Legislative Roudup August 2018

NTEU Chapter 296 Legislative Roundup 2018-08-13 Click on "More Details" at the bottom of the post to get the summary with all of the attachments



NTEU Chapter 296 Legislative Roundup



This legislative round contains political information. Under the Hatch Act, federal employees should not participate in partisan political activities while on duty or in a federal building.


However, you can use NTEU’s Action Center to take action on these items:



Or visit the NTEU Political Insider:







Item 01:

NTEU Calls For Solidarity Against HHS’ Bad Faith Bargaining


NTEU is in a major fight against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which wants to strip their NTEU represented employees of their basic workplace rights. HHS wants to want to eliminate AWS, telework, performance awards, transit subsidies and many other negotiated rights and benefits that employees currently enjoy. Today it is HHS. Tomorrow it could be your agency.


We are asking you to join your fellow members at HHS in fighting back this Friday during NTEU’s ‘Shame on HHS’ Day. On Friday morning, NTEU President Tony Reardon will be hand-delivering a petition signed by thousands of HHS employees to the office of the Secretary of HHS, Alex Azar, telling Azar that HHS needs to stop this nonsense. Also on Friday, HHS employees will be wearing NTEU shirts and a “Shame on HHS” stickers.


You can help us by tweeting Secretary Azar using his Twitter handle @SecAzar and using the hashtags #SHAMEonHHS and #UnionStrong.


Shareable graphics for your on Twitter or Facebook are available for download at www.nteu.org/ShameOnHHS.


Item 02:

NTEU Members Flex Their Political Muscle


Primary elections took a summer break in July, but that didn’t stop NTEU members from getting involved in political action! Members from all over are raising money for TEPAC, volunteering on campaigns and attending events. This month’s Political Insider blog post shares their stories and tips to help inspire you.


The summer might be winding down, but the race to November elections is just heating up. This election will make or break decisions that seriously impact federal employees and NTEU. Even if you live in a congressional district or state where your legislator votes with NTEU, consider donating to TEPAC. As NTEU’s political action committee, TEPAC helps support candidates who support issues you care about. And, when members of Congress don’t hear from you, they assume you’re happy and spend all their time focused on other issues.


Stay tuned for the next Political Insider, when we’ll be back to primary analysis at the end of August!


As a reminder, you may not access the Political Insider while on government property or government time.


Item 03:

Pay Raise in 2019 Approved in Senate

Last week, the Senate approved a 1.9 percent pay increase for 2019, rejecting the administration’s proposed pay freeze: Read More:


IRS FY 2019 Funding Moves through Senate

The Senate has approved several appropriations measures, including funding for the IRS, for fiscal year (FY) 2019: Read More:


Private Collection Agencies Once Again Fall Short

A new report finds that private contractors hired to collect overdue federal tax debt are not adequately securing taxpayer data


Read more in NTEU eBulletin (have to login to NTEU National website)



Item 04:

NTEU’s Respect Campaign

Dear Chapter Leaders,

A lot has changed since NTEU’s summer membership campaign began a few months ago.

Since then, the president issued a trio of executive orders that diminish the rights of every federal employee. The effects of these EOs are already reverberating at several bargaining tables where agencies are proposing massive rollbacks of longstanding rights and protections. This is on top of proposed retirement cuts, agency reorganizations and a pay freeze. 

What hasn’t changed is NTEU’s commitment to protecting and advancing the rights of those we represent. We are energized, defiant and we never stop fighting for our members. As an NTEU leader, you know this. You also know that our union is only as strong as our membership.

We need every employee to stand with us. The Summer Membership Campaign is an excellent opportunity to make our union stronger as we take on some of the most aggressive efforts to roll back workplace rights NTEU has ever seen.

Every single federal employee has something to lose—from telework and AWS to awards programs and access to help from an NTEU leader—and you can offer them a way to prevent that from happening.

We've posted new fliers on our website on the threats and how NTEU membership makes a difference. I encourage you to use them on bulletin boards and as part of your in-person meetings with prospective members. Non-members need to understand that they rely on us for strong contracts, skilled leaders to enforce those contracts, and an advocate in the courts and on Capitol Hill. We rely on them for their support, particularly now, when so much is at stake.

Thank you for your hard work for NTEU and our members. Your leadership will help ensure that NTEU will continue to stand up for federal employees for the next 80 years and beyond.


Item 05:

SUMMARY:  Today, the Senate approved H.R. 6147, the FY19 Financial Services and General Government; Interior; Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development; and the Agriculture Appropriations bills, which contains a 1.9% pay increase for federal workers.

Item 06:

SUMMARY: Today, the Senate passed and sent to the President the conference report for the annual defense authorization act, which includes a handful of government-wide personnel provisions. 

Item 07:

REMINDER: Call, Write, Tweet your Elected Officials.

NTEU leaders, thank you for engaging in our Public Service Deserves Public Respect campaign efforts. Please help us keep up the momentum so that members of Congress continue to hear directly from their federal employee constituents at the local level during the month of August.


