NTEU Continues Pressing Federal Government to Protect Employees
NTEU is urging the federal government to do the right thing amid the coronavirus health crisis as outlined in our checklist of eight actions the administration should take immediately.
As the federal government continues to lag in its response to this pandemic, others are asking the same question NTEU has posed: why is the federal government mandating that its employees report to work in heavily populated offices given CDC’s guidance to avoid crowds of 50 people or more?
"This is a chance for the government to lead by strictly following the advice of its own public health officials," National President Tony Reardon said. "State and local officials and private companies are all ramping down, and the federal government -- where possible -- should do the same."
Check out the latest news from Government Executive and Federal Times.
In the last 24 hours NTEU has posted several agency-specific updates to our dedicated coronavirus webpage. Members can view these here: nteu.org/coronavirus2020
Legislation Introduced in Congress to Rescind Anti-Union Executive Orders
NTEU is strongly supporting legislation that would protect federal employee collective bargaining rights.
A new House bill, introduced by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), would rescind the administration’s three anti-union executive orders issued in May 2018. The bill would also rescind the presidential memo to the Department of Defense (DOD) granting the Secretary the authority to exempt DOD agencies and subdivisions from federal labor law. NTEU Chapter 339 represents around 370 federal security personnel at military bases in Hawaii who are DOD employees.
Last month, NTEU joined with 24 other unions in urging three House committees to include language in the upcoming defense authorization bill and funding measures to block the president’s DOD memo. Several members of Congress have also written letters to the president and the Secretary of Defense opposing the memo.
Since the EOs were issued nearly two years ago, NTEU has been fighting in the courts and on Capitol Hill to preserve federal employee rights, collective bargaining rights and the ability of unions to represent employees in the workplace.
Reminder: FEEA Scholarship Deadline Next Wednesday, March 25
The deadline is nearing for federal employees, their spouses and dependents to apply for a collegiate scholarship through the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). FEEA has a 15-minute webinar on how to apply online for a scholarship of up to $5,000 for the fall academic semester.
Apply online by next Wednesday, March 25.