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NTEU Makes Headlines


Coverage of NTEU's position and work on behalf of federal employees was included in nearly 30 media stories in March.


The Sources

Here are just some of the media that mention NTEU:

Washington Post

New York Times

Wall Street Journal

Boston Globe

Washington Times

Associated Press

Bloomberg News

Reuters

Federal News Radio

Federal Daily News

FedSmith

GovExec

Washington Post

Federal Times

USA Today

New York Times

New York Chief-Leader

The Hill

Federal Computer Week

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tax Analysts

Tax Notes

National Journal

BNA/Government Employee Relations Report

Credit Union Times

Roll Call

Wall Street Journal

The Fiscal Times

CNNMoney

Associated Press

MSNBC.com

CNN

C-SPAN

CyberFEDS

Politico

Accounting Today

Marketplace

Reuters

NPR

Accounting Web

Bloomberg

Forbes

Washington Times

Huffington Post

Fiscal Times

UPI

Businessweek

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"Once again, federal employees are being targeted disproportionately for budget savings because they chose to serve their country."

NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley

Error in House budget understated spending cuts by $900 million
Washington Post
March 19, 2015  

NTEU expressed strong opposition to the House and Senate budget plans that contain cuts to federal employee pay and benefits. News outlets reported on the union's message that it is unacceptable to balance the budget on the backs of federal employees. The media also reported on President Kelley's announcement of her plans to retire later this summer and recognized her achievements.

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March Headlines

Colleen M. Kelley  
   
Budget Talks  
   

• President Colleen M. Kelley's plan to retire after 16 years at NTEU's helm makes national news. Read the clips »

• NTEU slams provisions in House and Senate budget plans that would, once again, target federal employee pay and benefits for cuts. Read the clips »

• In good news for IRS employees and taxpayers, NTEU worked successfully with the agency to cancel two furlough days planned for this year. Read the clips »

• In congressional testimony, NTEU voices support for programs that would help financially-struggling federal employees become tax compliant. Read the clips »

 NTEU opposes any proposal that would cut federal employee pensions, and other news. Read the clips »


President Kelley's Retirement




NTEU's Kelley to retire in August (DCLabor.org)
Colleen Kelley, the Treasury Employees president for the last 16 years, will retire at the end of the union's convention this August, the union announced.

NTEU represents mostly Treasury Department workers, including IRS employees -- the agency where Kelley got her start as a revenue agent. After serving as the Pittsburgh local's president, she joined the union's national staff, became executive vice president and then was elected president for the first time in 1999. She has served four terms.

March 29, 2015

Kelley to Step Down As NTEU President After 16-Year Run (New York Chief-Leader)
Colleen M. Kelley, the longtime head of the National Treasury Employees Union, announced last week that she would retire after the union's national convention this August.

Ms. Kelley was an Internal Revenue Service Revenue Agent for 14 years and rose through the union ranks to become president of her Pittsburgh local, NTEU Chapter 34.

March 9, 2015

Colleen Kelley to Step Down (News Channel 8 DC)

March 8, 2015

Colleen Kelley, 'strong champion' for feds, to retire as union president (Washington Post)
When Colleen M. Kelley retires as president of the National Treasury Employees Union, the entire federal workforce, not just her members, will lose a passionate defender against tough attacks.

Kelley, whom Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta calls "a strong champion for federal employees," has announced plans to retire after the union's August convention.

"I love what I do. I love what NTEU does," she said in an interview. "I believe we make an incredible difference for our country every day...As long as I'm working, this is all I want to do."

March 8, 2015

NTEU president Colleen Kelley to step down (Federal Times)
National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley will be retiring this year to spend time with her family, according to the union.

"I am proud of my NTEU career and the state of our union today … as much as I love my role and our union, I will not be seeking re-election to a fifth term as NTEU National President," she said in the memo.

During her tenure the NTEU helped end IRS efforts to outsource tax debt collections and won enhanced law enforcement officer retirement benefits for Custom and Border Protection officers. During her tenure the union also organized new groups, including attorneys at the Securities and Exchange Commission, scientists at the Food and Drug Administration and employees at the National Credit Union Administration.

March 5, 2015

Treasury union president to retire in 2015 (Associated Press)
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, has announced plans to retire this year after the labor group's convention in August. NTEU is the second largest federal worker labor group.

In a memo to NTEU chapter presidents, Kelley said she will not seek reelection after ending her fourth term and will be retiring to spend time with her family in Pittsburgh.

March 5, 2015

NTEU president to retire this summer (
Federal News Radio)

March 5, 2015

NTEU's Kelley to retire
(Federal Soup)
The National Treasury Employees Union announced this week that the union's long-time national president, Colleen M. Kelley, will be retiring following the union's 2015 National Convention in August. The union will elect a new leader at the convention.

In a memo to NTEU chapter presidents, Kelley thanked the union's local leaders, and said the organization in good shape to make the transition this summer, when she retires to spend more time with family in her home town of Pittsburgh, Pa.

