The Month in Media
"Parents have the most influence on the career choices of their children. We need to get parents to talk to their kids about the interesting [federal] jobs in nearly every field that will be available in the future."
NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley
"Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids...About Federal Service"
GovExec | August 7, 2014
President Colleen M. Kelley conducted more than 10 television and radio interviews about NTEU's latest awareness campaign that focuses on federal careers. In light of the recently unveiled phased retirement rules, the media covered the union's efforts in urging federal agencies to quickly develop such programs so employees can start participating.
• In interviews, President Colleen M. Kelley talks about NTEU's new public service campaign highlighting the wide array of career opportunities in the federal government. Read the clips »
• NTEU's campaign generates coverage in print, radio and television media outlets. Read the print and television and radio clips.
• As temporary and seasonal employees get one step closer to health insurance, NTEU urges OPM to swiftly implement the rules expanding the program. Read the clips »
• Other news stories include phased retirement and NTEU's fight for a fair pay raise for the federal workforce. Read the clips »
Phased retirement and NTEU's survey on federal careers (NewsChannel 8-WJLA-ABC)
Aug. 17, 2014
Positive PR for feds (Federal News Radio)
Aug. 29, 2014
This week on "Fed Access," Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, joins host Derrick Dortch to talk about a new public relations campaign her organization is launching to educate people about the federal workforce.
Kelley also talks about federal workers morale and how it has been impacted by scandals at the IRS and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
|Federal Careers Campaign (Television and Radio)
Federal Careers Campaign (Federal News Radio)
A career in the federal workforce might not be the coolest thing to kids. That's one finding from a new survey by the National Treasury Employees Union. It found only 37 percent of parents polled encourage their kids to go into government. Now, NTEU is starting a campaign to change that. President Colleen Kelley joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss the new survey.
Aug. 8, 2014
KOLO-ABC, Reno, Nev., Aug. 12, 2014
KTBC-FOX, Austin, Tex., Aug. 12, 2014
KING-NBC, Seattle, Wash., Aug. 12, 2014
KTXL-FOX, Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014
Thousands of federal employees slated to retire, little interest in federal jobs among youth (WREG-TV)
The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) reports that 600,000 federal employees will be eligible to retire by 2017.
The president of the local chapter of the union said about 37 percent of IRS employees will be retiring around that time.
"Let them know that federal government's a good place to work," said NTEU Chapter 98 President Gibson Jones.
Aug. 14, 2014
WNDU-NBC, South Bend, Ind., August 15, 2014
WHSV-ABC, Harrisonburg, Va., Aug. 18, 2014
The Daily Buzz, Aug. 21, 2014
This Daily Buzz interview appeared in 10 cities:
Great Falls, Mt.
Lake Charles, La.
WCMH-NBC, Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 21, 2014
WBRC-FOX, Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 25, 2014
|Federal Careers Campaign (Print)
Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids...About Federal Service (GovExec)
Fewer than one in 10 parents say their kids are interested in a career in federal government, according to a new survey.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs and commissioned by the National Treasury Employees Union, surveyed American adults with children between the ages of eight and 22. While just 8 percent of respondents said their kids wanted to work for federal government, 37 percent have encouraged their children to "consider a career with the federal government."
Parents should be telling their kids they can find the jobs they want in federal service, Kelley said, "even though that's not the first place they think to work." Kelley added NTEU will launch a national media campaign aimed at convincing parents to talk to their kids about the merits of federal employment.
Aug. 7, 2014
Mammas, Please Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be...Federal Workers? (Washington Post)
Seems kids aren't much interested in working for the federal government these days, according to a recent poll, and the National Treasury Employees Union is fixin' to do something about that.
An Ipsos Public Affairs poll, commissioned by the NTEU, found that only 8 percent of adults with kids said their children wanted to be federal workers, according to Government Executive, a trade magazine.
So NTEU president Colleen Kelley told Government Executive that the union is launching a national media campaign to encourage parents to tell their kids about the greatness of federal employment, "even though that's not the first place they think to work." There's "interesting jobs in nearly every field," she said.
Aug. 8, 2014
Turns Out Most Kids Don't Want to Grow Up to Be Federal Workers (In The Capital)
In response this poll, the union is launching a public relations campaign telling parents to encourage their kids to work for the federal government. This PR blitz is about more than just a bruised ego for the NTEU. The federal workforce, and thus union membership, is aging, with roughly a third of federal workers eligible for retirement benefits by September of 2017.
"Parents have the most influence on the career choices of their children," NTEU President Colleen Kelley said in a statement to the trade publication Government Executive. "We need to get parents to talk to their kids about the interesting federal jobs in nearly every field that will be available in the future."
Aug. 14, 2014
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Temp Feds Are One Step Closer to Health Insurance (GovExec)
A federal employee union is urging the government to provide temporary and seasonal workers access to health insurance as soon as possible.
The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents many temporary Internal Revenue Service workers employed during tax season, commented on the current draft regulations detailing the expansion of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to previously ineligible employees.
"NTEU urges OPM to ensure that the regulations state that health insurance coverage for these employees is effective as of the first day of employment, as is currently done for other employees," the union said in its comments. The comment period for feedback on the draft rules ends Thursday.
