NTEU's legislative agenda was established during a meeting in Washington, D.C., of the Legislative Advisory Committee. This group of NTEU members from various federal agencies and NTEU chapters spent hours reviewing the legislative landscape for federal employees and then recommended five priority issues to National President Tony Reardon.
Protecting Federal Retirement Benefits
Since 2010, Congress has twice increased employee contributions to the federal retirement program for new hires, essentially cutting take-home pay. Now, new attacks could come to weaken the retirement system for all federal employees. NTEU is opposed to further reductions to federal retirement benefits and supports the elimination of recent pension contribution increases for new hires.
Securing Fair Pay
Lagging federal pay rates have taken their toll on federal employees and their families over the last few years, with their pay raises trailing increases to private sector wages. NTEU supports H.R. 757 and S. 255, which call for a 3.2 percent increase for 2018 for federal workers.
Preserving Health Care Benefits
Several previous proposals that may be considered in this Congress would turn the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) into a voucher plan. Others have proposed altering retiree health care benefits or eliminating employer-sponsored health insurance benefits entirely for the federal workforce. NTEU opposes these efforts and supports enacting prescription drug cost and supply chain reforms that would lower costs.
Safeguarding Workplace Fairness
Recent proposals to eliminate due process rights for federal employees would bring back the “spoils system” driven by patronage and political favoritism rather than ability and merit, and make all career employees “at-will” with no independent reviews or due process, as well as H.R. 559, a bill that weakens due process rights. NTEU opposes efforts to undermine our ability to effectively represent our members.
Achieving Agency Missions
Many agencies are drastically understaffed, which has had a devastating effect on their ability to provide many of the critical services American taxpayers rely on. The current government wide hiring freeze and longer-term workforce reduction plans will further diminish the ability of key agencies to perform their basic functions. NTEU supports ending the hiring freeze, providing agencies with sufficient funding to meet their missions, and maintaining agency governing structures that promote efficiency and independence.