Our mission: To organize federal employees to work together
to ensure that every federal employee is treated with dignity and respect.
Who We Are
NTEU is widely known as a smart, tough organization, well-respected
for its knowledge of federal employee issues. And for its determination
to work with federal agencies, with Congress, and in the courts
to protect, promote and expand the rights of those it represents.
Since 1938, NTEU has been driven by the principle that every federal employee
should be treated with dignity and respect. In that time, NTEU has grown
to represent some 150,000 bargaining unit employees in 31 federal agencies
NTEU members are represented by an experienced and professional
staff in Washington, D.C., seven field offices across the nation
and highly-trained, dedicated local leaders in their workplaces.
|Dept. of Agriculture
Farm Service Agency
• Food and Nutrition Service
Dept. of Commerce
• Patent and Trademark
Dept. of Energy
Dept. of Health and Human Services
• Administration for Children
• Administration on Community Living
• Food and Drug Administration
• Health Resources and Services
• Indian Health Service
• National Center for Health
• Office of the Secretary
• Program Support Center
• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Dept. of Homeland Security
Dept. of the Interior
• National Park
Dept. of the Treasury
• Bureau of Engraving
• Bureau of the Fiscal Service
• Departmental Offices
• Internal Revenue Service
• Office of Chief Counsel
• Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
• Tax and
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Federal Election Commission
National Credit Union Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Securities and Exchange Commission
Social Security Administration
• Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
A History of Success
Here is a sampling of NTEU’s proud and successful history—from
courtroom and legislative victories, to significant contractual and workplace
improvements to precedent-setting arbitration wins and much more.
• Launched a public service campaign, titled They Work for US, highlighting
the important work federal employees perform featuring actual federal workers
talking about their duties.
• Saw a key goal realized with the issuance of an executive order establishing collaborative labor-management forums government-wide.
• A provision in the health care reform bill raising to age 26 the dependent coverage age limit under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
• Aggressive and persistent action by NTEU
helped push a major telework bill through
Congress that should allow more federal
employees to work from home.
• The Federal Career Intern Program came to an end after a prolonged campaign by NTEU to halt agency use of the hiring mechanism that disregarded the competitive hiring process.
• Won a battle to keep open seven of 13 national food-sampling labs under the Food and Drug Administration.
• NTEU won by a 2-1 margin an election covering more than 20,000 employees at Customs and Border Protection.
• Fought for the protection of employee whistleblower rights in federal courts.
• Fought runaway contracting by supporting an administrative directive urging federal agencies to increase insourcing efforts, when possible.
• Won the right for those covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System to count unused sick leave toward their retirement annuity calculations.
• Continuing to expand and enforce employees' rights to telework, alternative work schedules, fair appraisals, overtime pay, fair scheduling and other contractual and legal rights through the grievance and arbitration process, and much more.
• Launched a successful campaign to cancel the IRS private
tax collection program.
• Consistently fights for fair and competitive annual pay
raises for federal civilian employees.
• Won and implemented the enhanced Law Enforcement Officer
retirement benefits for Customs and Border Protection Officers.
• Saw the files work returned to Internal Revenue Service employees at
seven service centers after years of opposition
• Won a five-year battle to defeat administration efforts to create
an anti-union, anti-employee labor relations system at
the Department of Homeland Security by severely restricting collective bargaining
• Won $533 million in back pay for federal employees
when an appeals court ruled against President Nixon’s 1972 pay raise
• Fought for passage of a bill that made permanent a child
care tuition assistance program for federal employees.
• Aggressively pushed for flexible spending accounts for
federal employees and an initiative allowing the use of pre-tax income to
pay health care premiums.
• Secured an expansion of the ability to contribute to or modify contributions
to the federal Thrift Savings Plan.
• Fought successfully for a dental-vision plan for
• Won the right for federal employees to earn compensatory
time for business travel outside normal work hours.
• Won thousands of dollars in back
pay for Customs and Border Protection Officers forced to work an unpaid
sixth day of training.
• Won a federal court ruling that employees have the right
to review promotion files.
• Fought for, and secured, reforms to the 1939 Hatch Act that expanded political and legislative action rights of federal employees.
• Negotiated a precedent-setting employee salary and benefit
package with the FDIC.
• Secured priority promotion consideration for 1,400
IRS employees in the largest case of its kind ever in the federal sector.
• Beat back an IRS attempt to close dozens of its Taxpayer
Assistance Centers nationwide.
• Won a first-ever court victory against an agency’s
illegal use of appropriated funds to give federal jobs to a contractor without
giving employees the chance to compete.
is led by two full-time elected officers—National
President Colleen M. Kelley and National Executive VicePresident
Frank D. Ferris—and 15 elected
district national vice presidents.
Kelley, a former IRS Revenue Agent, was first
elected to the union’s top post in August 1999, after a
four-year term as national executive vice president. She was overwhelmingly
re-elected to a fourth term in August 2011. Her dedication to improving
the lives of federal employees is
clear from her exemplary service to
||NTEU and its members
at the local and national levels for more than 20 years.
Ferris has served NTEU for more than 30
years. Prior to his election as national executive vice
president, he was director of NTEU’s Negotiations
The district national vice presidents sit on the NTEU
Executive Board along with Kelley and Ferris and together
they are leading NTEU to even greater success.
The Voice of Federal Employees
On Capitol Hill
NTEU is leading the fight for fair pay and benefits and for laws
that improve the quality of work life for federal employees. Full-time
lobbyists work with NTEU leaders and members across the country
to educate elected officials on federal employee issues.
At the Bargaining Table
Known for the most innovative contracts in the federal sector,
NTEU’s bargaining expertise is reflected in such gains as
alternative work schedules, flexiplace, transit subsidies, performance
awards and much more. Skilled negotiators fight for local and
national agreements that advance federal employee rights and benefits.
In the Courts
NTEU has a history of establishing major legal principles and
winning millions of dollars in back pay for federal workers not
receiving proper compensation for overtime work. In one instance,
it pursued a case for 22 years, winning special rate employees
more than $178 million in back pay. In another, it won $533 million
in back pay for delayed pay raises.
In the Workplace
Experienced attorneys working in offices around the country serve
as the direct connection between NTEU chapters and the National
Office, and represent members in grievance arbitrations, unfair
labor practice hearings, and more. Highly-trained stewards work
to resolve employee issues at the lowest possible level and negotiate
over local changes to working conditions.
In the Media
Skilled communications specialists take the message of the importance
of federal workers to the media and produce publications—both
print and electronic—that keep members updated on a timely
basis. At the local level, chapters keep members informed of issues
via deskdrops, e-mail, web sites, newsletters, meetings and more.