized for Emergency Use?
    May 126, 2021
    Fact Sheet for the Federal Workforce Competency Initiative (FWCI)
    May 125, 2021
    It’s Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), a time designated by Congress to show appreciation for the important contributions of government employees.
    May 123, 2021
    NTEU has compiled a compact, two-page explainer that covers no less than eight types of paid and unpaid leave options.
    Apr 118, 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 111, 2021
    SUMMARY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has provided information on new flexibilities in the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS).
    Apr 111, 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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