|NTEU Urges Support for Pro-Employee Provisions in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill|
NTEU Urges Support for Pro-Employee Provisions in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill
NTEU sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging support for provisions in the next coronavirus relief bill to protect the health and safety of federal employees.
In May, the House passed the HEROES Act containing several pro-federal employee provisions, including continued telework for all eligible federal employees throughout the pandemic, premium pay for public-facing workers and eliminating out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 treatment under FEHBP.
Along with these and other provisions, NTEU is urging Congress to broaden weather and safety leave to cover childcare and other dependent care responsibilities resulting from the pandemic, and to allow federal employees to carry over unused annual leave.
Senate Republicans last night released their proposed relief package, which is seen as a starting point for negotiations with House Democrats. While it does not include these pro-federal employee provisions, it does include $1.6 billion in supplemental funding for CBP to make up for the loss of user fees due to reduced trade and travel during the pandemic. The IRS would receive $2 billion for business systems modernization through FY 2025 and $320 million in funding this year for the IRS to carry out a second round of economic incentive payments and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As congressional negotiations move forward, NTEU will continue to work with our allies on Capitol Hill to ensure final legislation includes provisions supporting the needs of federal employees in this pandemic.