The Month in Media
"[The 2014 survey] should serve as a wake-up call for federal managers to find creative ways within existing constraints to improve morale and employee retention."
NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley
"In government survey, federal workers have little faith in senior leaders"
Washington Post | October 4, 2014
NTEU took the message of the value and importance of federal workers to major media outlets. In national news coverage of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, many outlets reported NTEU's position that agencies should seek input from frontline employees to improve morale and retention. Major print publications also reported on NTEU's position that federal pay is still far behind private sector pay.
• NTEU renews its fight for a fair pay raise after new data shows federal employees earn 35 percent less than their private sector counterparts. Read the clips »
• A government survey shows that federal employees remain dedicated to their jobs despite low workplace morale. Read the clips »
• NTEU's public service campaign promoting federal careers continues to make news. Read the clips »
• The Office of Personnel Management issues final regulations granting flag recognition honors to the families of civilian federal employees who die while performing officials. Read the clips »
• With 2014 nearly over, NTEU is fighting to restore parity between the mass transit and parking benefit for federal employees who commute using mass transit. Read the clips »
• NTEU works to ensure Customs and Border Protection employees who screen passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries have access to appropriate personal protective equipment, and other news.
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Federal workers could get a pay raise in 2015 (Federal Times)
Federal employees will receive a 1 percent pay raise in 2015 unless Congress passes legislation to block it, according to a letter President Obama sent to Congress Aug. 29.
But years of pay freezes has created a pay gap between federal workers and private sector employees that needs to be closed, according to Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union.
"NTEU would like to see a higher increase that would start to chip away at the already-significant pay gap in favor of the private sector rather than an increase that allows the gap to widen. Fair compensation for a workforce that already has contributed $138 billion to deficit reduction and economic recovery is a must if federal agencies are to be able to compete for the talented employees they will need in coming years," she said.
Sept. 2, 2014
White House proposes 1 percent pay boost (Federal Soup)
The White House last week sent Congress an "alternative pay plan" specifying a 1 percent pay increase in 2015 for employees in the General Schedule and certain other pay systems.
"This marks the second consecutive year of a 1 percent boost in pay for the federal workforce after a three-year pay freeze," National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley said in a statement last week. "NTEU would like to see a higher increase that would start to chip away at the already significant pay gap in favor of the private sector rather than an increase that allows the gap to widen."
Sept. 2, 2014
Federal employees earn 35 percent less than private sector counterparts, study shows (AL.com)
The most recently data from the Federal Salary Council shows salaried government workers earn an average of 35.2 percent less than those doing the same jobs in the private sector. The pay gap is roughly about the same as last year's figure of 35.4 percent.
"The data is consistent data," Colleen M. Kelley, a member of the council and president of the National Treasury Employees Union told the Washington Post. "It's been agreed to during every administration regardless of party. Even though (the increase in disparity is) flat, it's still pretty big, and it's negatively affecting federal employees and agencies also."
Oct. 20, 2014
Federal pay still far behind private sector's, study group says (Washington Post)
White-collar federal employees on average earn 35.2 percent less than private-sector workers in comparable jobs, an advisory council announced Friday in the latest report in a years-long back and forth over how salaries stack up.
"The data is consistent data," said Colleen M. Kelley, a member of the council and president of the National Treasury Employees Union. "It's been agreed to during every administration regardless of party. Even though it's flat, it's still pretty big, and it's negatively affecting federal employees and agencies also."
Oct. 27, 2014
In government survey, federal workers have little faith in senior leaders (Washington Post)
Federal employees' satisfaction with their agencies' senior leaders hit a five-year low last year, according to a survey of the workforce released Friday that also shows continuing discontent overall.
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a statement that the 2014 survey "should serve as a wake-up call for federal managers to find creative ways within existing constraints to improve morale and employee retention."
Oct. 24, 2014
Federal Workers' Job Satisfaction Slips (Wall Street Journal)
More than 90% of federal employees say they are willing to put in extra effort to get their work done, but fewer are satisfied with their jobs, pay or the agencies for which they work, according to an annual survey released Friday about the federal workforce that tracks trends over several years.
National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley said that when making key decisions, managers should seek the views of frontline workers and their unions.
Oct. 24, 2014
Vets Have Less Faith in Merit-Based Federal Promotions Than Their Peers (GovExec)
Veterans working in the federal government have even less faith than their non-veteran peers that job promotions in their office are based on merit, according to the results of a new governmentwide survey on employee satisfaction and engagement.
National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley said the survey results should serve as a wake-up call not just for federal managers but for Congress too. "Morale will take another hit if Congress fails to agree on a new budget once the current stopgap measure expires," she said, referring to the continuing resolution that runs out on Dec. 11. "We urge Congress to pass a new funding bill that provides employees with the resources necessary to accomplish the critical missions of their agencies."
Oct. 24, 2014
What Public Speakers Need To Know About Job Opportunities In The Federal Sector (The Accidental Communicator)
The Perfect Career Conversation for Back to School Season: Great Jobs No One is Talking About (The Daily National)
A National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) study found that most parents don't talk to their kids about federal careers, including military service. But federal work is challenging and rewarding. In fact, 50 federal employees have won the Nobel Prize.
Sept. 11, 2014
Have You Considered a Federal Career? (Jobacle.com)
With generous pay and unparalleled benefits, the government is currently hiring lawyers, engineers, scientists, enforcement officers and more.
The video below features Colleen M. Kelley, the president of The Union for Federal Employees. Representing 150,000 employees in 31 separate government agencies, she outlines how you can help your child prepare for a job in federal service.
Sept. 12, 2014
We all know how hard it is now to find a good job after graduation, yet the federal workforce is in need of bright, young lawyers, engineers, scientists, enforcement officers, and more! Check out the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) president's tips on how to help your child prepare for and land a job in federal service.
