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"We really are pushing this hard. And we want to see it be a reality and not just something that's been passed but won't be acted on."
"Phased retirement officially starts for feds, but don't count on it"
Washington Post | Nov. 6, 2014
NTEU is a key source for federal employee issues and the perspective of frontline workers for many reporters. In news coverage of the midterm elections, major publications reported on the union's steady focus in making sure all lawmakers, especially newly elected members, understand the important work federal employees do and the contributions they make to the country.
• In a radio interview, President Colleen M. Kelley discusses how the results of the midterm elections will impact federal employees. Read the clips »
• What will NTEU do following the November midterm elections? Find out in the clips »
• Federal employee retiree benefits could once again be on the chopping block. Read the clips »
• Employees at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission join NTEU's fold following a representation election. Read the clips »
|Interview with President Kelley
Interview on Newly Elected Officials (Federal News Radio)
The campaigning is done and the votes are in. Republicans will soon gain control of the Senate for the first time since 2007, and they've widened their lead in the House. So what can feds expect from their newly elected officials? Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share her perspective.
Nov. 6, 2014
Six Areas Where the New Congress Could Squeeze Feds (GovExec)
NTEU looks for allies among freshmen members of Congress (Federal News Radio)
Regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats take control of Congress, federal employees either gain or lose legislative supporters of government workers every two years.
Now that the Republican Party will take control of the Senate and the House of Representatives with the largest majority in decades, Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said she's hoping to find new allies amongst the freshman class of senators and representatives.
"NTEU will do what we always do, which is reach out to each and every one of those newly elected and do everything we can, nationally and locally, so that those who are making decisions about federal employees actually know what federal employees do and how critical their work is to our country," Kelley said on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. "We take nothing for granted, nothing about labels or party affiliation. We do this one-by-one," she said.
Nov. 7, 2014
Unions brace for battle as GOP takes reins on Hill (Environment & Energy News)
Federal workers have been on defense for years as lawmakers have slashed agency budgets and targeted benefits, and government employee unions are girding for even tougher battles once Republicans take control of the Senate.
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said her union is also bracing for fights in the next Congress.
"The last few years have been challenging ones for the federal workforce, and I expect they will remain so," she said. "NTEU will work to protect federal employee retirement, seek fair and appropriate pay raises for federal workers, and strongly advocate for adequate funding for federal agencies."
Nov. 6, 2014
The midterm election did not go the way federal employee advocates had hoped.
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said after the election she was worried about "the return of the Ryan budget."
The blueprint would restore full, pre-sequester funding to the Defense Department, which he proposed paying for by cutting nondefense spending by nearly $800 billion by 2024.
Nov. 6, 2014
Republican-controlled Senate could mean rocky road for federal employees (Washington Post)
The Republican victory in the Senate changes the political landscape more for the federal workforce than most Americans. The terrain for federal employees could prove rocky, not that it had been so smooth before.
"I am concerned about the return of the Ryan budget, which would increase federal retirement contributions and cut the size of the federal workforce at a time when staffing needs are critical," Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said by e-mail.
Nov. 6, 2014
After election, unions brace for attacks on pay, retirement benefits (Federal Times)
The next few years will be tough for federal employees as Congress tries harder to cut federal pay and benefits, according to union leaders.
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said she is concerned that the new Congress will try to cut federal retirement benefits and reduce the size of the workforce.
"In the lame duck session and when the new Congress convenes, NTEU will be pressing for adequate agency funding. Severe budget cuts have resulted in staffing shortages, insufficient training and a reduction in services to the public,"
Nov. 5, 2014
Federal Employee Unions Expect a 'Tough Two Years,' But Promise to Fight On (GovExec)
First and foremost on the agenda for federal workforce advocates is boosting agency funding. Cox vowed to end sequestration, while National Treasury Employees Union National President Colleen Kelley said her members will push for budget increases during the lame duck session of Congress.
"Severe budget cuts have resulted in staffing shortages, insufficient training and a reduction in services to the public," Kelley said.
"The last few years have been challenging ones for the federal workforce and I expect they will remain so," Kelley said. However, she said electoral disappointments will not stop her members from advancing their causes.
Nov. 5, 2014
Issa, Ryan look to FERS reform (Federal News Radio)
Facing a GOP-controlled Senate and a record Republican majority in the House, congressional leaders have turned their attention to budget issues that would raise federal employees' contributions toward retirement.
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, expressed her concerns over the potential rising cost to feds in an email statement just after the midterm elections.
"I am concerned about the return of the Ryan budget, which would increase federal retirement contributions and cut the size of the federal workforce at a time when staffing needs are critical," Kelley said. She also wrote that she disapproved of the proposals outlined in Issa and Ryan's letter to CBO.
"In the past six years, private-sector wages have risen by 10.6 percent, while federal pay increases have been non-existent or miniscule," Kelley wrote.
Nov. 10, 2014
Phased retirement officially starts for feds, but don't count on it (Washington Post)
The long-awaited authority for federal workers to phase into retirement officially begins Thursday, but it is still unclear how soon, how widely and under what conditions agencies will give their employees that opportunity.
Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said that "everywhere I go without exception I get asked this question by someone, â€˜When is it going to happen?' Unfortunately, I've had to tell them my best guess is that it will be early spring before any agency is ready to do it."
"My concern all along with this is that no [agency] would want to be first and that they would proceed very slowly with thisâ€”maybe because they don't believe in it, maybe because it's so new," she said. "We really are pushing this hard. And we want to see it be a reality and not just something that's been passed but won't be acted on."
Nov. 6, 2014
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|CFTC Union Representation
CFTC workers unionize for first time, join NTEU for collective bargaining rights (Fierce Government)
For the first time ever, federal workers at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will be able to collectively bargain after joining the National Treasury Employees Union Oct. 30.
This is the first time CFTC employees have unionized, voting online and by telephone. The union representation election, which was overseen by the Federal Labor Relations authority, began Oct. 14 and ended Oct. 29.
"CFTC employees provide a valuable service by protecting the public from fraud, abusive practices and risk related to derivatives. Advocating for their fair and equitable treatment will be our top priority," NTEU said in an Oct. 30 statement.
Nov. 4, 2014
Hundreds of Federal Employees Win Union Representation (GovExec)
About 370 CFTC employees will be represented by the National Treasury Employees Union, after the workers overwhelming selected the group in elections held over the last two weeks.
"We welcome these CFTC employees to NTEU," NTEU National President Colleen M. Kelley said. "They looked at NTEU's record of success at other financial agencies and will now have the same level of representation for themselves. NTEU is proud to represent them and ready to get started."
Nov. 3, 2014
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