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05.20.16

Sorscher and Shuler Discuss H-1B Visas and the Paradigm Shift in Hiring and Employment

The AFL-CIO hosted a discussion this week in the heart of Silicon Valley focusing on the changes in the employment relationship between employers and society.

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05.20.16

Local 4’s Mark Nelson Visits Capitol Hill this Week as Senator Ayotte and Representative Kilmer Lead the Way in Congress on Bringing Pentagon's Damaging Travel Policy to an End

Among the staffers Nelson met with were those of Maine Senator Susan Collins, who has expressed strong concerns about the impact the cuts are having on employees and on military readiness.

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05.20.16

IFPTE Responds to Representative Mark Takai’s Retirement from Congress

IFPTE notes that the Congressman “has not only been our biggest advocate on Capitol Hill, but he is also one of us – a true unionist fighting for working people each and every day.”

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05.16.16

Panel Discussion in Silicon Valley to Highlight Need for Good Jobs for a Diverse, Skilled Workforce

SPEEA/Local 2001's Stan Sorscher will participate in an event, which will focus on the stark realities that have emerged as a result of current hiring and employment models in Silicon Valley.

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05.13.16

IFPTE Local 160 Pledges $10K to Humanitarian Relief Effort

In a show of solidarity with people driven from their homes by wild fires in Fort McMurray, a city located in Canada’s northern Alberta region, IFPTE Local 160 pledged $10,000 to humanitarian relief efforts.

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05.12.16

Zahm Testifies About SSA's Efforts to Erode Due Process Rights and Judicial Independence

Judge Marilyn Zahm testified before a Senate Subcommittee about the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) policy to shift tens of thousands of cases from being heard by independent Administrative Law Judges to Attorney Examiners/Administrative Appeals Judges.

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05.10.16

Local 161 Reaches Tentative Agreement with MTS

The Negotiating Committee reached a tentative agreement with MTS, with both sides making significant movement on their respective proposals to reach a deal.

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05.08.16

Over IFPTE's Objections, TVA Pension Cut Proposal Moves Forward

Despite IFPTE's efforts, led by Gay Henson, IFPTE Local 1937 President/Eastern Federal Area Vice President, to slow down the plan by TVA to cut worker and retiree pensions, the TVARS board narrowly approved the plan this week.

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05.06.16

AALJ/Judicial Council 1 President Marilyn Zahm Visits Capitol Hill

Judge Marilyn Zahm visited key lawmakers about the Social Security Administration’s attempt to deny tens of thousands of American’s their due process rights through the SSA adjudicatory process. Next week, Judge Zahm will testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management.

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05.06.16

Keeping our eyes on TPP: Ahead of Mother’s Day, Pregnant Mom Discusses TPP Food Safety Concerns in New AFL-CIO Trade Video

“American families deserve to know that the food on their dinner tables is safe,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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04.29.16

President Obama Recognizes Public Service Recognition Week

In advance of next week’s national Public Service Recognition Week, President Obama issued a proclamation thanking government workers for their service to their nation and communities.

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04.27.16
98% Strike Vote Bolsters Local 160 Bargaining at Toronto Hydro

98% Strike Vote Bolsters Local 160 Bargaining at Toronto Hydro

Following a 98% strike vote, Local 160’s Toronto Hydro Local held information pickets at three sites on April 21 to call attention to the concessionary demands it is facing at the bargaining table.

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04.27.16

Congressman Mark Takai Leads the Fight to End DoDs Damaging Employee, Military Long Term Travel Per Diem Cuts

Led by Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai, the House Armed Services Committee agreed last night to accept Rep. Takai’s legislation to repeal the DOD cuts to employee and military per diems and lodging expenses for long term travel.

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04.26.16

IFPTE Weights In with House Armed Services Committee on the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act

Before House defense authorizers marked up the FY17 NDAA, IFPTE sent a letter to lawmakers asking them to support amendments to repeal the DoD's employee and military travel per diems and lodging cuts for long term travel.

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04.20.16

IFPTE Local 161 Receives Notice of Termination of the Collective Agreement from MTS

At the start of the first meeting with the Conciliator, MTS served Notice of Termination of the Collective Agreement.

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04.19.16

Stagno Speaks at Ceremony of Bombing at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building

Judge Linda Stagno spoke at a memorial ceremony on April 19th, the 21st anniversary of the bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

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04.19.16

IFPTE and AFGE NASA Members Score a Legislative Victory

Following weeks of meetings by leaders of several of IFPTE’s five NASA Locals, IFPTE scored a legislative victory with the inclusion of union supported legislative language into the Senate’s FY17 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) appropriations bill.

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04.18.16
Workers Memorial Day is April 28th

Workers Memorial Day is April 28th

Trade unionists around the globe are observing Workers Memorial Day and events will be held in communities and workplaces across the country.

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04.16.16

Central States Council Spring Meeting Discusses Future of Public Unions

The bi-annual IFPTE Central States Council meeting took place last Saturday. In addition to the reports from the IFPTE Locals from the Midwest a broad discussion took place on the challenges that are facing public employees.

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04.15.16

Local 20 Attendees Reflect on IFPTE's 2016 Legislative Advocacy Conference

By all accounts, IFPTE"s 2016 Legislative Advocacy Conference proved to be beneficial to the members who were in attendance.

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