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NTEU CHAPTER 105

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Chapter 105 represents U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations, Border Patrol and Air & Marine employees across the San Diego area covering six ports of entry as well as several satellite locations.

 

We represent uniformed Officers, Agriculture Inspectors, and non-uniformed employees.

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New Data Suggests the Federal Pay Gap With the Private Sector Is Widening

 

New data presented at a meeting of the Federal Salary Council last week indicates that the gap between the wages of federal employees and their private sector counterparts is once again widening.

In recent years, data comparing federal government and private sector compensation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics had indicated that the gap has slowly trended downward, with federal workers earning 22.47% less on average than private sector workers in similar jobs in 2021. But this year, the pay disparity spiked to 24.09%.

National Treasury Employees Union National President Tony Reardon cited the new data as further evidence that President Biden should implement a larger pay raise than the 4.6% average pay increase he has proposed for next year. NTEU and other federal employee unions prefer a proposal from Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., that would grant a 5.1% average pay raise to federal employees in 2023, although Congress has thus far declined to adopt the measure in fiscal 2023 appropriations negotiations.

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Reardon Testifies about Staffing Shortages at Ports of Entry

Washington D.C. – Persistent staffing shortages and the global pandemic are taking a toll on the frontline Customs and Border Protection employees who work at the nation’s ports of entry, NTEU National President Tony Reardon told Congress today. 

 

 

“Improving security, trade, and travel, and ensuring the safest possible working environment for CBP personnel at all ports of entry, including the nation’s seaports, are of paramount importance to our members, especially during the recent COVID-19 crisis,” Reardon said. 

 

 

Reardon testified before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation and Operations in a hearing to assess the state of America’s seaports. In many cases, workload at the seaports has increased while staffing levels have suffered.

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Federal Employees Face Increased Costs for Health Insurance

Washington D.C. – Federal employees and retirees on average will pay 8.7 percent more for health insurance in 2023, according to data released Friday about the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. 

“These premium increases may be similar to those expected by other large employers in the private sector, but they will still cause sticker shock for federal employees,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon. “NTEU encourages our members to prepare for price increases and use the upcoming open enrollment season to evaluate all of their options to decide which plan is best for themselves and their families.”  

 

With 271 plan options, enrollees in every area of the country have multiple choices with varying coverage options and pricing levels, which is why the Office of Personnel Management encourages federal employees to use the opportunity to comparison shop. 

 

Open season for federal employees to re-enroll or change their health insurance for next year starts Nov. 14 and goes through Dec. 12. 

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Biden signs continuing resolution into law averting government shutdown, FDA furloughs

Peresident Joe Biden signed a short-term continuing resolution bill into law on Friday, averting a partial government shutdown

The House passed the bill earlier in the afternoon.

The Senate passed the CR on Thursday after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) agreed to drop a provision in an earlier version of the CR that would streamline the permitting process for energy projects.

The bill funds the federal government through Dec. 16 and gives Congress more time to work out a comprehensive spending package for the rest of fiscal 2023.

The continuing resolution funds most federal agencies at current levels through mid-December, but provides additional funding to several agencies and programs.

The CR includes a reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration’s user fee agreements for an additional five years. That provision will prevent the agency from having to furlough more than 3,500 employees who work on approving drug and medical device applications.

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