Washington D.C. – The National Treasury Employees Union is hosting more than 350 union members at this year’s virtual Legislative Conference, where employees from around the country connect with their members of Congress about issues important to the federal workforce.
In today’s opening session, NTEU National President Tony Reardon announced the union’s 2022 legislative agenda: robust health and safety protocols in the workplace; adequate agency funding; safeguarding and enhancing employee benefits; protecting workplace rights; and a fair pay raise.
“Our legislative agenda is about building a federal workforce that works for America,” Reardon said. “When the government adheres to its longstanding principles of a non-partisan workforce built on merit and equal opportunities for all, every American citizen benefits.”
NTEU members also heard inspiring remarks from longtime labor supporters Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, as well as many other members of Congress.
“NTEU members have helped execute critical responses to the pandemic,” Clyburn said. “So many Americans would not have weathered the storm of this pandemic without your effort to protect their physical and financial well-being.”
Sen. Brown spoke about the power of unions.
“There is importance in carrying a union card, and the American public is seeing the value in being pro-union,” Brown said. “When we have stronger unions, we have a strong middle class. It keeps our country moving forward.”
Reardon told the NTEU members to be proud of their advocacy work on Capitol Hill. It shows the commitment of federal employees to their jobs, their colleagues and their country, he said.
“These days, it feels like there is a lot that can divide us, but at NTEU, I believe our diversity is our strength. Yes, we are Republicans, Democrats and independents but we come together as a union, united in our mission and our values,” Reardon said.
NTEU represents employees in 34 federal agencies and offices, including the IRS, Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations, Environmental Protection Agency, Health and Human Services, Securities and Exchange Commission and others.