The Month in Media
"No employer can expect to recruit and retain a modern, professional and skilled workforce while failing to keep up with general pay trends," Mr. Reardon told the Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee.
"NTEU: Paltry Pay Hikes Hurt Feds' Ability to Recruit"
New York Chief-Leader
Oct. 26, 2015
News outlets reported NTEU's serious concerns about the announcement of no cost-of-living adjustment next year. Reporters talked about NTEU's commitment to protecting seniors from escalating Medicare costs and the union's response to the two-year budget deal that spares federal employee pay and benefits. Also, President Tony Reardon testified on the critical issue of federal employee pay before a key Senate panel.
• In his first testimony as the new NTEU national president, Tony Reardon advocates for adequate pay raises for federal workers. Read the clips»
• NTEU calls the announcement that there will be no cost-of-living-adjustment in 2016 a "financial gut punch for these retirees." Read the clips »
• Federal employee pay and retirement benefits are spared the two-year budget deal. Read the clips »
• In interviews on the radio and television, President Reardon discusses the impact of government shutdown threats on the country and the personal lives of federal employees. Read the clips »
• NTEU leads an aggressive campaign against two harmful provisions in the highway funding bill.
Read the clips »
• NTEU discusses a commonly overlooked benefit available to some federal workers - student loan repayment programs. Read the clips »
Libertarians take aim at 'elite island' of federal employment (Washington Post)
After a three-year lull, the war between fiscal conservatives and federal employees and their allies in Congress over whether civil servants are overpaid is heating up again, thanks to a new study from the Cato Institute.
It claims that federal employees make on average 78 percent more than their private sector counterparts.
"I believe that at its core this is an attack on the middle class," Tony Reardon, the new president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said of the Cato report. He attacked the Cato board of directors. "What I find rather ironic is that some of the folks on the board are some of the richest people in this country."
Oct. 8, 2015
Is the federal pay system flexible enough to recruit and retain the best? (Washington Post)
Federal pay flexibility was the focus of a Senate hearing Thursday, but the underlying issue is the viability of the current compensation system. Is it flexible enough to recruit, retain and reward the best, while not giving slackers a pass?
Critics say no. Federal unions say yes.
Tony Reardon, in his first testimony as the new president of the National Treasury Employees Union, agreed, saying: "It is simply a myth that the GS system does not allow agencies to reward for high performance or to respond to a changing recruitment and retention environment, rather these HR pay tools are just not regularly being used."
Oct. 22, 2015
Agencies Should Pay More to Get Feds to Work in Undesirable Locations, Lawmakers Say (GovExec)
National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said the system was not broken, but Congress and the White House failed to authorize enough pay raises to keep the federal sector competitive.
"Private sector wages have increased 8.3 percent over the last five years while federal wages have increased by a total of 2 percent," Reardon said. "No employer can expect to recruit and retain a modern, professional and skilled workforce while failing to keep up with general pay trends."
Reardon said agencies are aware of incentive tools, but argued there are not sufficient resources to deploy them.
Oct. 22, 2015
Senate committee weighs pay flexibility to entice new hires (Federal Times)
It's no secret that the federal government has a hiring problem. So the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs took to Capitol Hill on Oct. 22 to see whether improving pay flexibility could be a way leverage the government's hiring power.
But National Treasury Union president Tony Reardon said that while prices may be going up in North Dakota, sequester cuts in D.C. have ensured that the federal government has a tough time recruiting or keeping workers.
"No employer can expect to recruit and retain a professional and skilled workforce while failing to keep up with general pay trends," Reardon said in his testimony. "It is simply a myth that the GS system does not allow agencies to reward high performance or respond to a changing recruitment and retention environment, but these...pay tools are just not being used enough.Â And the primary reason for that is a lack of funding."
Oct. 23, 2015
Reardon discusses pay flexibilities (Federal News Radio)
NTEU's testimony at the Senate's hearing on federal pay flexibilities is discussed briefly on FNR's Federal Talk program.
Listen to the interview
Oct. 23, 2015
NTEU: Paltry Pay Hikes Hurt Feds' Ability to Recruit (New York Chief-Leader)
A Federal-employee union leader last week called for more agency use of merit pay and other bonuses, arguing that they help attract top workers.
Tony Reardon, the president of the National Treasury Employees Union, testified Oct. 22 before a Senate subcommittee in favor of a bill that would raise Federal pay across the board by 3.8 percent next year.
"No employer can expect to recruit and retain a modern, professional and skilled workÂforce while failing to keep up with general pay trends," Mr. Reardon told the Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee.
Oct. 26, 2015
Federal pay agent finalizes locality pay changes (Federal News Radio)
The Federal Pay Agent finalized its recommendation that President Barack Obama give about 102,000 federal employees locality pay raises.
National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said he's pleased with the final rule.
"NTEU worked to expand locality pay coverage and is pleased that more federal employees are in line to receive these increases in 2016, although the percentage increase is too low," Reardon said in a statement. "NTEU will continue to make the case for higher locality pay raises for federal employees who live and work in high cost regions. We are committed to preventing hardworking federal employees from falling further behind their private sector counterparts in terms of pay."
Oct. 27, 2015
No COLA means 'financial gut punch' for some retirees (Federal Times)
National Treasury Employees Union president Tony Reardon echoed his concerns, saying that an estimated 16 million retirees would be affected by the rate hike.
