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Federal Unions and Employee Group News

WEP reform on hearing agenda

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) at a hearing this week touted legislation he introduced last year to reform the Windfall Elimination Provision.

Law's author says OPM guidance fails to make the grade

The sponsor of the bill behind a new law that allows temporary seasonal federal employees to compete for vacant permanent positions in the federal land management workforce last week said that the government has failed to properly implement the measure.

NTEU leader discusses top tasks in year ahead

This week, FEND offers an installment in our occasional series of interviews with the leaders of federal labor groups and organizations to review their top priorities in the months ahead. This week, FEND’s Nathan Abse talked to National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon, who took office last year, to explore his thoughts on the union’s current activities and plans.

Defective methane detection worries USPS workers

A faulty methane detection system at the U.S. Postal Service’s Metroplex Processing and Distribution Center in Pontiac, Mich., has raised health concerns amid deaths of several workers at the facilit

Union cheers FAA bill without privatization measure

The union that represents systems specialists and inspectors at the Federal Aviation Administration applauded the Senate version of the FAA reauthorization bill that does not include language to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system.

AFSA urges pay change for overseas Foreign Service

The American Foreign Service Association praised congressional testimony by a State Department official who appealed to lawmakers to change the way pay is calculated for Foreign Service officers posted overseas.

NFFE urges Obama to intercede on ‘flawed’ OPM guidance

The National Federation of Federal Employees called on the White House to address what the group maintains is a misapplication by the Office of Personnel Management of a new law intended to provide long-serving, temporary seasonal employees with the same career advancement opportunities available to other federal employees.

Rail shutdown forces some D.C.-area feds to take leave or telework

The Officer of Personnel Management on March 16 gave federal employees in the Washington area the option to take unscheduled leave or perform unscheduled telework due to a shutdown of region’s Metrorail system.

NARFE urges panel not to target feds again

The president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association urged the House Budget Committee to keep its hands off federal employee pay and benefits in its March 16 markup of its fiscal 2017 budget resolution.

Survey of VA execs: Main issue is frustration, not money

The Senior Executives Association released highlights of a survey of 236 current and former Department of Veterans Affairs senior executives and professionals to gauge their reaction to a proposal that would move them into a system with different appointment, compensation, performance management, and accountability rules.

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