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Sept. 12, 2014
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|Federal Civilian Flag Recognition
OPM issues final rule on flag presentation tributes (Federal Soup)
The Office of Personnel Management on Sept. 9 issued a final rule that authorizes presentation of a U.S. flag to the next of kin to pay tribute to federal employees who die while performing official duties.
"This is important recognition of the service and sacrifice of these brave and dedicated federal employees," said National treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley, who had championed the move. "It is a sad fact that federal employees sometimes lose their lives in service to our country and now their families will receive a meaningful tribute in honor of that sacrifice."
Sept. 9, 2014
Feds extend flag recognition honor to fallen civilians (The Hill)
The Obama administration on Tuesday issued regulations granting formal flag recognition honors to civilian federal employees killed in the line of duty.
The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents more than 150,000 federal workers across 31 agencies, heralded the rule as a "meaningful tribute" for the next-of-kin of those employees killed in the commission of their public service.
"It is often easy to take for granted the work that federal employees perform and the contributions they make," NTEU President Colleen Kelley said. "This recognition should remind us all of the potential dangers many federal employees face."
Sept. 9, 2014
Supporters hope for restoration of higher mass transit benefit (Federal Soup)
Congress has only a few months to restore a more generous mass transit tax benefit that was slashed at the beginning of 2014 when the law supporting it expired, notes Government Executive.
The National Treasury Employees Union--which supported recently failed legislation to "restore parity" between the parking benefit for car commuters and the mass transit benefit for those who commute using public transportation--said it expects to see revival of a similar measure this fall, the article stated.
Sept. 4, 2014
Parking Perk Will Continue to Dwarf Transit Benefit Unless Congress Acts (GovExec)
The mass transit tax benefit used by thousands of federal employees will remain at 2014 levels in 2015 if Congress doesn't pass legislation in the next few months to increase the subsidy.
Still, National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley said her group expects that a measure to restore parity between the mass transit and parking benefits "will be part of a tax extenders bill taken up by Congress prior to the end of this year." Kelley added that "transit benefit parity is a matter of considerable importance to many federal employees and NTEU continues its efforts to secure it."
Sept. 4, 2014
New York City Area Hospital, Airport Workers Seek More Ebola Training (Wall Street Journal)
New York area hospital, political and union leaders called Wednesday for a coordinated response plan and advanced safety training after a second worker at a Dallas hospital was diagnosed with the Ebola virus, and as Newark Liberty International Airport prepares to begin screening arriving passengers from three West African countries on Thursday.
The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 2,300 U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees in its Newark and JFK chapters, is pressuring the agency to ensure that all employees have access to, and training in the use of, protective equipment, said Colleen M. Kelley, NTEU's national president.
Oct. 15, 2014
Continuing resolution heads to President Obama for signature (Federal News Radio)
The Senate passed a continuing resolution Thursday evening that will keep the government operating until Dec. 11, 2014. The bill passed in the Senate on a 73-22 vote. The House passed the bill Wednesday on a 319-108 vote.
National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley said Congress' passage of the CR is a "welcome step in averting another unnecessary and unwise shutdown." But she expressed concern about the low funding levels for many agencies.
Sept. 19, 2014
Union calls on Congress to restore DoD employee appeal rights (Federal Times)
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union called on Congress to pass a bill reversing a 2013 U.S. Court of Appeals decision stating DoD has the expertise to decide who is a potential security risk, and not the Merit Systems Protection Board.
"Without any review or oversight of its basis an agency is free to deem an employee ineligible for any reason it chooses--even a reason based on incorrect or incomplete information," Kelley said.
She urged support for H.R. 3278, which would overturn the court decision and restore MSPB appeal rights for Defense Department employees who feel they were unfairly turned down for a job deemed to be sensitive.
Sept. 15, 2014
Fed union tells OPM to hurry up with health benefits expansion (Fierce Government)
The Office of Personnel Management in July proposed to give some part time federal workers health benefits, but a federal employee union wants OPM to speed things up.
The National Treasury Employees Union called for the planned expansion of the federal health insurance program to previously ineligible employees to begin as soon as possible in an Aug. 28 NTEU statement.
"OPM should encourage agencies to begin identifying newly-eligible existing employees so these individuals have the opportunity to enroll at the earliest possible time," the NTEU statement says.
Sept. 3, 2014
Health plan legal? (Washington Post)
The Office of Personnel Management cheered some federal workers when it issued proposed regulations that would allow them health insurance coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
Seasonal and other workers have long complained about being excluded from the government's employer-sponsored health insurance plans.
"This is a welcome step for important groups of federal employees that have been excluded from the FEHBP," said Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union. "OPM should encourage agencies to begin identifying newly eligible existing employees so these individuals have the opportunity to enroll at the earliest possible time."
Sept. 7, 2014
Federal health insurance premiums to grow 3.2 percent (Federal Times)
Federal employees will see a 3.8 percent increase in their contributions to their health insurance premiums in 2015, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
"NTEU will continue to press for actions to reduce premiums for federal workers and retirees by supporting legislation that would significantly strengthen federal oversight of the prescription drug benefits," Kelley said.
Oct. 7, 2014
OPM: Federal employee health premiums to rise 3.2% (Fierce Government)
Healthcare premiums for 8.2 million federal workers will increase on average by 3.2 percent next year, the Office of Personnel Management says in an Oct. 7 statement.
"NTEU will continue to press for actions to reduce premiums for federal workers and retirees by supporting legislation that would significantly strengthen federal oversight of the prescription drug benefits," says NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley in an Oct. 7 statement.
"As a result FEHBP and enrollees are paying more than they should," Kelley says.
Oct. 8, 2014
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