"That will be a financial gut punch for these retirees. The majority of them are living on fixed incomes and can't afford this," Reardon said in statement. "I'm issuing an urgent appeal to Congress to prevent this huge premium increase from going into effect."
Oct. 15, 2015
It's Official: Retirees Will Not Receive a COLA in 2016 (GovExec)
Federal and military retirees will not receive a cost-of-living adjustment for 2016.
Many federal retirees will feel the pinch of no COLA because of a jump in Medicare Part B premiums, which are estimated to increase by more than 50 percent next year.
National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said it was "absolutely unfair" to force those retirees to pay higher premiums.Â "NTEU is committed to doing all it can to protect seniors from escalating and unaffordable Medicare costs in 2016," he said.
Oct. 15, 2015
Feds escape direct hit on pay and benefits in budget compromise (Washington Post)
You can't find the word "peace" in the 144-page document, but that is the main benefit for federal employees from the bipartisan budget agreement reached on Monday, near midnight.
No new sacrifices are included in the current budget agreement, leaving federal labor leaders in the unusual position of saying good things about Congress.
National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon was relieved too. But he also had a caution. "Lawmakers have still more work to do to avoid a government shutdown," because they must approve agency appropriations bills, he said. "They still have to write and pass funding for agencies for fiscal year 2016 at the higher levels in order to avoid a shutdown when current funding runs out on Dec. 11, 2015."
Oct. 27, 2015
Boehner budget deal includes protections for Medicare B (Federal Times)
The budget deal provides that Medicare Part B beneficiaries not covered by Social Security will only see premiums rise to $123 a month, as opposed to the $159.30 a month projected for 2016.
National Treasury Employees Union president Tony Reardon praised the deal's protection of federal retirees.
"NTEU is relieved that this budget deal addresses funding issues without requiring the federal workforce to make additional sacrifices," Reardon said, in a statement. "While the legislation includes spending cuts or offsets in exchange for increasing sequester spending levels, those offsets do not directly affect federal pay or benefits."
Oct. 27, 2015
Budget Deal Spares Feds' Pay and Benefits (GovExec)
The two-year budget agreement unveiled Monday night spares federal employees' pay and benefits, raises the debt limit and provides some relief from sequestration.
The National Treasury Employees Union said it was "relieved" that the budget deal addressed funding "without requiring the federal workforce to make additional sacrifices."
Oct. 27, 2015
House Republican leaders unveil two-year budget deal (CyberFEDS)
National Treasury Employees Union president Tony Reardon said the union is "relieved" that the budget deal addresses funding issues without requiring the federal workforce to make "additional sacrifices," pointing out that federal employees have already sacrificed more than $159 billion in cuts over a 10-year period.
"While the legislation includes spending cuts, or offsets, in exchange for increasing sequester spending levels, those offsets do not directly affect federal pay or benefits," Reardon said.
But he also said there is still a lot of work to do.
"The House and the Senate still need to approve this agreement," he said. And if "this deal passes Congress, lawmakers ... still have to write and pass funding for agencies for FY 2016 at the higher levels in order to avoid a shutdown when current funding runs out on Dec. 11."
Oct. 27, 2015
Q&A: How government shutdown showdowns affect federal workers (Free Speech Radio News)
Once again, lawmakers on Capitol Hill came within hours of a government shutdown late Wednesday night, before crafting a temporary compromise that kept federal agencies up and running--and civil service employees at work--until mid-December.
For more, FSRN's Shannon Young speaks with Tony Reardon, the national president of the National Treasury Employees Union, the country's largest independent federal-employee union. Listen to the interview
Oct. 1, 2015
NTEU Leader Discusses Impact of the Government Shutdown (WJLA-TV, Washington, D.C.)
Listen to the interview
Oct. 4, 2015
Union blasts measures in highway bill (Federal Soup)
The National Treasury Employees Union called on lawmakers to remove two provisions in a highway funding extension bill passed by the Senate that will likely soon be considered in the House.
NTEU National President Tony Reardon told House members in a recent letter that the PCA approach has been tried and discontinued twice in the past 20 years.
"In addition to being fiscally unsound, allowing PCAs to collect tax debt on a commission basis led to taxpayer abuse," Reardon wrote. "NTEU is not alone in its opposition to outsourcing the collection of taxes. Opposition to allowing private companies to collect taxes on a commission basis has been voiced by the administration, the National Taxpayer Advocate and a coalition of civil and consumer rights groups, including the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza."
The union also reiterated the its objection to using $4 billion in customs user fees to fund transportation projects rather than increasing Customs and Border Protection staffing--a move NTEU maintains will harm the agency's ability to fulfill its mission.
Oct. 28, 2015
Report: U.S. helping more federal workers repay their student loans (Baltimore Sun)
After three years of declines, more federal workers are getting help from the government in paying back their student loans.
In testimony submitted to a Senate committee Thursday, Anthony M. Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said the student loan repayment program is a "commonly overlooked" benefit for federal workers.
"Student loan repayment programs can be a vital way to provide additional compensation to employees, while also assisting with improving workforce skill sets, and overall agency recruitment and retention needs," he said.
Oct. 24, 2015