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 four priority issues to National President Tony Reardon.
• Support sufficient agency funding for FY 2021 to keep agencies open and ensure they can meet their missions.
• Support additional funding to alleviate shortage of 2,231 Customs and Border Protection Officers and 671 CBP Agriculture Specialists.
• Support increases for IRS to make up for the loss of $636 million since 2010 and the loss of 29,000 full-time positions between 2010-19.
• Oppose legislation to undermine or abolish agencies that provide critical taxpayer services.
• Support H.R. 5690 and S. 3231, giving federal employees a 3.5 percent raise in 2021.
• Federal Salary Council reports federal employees earn 26.71 percent less than their private sector counterparts.
• Oppose administration request to make it harder for employees to receive step increases.
• Oppose administration proposal to give employees 1 percent increase across the board in 2021.
• Support expansion of Paid Parental Leave into Paid Family Leave for federal employees.
• Oppose administration efforts to reduce retirement benefits.
• Since 2010, Congress has twice increased employee contributions to FERS, accounting for $21 billion in deficit reduction.
• Oppose shifting additional costs to enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program or other changes to the benefit structure.
• Support S. 3146, which prohibits agencies from implementing any collective bargaining agreement that was not mutually and voluntarily agreed upon by all parties or the result of binding arbitration.
• Support S. 530 and H.R. 1316 to re-establish the National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations.
• Support our professional, non-partisan civil service with employee collective bargaining and due process rights to prevent politicization of the civil service and protect whistleblowers.
The first day of NTEU’s Legislative Conference got off to an energizing start with a speech from Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a leader in the fight for paid parental leave. From there, NTEU members took to Capitol Hill where they met with members of Congress to advance the union’s legislative agenda. Today, day two, our members brought the energy to the rally - what a crowd!
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Last day of NTEU’s Legislative Conference, our members have logged hundreds of visits to offices of their senators and representatives. But we’re not tired! Our work continues all year advocating for fair pay, benefits, workplace rights and agency funding. Get involved and make a difference. action.nteu.org
NTEU members were loud outside the U.S. Capitol rallying for our pay, benefits and workplace rights! Thank you to our congressional supporters who addressed the crowd; Congresswoman Lori Trahan, Congressman Don Beyer, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Congressman TJ Cox, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Katie Porter, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Congresswoman Angie Craig.
NTEU representation of employees goes well beyond the walls of the buildings we are in. This is why we always advise employees that even if you never have to ask NTEU a question or never have an issue, you should still be a member. Our efforts with Congressional Delegations across the country help IRS employees daily by protecting pay and benefits as well as protecting your right to collectively bargain. We invited Congresswoman Trahan and Representative Nguyen to our office so we could help educate them on what IRS employees do in their district. It was a great opportunity for them to better understand our needs as federal employees so they can legislate stronger workplace protections, fair pay as well as better funding!
Communication with legislators like our Senators, Congresspeople and State and Local Reps is always very important. Too often we think that our voices don’t matter when in fact, they are a huge influence on these legislators. As NTEU representatives, we have a lot of face time with these legislators. Having Congresswoman Trahan and State Rep Nguyen here gave that same opportunity to our employees to voice their personal concerns and their feelings about being an IRS employee. As our NTEU National President has always said, as “Federal Employees everything we have is voted on by those who are elected.” Hearing directly from employees who are affected by their legislation cannot be understated.
I believe that employees got a sense that although these women were legislators, they were real people who are here to serve and help. They were no longer these untouchable individuals who did not care about their concerns. Once you have that connection, it gives employees a sense of empowerment that they are the ones who drive the legislation. Their voices are truly important.
Petitions for 3.6% pay raise for 2020 & 12 weeks of Paid Family Leave delivered this morning to Congresswoman Lori Trahan’s Lowell office & met with Sara Khun Leng, Director of Constituents Services. Our heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of federal workers at ANSC for engaging in this great event!
Chapter 68 (IRS) & 288 (FDA) Legislative Leaders discusss the importance of federal workers with Congressman Chris Pappas and Congresswoman Annie Kuster at a quarterly forum.
Spent the morning with Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s newly appointed Legislative Director, Michelle Cota talking about pay raise and paid family leave. She’s extremely supportive of both bills.
Chapter Legislative Leaders from chapters 68 & 288 (FDA) Kathy McAfoose & (IRS Andover) Nell Arndt met with Nick Clemons, Deputy Director from Congressman Joe Kennedy’s Newton MA office to discuss the importance of providing federal employees with a decent raise and 12 weeks of paid family leave. We asked the Congressman to cosponsor both bills!
Chapter Legislative Leaders from FDA Chapter 288 (Kathy McAfoose) and Chapter 68 IRS Andover (Nell Arndt) met with Anne Meeker and Rick Jakious from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Salem MA office to ask for cosponsorship in providing a 3.6% pay raise and 12 weeks of paid family leave to all federal employees! Great meeting all around!
Chapter Legislative Leaders Kathy McAfoose FDA Chapter 288 & 68 IRS Andover Nell Arndt met with Corey Garry & Jennifer Kuzma Legislative Staff from Senator Maggie Hassan asking for cosponsorship on pay and family leave. Very productive meeting..
Chapter 68 Leaders met with Nairoby Gabriel, Legislative Staff from Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Boston District to give her a tour of Andover Service Center & discuss the importance of providing 12 weeks of Paid Family Leave to federal employees! Great meeting!
Claire Teylouni, Regional Director, from Senator Ed Markey's Boston office most recently visited Andover Service. Chapter 68 Leaders gave her a tour and filled her in how important our work is to the American Taxpayer.