At a markup meeting on March 1, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a bill introduced by Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) that would require the Office of Personnel Management to submit yearly governmentwide reports on the practice of official time, which is paid time off for workers to represent their union.
The National Treasury Employees Union says the upcoming 2016 election could be the most important one for federal employees yet. NTEU National President Tony Reardon is calling on his members to organize, rally for change and vote for the representatives who will protect their federal pay, benefits and collective bargaining rights.
Two Democratic House leaders and the largest federal employee union are leading the charge on a bill to give Transportation Security Administration airport screeners better pay, benefits and workplace protections.
When unions representing federal workers endorse a presidential candidate, are they helping or hurting their members? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it’s a tough call.
In a slew of letters addressed to 26 agency leaders, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Subcommittee on Governmental Operations Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) want to know how many government employees carry out official time functions during the workday.
Legislation to boost federal workers’ pay by 5.3 percent is set to be introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) The bill comes after President Barack Obama proposed a 1.6 percent increase in his fiscal 2017 budget.
The American Federation of Government Employees, along with some members of Congress, said a 5.3 percent pay raise for civilian and military personnel isn’t out of the question in 2017, after six years of nearly stagnant wages.
Democrats and Republicans both agree the Postal Service needs congressional help to better its budget, but getting there is a tougher problem.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) is expected to introduce the Federal Employee Rights Act. The bill would prohibit agencies from deducting labor union dues from federal employees’ paychecks. It would also change the way votes are counted among employees in a unit who are deciding whether to join a union.
Administration officials confirmed the raise would be included in the President’s fiscal 2017 budget, which is due out on Feb. 9.
David Girard is serving as lead counsel for the class-action lawsuit filed by AFGE, on behalf of millions of former and current federal employees impacted by the OPM data breach.
In its 2015 annual report, the National Taxpayer Advocate warns that the Internal Revenue Service could jeopardize customer service and taxpayer compliance if it makes certain changes to how it handles communication, information and processing.
Marc Beskin, an NTEU chapter president, says things were often bad for feds in the good old days, but at least feds didn’t have to disguise where they worked.
President Barack Obama on Friday signed an Executive Order authorizing a 1.3 percent pay raise.
The omnibus spending bill includes money for the FBI’s new headquarters, 10 years of credit monitoring services for OPM breach victims and much more for federal employees.