"I am proud of my NTEU career and the state of our union today," Kelley wrote. "As much as I love my role and our union, I will not be seeking re-election to a fifth term as NTEU national president."

March 4, 2015

NTEU president to retire after 16 years as head of federal union (Washington Post)
Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, has announced plans to retire this year after the labor group's convention in August. NTEU is the second largest federal worker labor group.

Kelley was elected for her first four-year term as NTEU national president in August 1999. Prior to that, she worked for 14 years as an Internal Revenue Service employee and rose through the ranks of the union, serving in leadership positions, including president of a Pittsburgh chapter and NTEU national executive vice president.

March 4, 2015

NTEU President Colleen Kelley to retire (
Federal News Radio)
Colleen Kelley will be stepping down as the National Treasury Employees Union president, a role she's filled since 1999. She will retire following the union's 2015 National Convention in August.

Kelley made the announcement in a memo to NTEU Chapter presidents, in which she thanked the union's leaders saying she was "in awe every day" of the work they did.

"I am proud of my NTEU career and the state of our union today … as much as I love my role and our union, I will not be seeking re-election to a fifth term as NTEU National President," she said, in the memo. She will be retiring to Pittsburgh to spend time with her family.

March 4, 2015

Long-Serving NTEU President Announces Retirement (GovExec)
Colleen Kelley, the face of the National Treasury Employees Union at pay and benefits hearings, Capitol Hill protests and in the news media, will retire this August, NTEU announced on Wednesday.

In a memo to chapter presidents, Kelley--first elected in 1999 after 14 years as an Internal Revenue Service agent--said she believed the union is well-positioned to "make a transition this summer," and that she is "in awe every day" of the union's work and proud of its current state.

March 4, 2015

Congressional Budget Plans



GOP budget plan has a surprise among list of cuts for federal employees (Washington Post)
National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley said "it appears" the Senate resolution adopts a 2010 Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission recommendation, which the House does do, that would lead to federal workers contributing more toward their retirement with no increase in benefits, effectively a pay cut of about 6 percent.

In a letter to senators, Kelley said that if Congress allows across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration to continue, "it is more than likely that more unpaid furlough days or shutdowns, reductions in force and the resulting loss of government services will occur next year and beyond. Food inspection, border security, air and water quality and the timeliness of tax refunds will all be negatively affected."

March 29, 2015

Federal workers could pay more for health care, get less for retirement under GOP plan (Washington Post)
The federal budget proposed by House Republicans would reduce the amount of money that government employees earn through a popular retirement fund and potentially increase the amount they have to contribute to their health-care plan, according to newly released details.

Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, sent a letter to House lawmakers on Monday calling on them to oppose the Republican plan. "Balancing the budget on the backs of federal workers is unacceptable," she said.

March 24, 2015

Error in House budget understated spending cuts by $900 million (Washington Post)
A correction to the House Republican budget released this week could mean far deeper cuts for federal employees than the original document suggested, further alarming government workers and their unions already upset about hits they have taken in recent years.

National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley said federal workers have already contributed $159 billion toward deficit reduction during the Obama administration since 2010 and shouldn't have to sacrifice more.

"Once again, federal employees are being targeted disproportionately for budget savings because they chose to serve their country," Kelley said.

March 19, 2015 

House GOP budget plan hits feds in their pocketbooks (Washington Post)
Given past practices of House Republicans, federal employees had reason to fear the party's 2016 budget plan would take one hit after another at their compensation and staffing levels.

Rather than empowering federal employees, National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley said the plan "will make the government a workplace of last resort for talented and experienced employees."

March 17, 2015


IRS Furloughs Prevented

Savings Mean No IRS Furlough This Fiscal Year, Koskinen Says (Tax Notes)
A recent internal IRS review concluded that having eliminated overtime pay and by implementing a hiring freeze, the Service will not have to shut down later this fiscal year to stay within its budget, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a congressional panel March 18.

The National Treasury Employees Union issued a statement hailing Koskinen's announcement before the House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.

"NTEU worked with the IRS to find other ways to handle the ongoing budget cuts the agency is facing," NTEU President Colleen Kelley said in the statement. "Furloughs would have devastated morale among IRS employees."

March 19, 2015

IRS says budget cuts will not require furloughs after all (Associated Press)
Budget cuts will not require the IRS to shut down for two days after all, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Wednesday.

"The threat (of furloughs) will return in the future unless Congress increases the IRS budget and allows the agency to hire enough staff to execute its mission," said Colleen M. Kelley, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union. "Furloughs would have devastated morale among IRS employees. As it is, employees are frustrated that they cannot help taxpayers like they used to before and taxpayers are not getting the assistance they need from the IRS."

March 18, 2015

IRS Calls off Employee Furloughs (Accounting Today)
The Internal Revenue Service is canceling the two days of unpaid employee furloughs it had planned in response to budget cuts.

Koskinen noted that preventing a shutdown was a high priority for both the National Treasury Employees Union and the IRS and he thanked NTEU president Colleen Kelley and her team for their support as they worked through the issue.