NTEU is urging legislators to agree that PUBLIC SERVICE DESERVES PUBLIC RESPECT by:


  • Providing a federal employee pay raise in January 2019;

  • Opposing cuts to retirement benefits; and

  • Undoing the May 25th Executive Orders that risk federal employee union representation.

Grassroots Action Checklist:

  • Call (http://action.nteu.org/app/make-a-call?0&engagementId=486878)

  • Write (http://action.nteu.org/app/onestep-write-a-letter?0&engagementId=486877)

  • Tweet -  Use #NTEURespect and tweet at Members of Congress: 

"Support America's federal employees. Vote for fair pay and earned retirement. Oppose EOs gutting worker voices at agencies. #Public Service Deserves Public Respect"

Item 08:


To date, the House has passed six of its 12 appropriations bills, and the Senate has passed three.

Item 09:

SUMMARY:  Yesterday, several U.S. Senators took to the Senate floor to speak in support of federal employees and against the May 25th Executive Orders.

Item 10:

In 4-Hour Hearing, Judge Suggests Executive Orders Ignore Half of Labor Statute

Government Executive article on the court hearing about the 3 executive orders:


Item 11:

NTEU Takes our Fight to the Streets and to Court

NTEU was in the courthouse and in the streets yesterday fighting back against three executive orders (EO) that dismantle collective bargaining and due process rights for federal employees, while opening the door to patronage and favoritism.

Outside the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., NTEU members attended a rally to protest the administration's attack on their basic workplace rights, including protections from unfair treatment and the right to bargain collectively. National President Tony Reardon addressed the crowd, as NTEU attorneys were inside the courthouse preparing to make oral arguments in NTEU's lawsuit against the EOs.

We’re in court today because these executive orders are illegal," President Reardon told the crowd of federal employees from several unions. "They violate the law, plain and simple. But let me tell you what bothers me even more about these orders: They are based on the premise that federal employees are wasteful, untrustworthy and expendable. That is a lie and it is why we have to fight." Watch Tony's speech here.

Several other union leaders and nearly a dozen members of Congress also spoke at the rally in support of federal employees and their unions.

Inside the courtroom, NTEU argued that portions of the EOs are in direct conflict with federal law and cannot stand. NTEU and other federal unions sued the government challenging certain provisions of the EOs President Trump signed May 25. The judge consolidated the various cases and is expected to issue a decision in late August.

Nationwide, NTEU members made their voices heard Tuesday as part of the union's first-ever Tweet Your Elected Officials Day. Hundreds of tweets were sent to lawmakers urging them to oppose the EOs, to support a pay increase for 2019, and to block cuts to earned retirement benefits.

Unions make federal workplaces better for employees and enhance communities that rely on quality public services. NTEU will not stand for any attempt to wipe away federal employee rights and silence our collective voices.

Item 12:

SUMMARY:  Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing to discuss the proposed reorganizations of the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration.

Item 13:

SUMMARY:  Today, legislation has been introduced that seeks to protect existing employee telework arrangements, and to encourage agencies to expand telework offerings and participation.  

Item 14:

SUMMARY: Today, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees released the text of the conference report for the annual defense authorization act, which includes a handful of government-wide personnel provisions and is expected to be passed by both congressional chambers and signed into law by the President over the next few weeks.   


Item 15:

SUMMARY:  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hears testimony from MSPB nominees. (NTEU supports the nomination of Julia Clark to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).



Item 16:

SUMMARY: Today, the House of Representatives approved the FY 2019 Financial Services and General Government and Interior, Environment spending bills which include funding for various NTEU-represented agencies, and government-wide provisions that impact the federal workforce.  



Item 17:

SUMMARY:  Companion bills to existing House anti-employee due process and collective bargaining rights bills are introduced in the Senate.



Item 18:

SUMMARY:  Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing to examine the White House Government Reorganization Recommendations that were released last month. 



Item 19:

SUMMARY:  An update is provided for legislation advanced today by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. This afternoon, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform considered several anti-employee and anti-union bills. All of the bills were advanced favorably out of committee on party line votes.



Item 20:

SUMMARY: Today, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees released the text of the conference report for the annual defense authorization act, which includes a handful of government-wide personnel provisions and is expected to be passed by both congressional chambers and signed into law by the President over the next few weeks.    




Item 21:

SUMMARY:  NTEU is asking all chapters to participate in the NTEU: Our Grassroots is Local campaign — “TWEET YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS DAY.” IT was July 24th, but you can still use the hashtag #PublicServiceDeservesPublicRespect and you can use the NTEU Action Center to tweet your elected officials:




Item 22:

SUMMARY:  A summary is provided for legislation affecting employee due process and collective bargaining rights being considered by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

NTEU is strongly opposing all of these measures, and has sent the attached letter to Committee members in advance of tomorrow’s markup.


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