Washington D.C. – After more than 33 years with the National Treasury Employees Union, National President Tony Reardon has announced his intention to retire at the end of his current term.
Reardon was initially elected as National President in 2015 and re-elected in 2019. His current term ends on Aug. 10, 2023. Delegates to the union’s National Convention, scheduled in August, will elect the union’s top two leaders: National President and National Executive Vice President.
“It is hard to leave the union that has been my professional home for more than 33 years,” Reardon said. “I have dedicated my career to representing NTEU’s members and it has been the honor of my life to serve as NTEU National President.”
As National President, Reardon led the union through a number of unprecedented challenges. He faced an administration under President Trump that attacked federal employees and their unions; he navigated a 35-day federal government shutdown that saw federal employees standing in food lines, and he worked to keep federal workers safe and on the job when the COVID pandemic hit.
As the union's chief spokesperson, Reardon has been a passionate and relentless advocate for federal workers in the media, with Congress, at union rallies, and in the offices of agency leaders.
He was at the helm of NTEU when the union delivered a paid parental leave program for the federal workforce, the highest pay raise in 20 years, an historic investment in the IRS, expansion of telework programs, and much more.
“I am so proud of the battles we fought and the victories we earned over the past eight years,” Reardon said. “This union and our members are a strong collective force that keeps pushing. Whether at the bargaining table, in Congress, at federal courts, or at the polls, NTEU members never waiver from our mission and they are an inspiration to me every day.”
Reardon always sought collaborative relationships with federal agencies but was never afraid to confront management when necessary. He joined forces with lawmakers who support federal employees and the work they do, increased membership across the union and always kept the needs of NTEU members front and center.
“NTEU is strong and well-positioned to continue to fight for our members, to represent them in the workplace and on Capitol Hill,” Reardon said. “There is a long tradition of leadership across NTEU that will carry this union forward. The dedication to our mission of ensuring federal employees are treated with dignity and respect remains as strong today as it was when NTEU was founded 85 years ago.”
The son and grandson of union leaders, Reardon was inspired by his family history to pursue a career at NTEU, which spanned more than 33 years. Prior to his election as National President Reardon served as National Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Executive and Director of Operations.
Reardon and his wife, Dawn, have four children. "My family has provided unwavering support to me throughout my time at NTEU. After I retire, I look forward to spending time with them and doing all the things we have put off for so long,” Reardon said.
NTEU represents employees in 34 federal agencies and offices.