"I believe that employees should not have to deal with losing two days of pay because Congress has not provided adequate resources to IRS," said Kelley in a statement.

March 18, 2015

NTEU: IRS won't have to furlough employees for two days (Fierce Government)
The Internal Revenue Service will not need to furlough its employees for two days due to budget constraints as was previously announced by the agency, according to a March 18 National Treasury Employees Union statement that was emailed to reporters.

"Furloughs would have devastated morale among IRS employees," says NTEU President Colleen Kelley in the statement. As it is, employees are frustrated that they cannot help taxpayers like they used to before and taxpayers are not getting the assistance they need from the IRS."

Kelley says the NTEU and IRS worked together to figure out how to cut costs without having to furlough employees for two days.

March 18, 2015

IRS Won't Have to Furlough Employees After All, Commissioner Says (
GovExec)
The threat of a "shutdown" at the IRS has eased, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen told a House panel on Wednesday. Prospects for one or two-day furloughs, which he predicted in December, depended on the extent of savings achieved by reducing overtime hours during filing season, he said, and sufficient economies were achieved.

The National Treasury Employees Union on Wednesday welcomed the announcement that furloughs have been averted. "NTEU worked with the IRS to find other ways to handle the ongoing budget cuts the agency is facing," said National President Colleen Kelley. "The threat will return in the future unless Congress increases the IRS budget and allows the agency to hire enough staff to execute its mission."

March 18, 2015

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Federal Employees and Taxes


House panel shows bipartisan support for federal workplace bills (Washington Post)
His Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act would bar serious federal tax delinquents from federal employment, which means some could be fired.

The bill also could weed out good employees who fell behind, got fired because of it, then would have no income to pay their taxes.

"Denying them federal employment that they are otherwise qualified for will certainly be unfair in some situations and in many situations will lead to a higher likelihood that the government will never receive the taxes it is owed," Maureen Gilman, legislative and political director of the National Treasury Employees Union, told a subcommittee hearing earlier this month.

March 26, 2015

House Panel Considering IRS Model for Workforce Tax Compliance (Tax Notes)
Impressed by the low tax delinquency rate of Treasury Department employees, some members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Government Operations Subcommittee on March 18 suggested that other agencies adopt the IRS's enforcement rules.

In a statement March 18, the union said, "[The] NTEU believes that termination for tax delinquency can be appropriate in some cases, but we believe that a blanket policy of terminating a worker's employment or preventing a job applicant from obtaining gainful employment without taking into account the reasons for the delinquency and the circumstances surrounding repayment ability is not wise."

March 19, 2015

Rep. Chaffetz to try again to fire tax delinquent feds (
Federal News Radio)
Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) plans to reintroduce his bill to hold federal employees and contractors more accountable for not paying their federal taxes.

"They administer the tax code and it's been a tradition there for as long as I'm aware since the IRS existed they were able to look into their own employees' tax compliance as they administer the code," said Maureen Gilman, legislative and political director for the National Treasury Employees Union during the hearing.

March 19, 2015

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Other News

 

Taxes From A To Z (2015): K Is For Koskinen (Forbes)
He's now in his second tax season as Commissioner and both tax seasons have gone relatively smoothly save some budget challenges and a cybercriminal or two (or three or four…). With that in mind, Commissioner Koskinen spent this week in appropriations committee meetings (asking for more money) and meeting with state tax authorities and heads of tax software companies to talk about solutions to combat tax refund related fraud and identity theft.

So what do folks think of Commissioner Koskinen? Anecdotally, his employees seem to really like him, with one telling me just under a year ago, "We really support this guy." Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, says about him, "He is doing an outstanding job in representing the agency."

March 20, 2015

Westerman pushing federal pension cut (
Arkansas News)
Westerman, R-Hot Springs, is introducing legislation that would cut back on pension benefits for retirees starting in 2017. A reform, he says, is needed to curb the out-of-control growth in federal spending that has led to record debt.

The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal employees at 31 agencies, also opposes efforts in Congress to reduce pension benefits.

"While we have not seen Rep. Bruce Westerman's bill, we are familiar with the proposal to base benefits on the high five years of pay, rather than the current high three. NTEU has successfully fought off past attempts to recalculate pension payments like this and will continue to oppose plans that reduce benefits for hard-working, middle-class federal workers," said NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley.

March 5, 2015

NTEU Leader Praises Sen. Mikulski (
Federal News Radio)

March 3, 2015

Funding Impasse Is Already Disrupting DHS Operations (GovExec)
The Homeland Security Department avoided a shutdown on Friday, although it did so with just hours to spare and only temporarily.

Congress ignored the warning and passed a one-week continuing resolution. About 30,000 DHS employees face furloughs come next week if a solution is not reached before midnight, March 6, and an additional 195,000 would report to work without pay.

"The exercise in anxiety continues for more than 200,000 dedicated DHS employees who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect given the critically important work they do," said National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley.

March 2, 2015

 

 




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