Improving federal pay is our top priority. Federal workers have already done more than their fair share to reduce the federal deficit by contributing billions of dollars through the three-year pay freeze and making other sacrifices. On Capitol Hill and in the media, NTEU continues to support locality pay and make a strong case that federal pay lags behind private-sector pay.
We also make sure federal employees receive proper overtime compensation and have won millions in back pay for federal employees denied their rightful pay. Not afraid to take on anyone, NTEU won $533 million in back pay after President Nixon deferred the 1972 federal pay raise for three months.
NTEU has always fought for a well-funded and secure retirement system for federal employees who have spent their careers devoted to public service. We worked closely with Congress to create the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), which covers those hired after 1984. The FERS legislation also established the federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), modeled after private-sector 401(k) plans. Since the TSP’s inception, NTEU has fought to improve it and expand investment options available to federal employees.
NTEU also is a fierce defender of federal-employee retirement benefits and fights repeated efforts on Capitol Hill to gut them. We have successfully fought against proposals to weaken FERS by changing benefit formulas and ending the annuity portion, and are urging Congress to eliminate higher employee pension contributions for new hires.
For decades, we have been working to help federal employees balance their workloads with their needs at home. NTEU was the only federal union that worked with Congress to pass legislation granting agencies broad discretion to establish alternative work schedules (AWS). We built on that achievement at the bargaining table by successfully negotiating AWS programs at NTEU-represented agencies. Over the years, NTEU has expanded AWS programs to provide more scheduling flexibility and open eligibility to more employees.
We also advocate for expanding telework and eliminating agency roadblocks to its effective use.
For employees who need extra time off the job to care for a family member or themselves, NTEU was a strong supporter of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Today, we work to educate employees about the provisions of the law and are working tirelessly to accomplish the next step—paid parental leave (Readmore)
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