Aug. 28, 2014
NTEU Applauds Planned FEHBP Expansion; Calls for Implementation as Early as Possible (Insurance News Net)
The National Treasury Employees Union issued the following news release:
The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) today called for the planned expansion of the federal health insurance program to previously ineligible employees to begin as soon as possible. NTEU has been a strong supporter of this expansion for some time.
"This is a welcome step for important groups of federal employees that have been excluded from the FEHBP," said NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley. She added: "OPM should encourage agencies to begin identifying newly-eligible existing employees so these individuals have the opportunity to enroll at the earliest possible time."
Aug. 28, 2014
Federal Government Pays Workers $5 Million to Not Work (Federal Times)
The federal government has a serious problem keeping tabs on its employees, from an FCC worker watching porn while at work, to DHS employees collecting overtime pay to sit on Netflix or talk on the phone.
And now, a new report from the Patent and Trademark Office found that at least 19 paralegals have been getting paid $60,000 to $80,000 a year to sit on Facebook, online shop and watch TV --costing taxpayers about $5.1 million in the last four years. Even more egregious -- the auditors said managers looked the other way and billed the hours under "other time" while also giving each of the workers thousands of dollars worth of performance bonuses during that same time period.
NTEU National President Colleen M. Kelley defended the workers, saying they alerted the agency that they weren't given enough work to do. "These frontline employees wanted to work. They let managers know that and ultimately some of them went to the Inspector General about the lack of work, which instigated this report," Kelley said in a statement.
Aug. 4, 2014
Government may owe federal employees millions in shutdown damages (Federal Times)
The government could owe hundreds of thousands of federal employees millions of dollars in damages for its inability to pay salaries during the shutdown last year.
Federal employees sued the government on October 24, 2013. Their argument: For the pay period that began September 22 and ended October 5, 2013, the federal government paid for only one week--which put many employees below minimum wage during the second week.
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said now that the courts have refused to dismiss the case, it will have to be decided on its merits.
"NTEU will continue to watch this case closely." Kelley said.
Aug. 6, 2014
Bill aims to roll back higher pension contributions paid by some federal workers (Al.com)
Recently hired federal employees pay more towards retirement than their counterparts. A new bill aims to end that discrepancy.
"Requiring federal employees to continue to bear such a disproportionate burden of deficit reduction, for deficits they did not cause, is grossly unfair," said President Colleen M. Kelley of the National Treasury Employees Union. The new legislation "will right this wrong."
Aug. 6, 2014
Feds unveil phased retirement regulations (The Hill)
Long awaited regulations allowing federal workers to begin receiving their pensions while remaining on the job were published Friday, drawing praise from across the political spectrum.
The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents workers in more than 30 agencies, said it would push for language extending the phased retirement option to as many workers as possible.
"NTEU pushed for the legislation on Capitol Hill, pushed OPM to issue the final rules, and now will push federal agencies to develop programs," said Colleen Kelley, the union's president. "From the beginning, NTEU has believed that the program should be broadly available and that remains our goal."
Aug. 8, 2014
Phased Retirement: What They Are Saying (FedSmith)
After the long awaited news from yesterday in which OPM finally announced the regulations for phased retirement, the web has been abuzz with comments about the program. The general theme of comments so far, at least the ones I've seen, suggest that federal employee groups and politicians are excited about the program and think it's a good thing, but at least some individual federal employees remain skeptical.
The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) thinks phased retirement is a good thing and didn't hesitate to take credit for helping to get the program pushed through. NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley said, "NTEU pushed for the legislation on Capitol Hill, pushed OPM to issue the final rules, and now will push federal agencies to develop programs. From the beginning, NTEU has believed that the program should be broadly available and that remains our goal."
Aug. 8, 2014
Letter to the Editor: Facts about IRS workers (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
A recent article by Jeff Bergner ("IRS: A deeper look doesn't look pretty," July 29) suggests a link between my union and the alleged processing problems with 501(c)(4) applications at the IRS.
My union, the National Treasury Employees Union, is proud to represent 150,000 federal employees in 31 federal agencies, including the IRS. NTEU, by law, only represents non-supervisory, frontline employees, not executives, managers or policy-makers.
The facts are that numerous NTEU union-represented employees voluntarily provided sworn testimony to congressional committees investigating the tax-exempt application process and were praised by those leading the investigation for their cooperation and professionalism.
Duane Pulford, Lauderdale
The writer is president of NTEU Chapter 29.
Aug. 10, 2014
Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal workers in 2015 (Washington Post)
President Obama on Friday proposed raising federal civilian and military pay by 1 percent across the board next year, signaling that he wants to give the workers a salary bump while preventing the rates from automatically rising by a greater amount under the law.
The National Treasury Employees Union, one of the nation's largest labor groups representing federal workers, said agency personnel deserve a greater rate increase than Obama proposed Friday, arguing that government employees are paid less than their private-sector counterparts and that the gap is widening.
NTEU president Colleen Kelley said in a statement on Friday that fair compensation is "a must if federal agencies are to be able to compete for the talented employees they will need in coming years."
Aug. 29, 2014
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