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07.17.15

Trade Update – Labor Turns its Focus to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

​With Congress having granted President Obama the authority to unilaterally negotiate NAFTA style trade agreements, the labor movement is now focusing its attention on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, which is expected to be voted on in Congress later this year. By all accounts the TPP, which is being negotiated behind closed doors with the help of hundreds of corporate advisors, is shaping up to be a deal that extends substantial new rights to global investors and global companies, while enforcing those new rights in corporate-friendly trade tribunals that will restrict countries and regional governments from acting in the public interest to deal with labor rights, environmental protections, public health, financial regulation, food security, internet freedom, income inequality and climate change.

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07.17.15

Local 12 Prevails in Joint Travel Regulation ULP

As the Navy and the Bremerton Shipyard moved forward with the DOD’s unilaterally implemented policy to cut the travel per diem and lodging expenses of DOD travelers by 25%, Local 12 filed an Unfair Labor Practice challenging the impact and implementation on Local 12 members. Last week, the FLRA issued their decision in favor of Local 12.

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07.10.15

Another 21.5 Million Americans' Personal Information Compromised -- IFPTE Calls for OPM Director to Step Down

President Junemann calls on President Obama to replace the OPM Director with “someone who possesses both a level of technical expertise and the soundness of leadership necessary to lead our nation through this critical situation.”

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07.08.15

Ideological Attacks on Federal Unions Continue in the House

The latest House member to take aim at federal workers is Colorado Congressman Ken Buck, who wants to eliminate official time.

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07.01.15

Local 3 Members Step Up Big in Support of the IFPTE LEAP Year 2016 PAC Program

Local 3 has agreed to participate as a pilot local in the program, which will be unveiled and highlighted at the upcoming IFPTE Convention in July. Local 70 is also participating as a pilot local and is on its way toward signing up 10% of their membership.

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06.24.15

IFPTE Calls on Lawmakers to Step Up Protection for Federal Workers Victimized by Cyber Attack

In letters to federal lawmakers, the OPM and the OMB, IFPTE maintains that “the federal government has an obligation to do far more than has already been done, or has said will be done, to assist federal employees and their families as they navigate through this very difficult situation.”

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06.23.15

Fast Track Passes House, Senate Closes Debate on Fast Track

Although Fast Track legislation was stalled two weeks ago, the Senate passed a cloture motion to end debate with exactly the 60 votes needed on Tuesday, June 23rd. Once signed into law, Fast Track will be in effect for the next 6 years.

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06.22.15

IFPTE President Junemann's Letter to Senate Urges Lawmakers to Oppose Cloture on Fast Track

President Junemann's letter to the Senate describes the numerous ways that Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority is the wrong approach for U.S. trade and economic policy.

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06.10.15

IFPTE President Junemann Urges Congress to "Speak Up for Working Families" & Vote No on Fast Track

Ahead of Friday's scheduled vote on Fast Track, IFPTE reached out to Representatives in the House to tell them Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are a continuation of policies that hurt the U.S. economy and workers while expanding rights for corporations.

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06.04.15
IFPTE Local 160 Files Constitutional Challenge Against Legal Aid Ontario

IFPTE Local 160 Files Constitutional Challenge Against Legal Aid Ontario

Legal Aid lawyers have been working for over 2 years to secure collective bargaining rights via a voluntary recognition agreement (VRA) with Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) through their chosen representative, The Society of Energy Professionals, IFPTE Local 160.

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06.04.15

Hice is still trying to bust the union

Congressman Jody Hice is leading the charge in Congress to bust federal labor unions.

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06.03.15

IFPTE is one of seven unions opposing three bills that would reduce State and Local government services

This week the House Judiciary Committee is meeting to consider three bills that would restrict state and local taxing authority and thereby reduce state/local revenues that help provide services to taxpayers.

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05.14.15

All politics is local, particularly when it comes to NASA

As the House of Representatives moves the fiscal year 2016 NASA funding bill through committee, IFPTE pens a letter to key California lawmakers reminding them that robust funding to science and aeronautics, “are critically important for your constituents.”

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05.14.15

House set to consider the National Defense Authorization Act – IFPTE urges support for Kilmer/Cole amendment

IFPTE sent a letter all House lawmakers asking that they vote in support of the Kilmer/Cole amendment to, “ensure that critical and highly skilled DOD work would continue be safely performed by those who have the experience and proper training to perform the mission…”.

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05.01.15

IFPTE Sounds the Alarm on House NASA Reauthorization Bill

In a letter, IFPTE expresses serious concerns to House Science Committee leaders, saying that the NASA authorization bill "cuts NASA's key Aeronautic and Science missions and neglects the ongoing need to protect NASA's critical workforce from the potential vicissitudes of an unaccountable Executive Branch."

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04.30.15

This is what a Union Buster looks like

Georgia Congressman Jody Hice is leading the charge in Congress to bust federal labor unions, as evidenced by his amendment to eliminate official time at the VA and other government agencies.

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04.29.15

House Armed Services Committee set to consider FY16 National Defense Authorization Act – IFPTE weighs in

IFPTE sent a letter today to defense authorizers in support of amendments that would reverse DOD travel per diem and lodging cuts, and ensure for a fair and efficient contracting out policy at DOD, among others.

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04.24.15

IFPTE joins with 28 other Federal-Postal Coalition organizations telling budget negotiators that, "enough is enough"

Signed by 29 organizations in response to Senate and House budgets that, among other things, targets federal employ pay, pensions and TSP savings, the Federal Postal Coalition sent a letter this week to budget conferees warning them that the attacks on federal workers is, "driving our best and brightest away from public service."

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04.22.15

Senate and House committees set to consider Fast Track 2015 legislation

IFPTE urged the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees to vote NO on Fast Track, telling them that, "by voting down Fast Track, Congress can speak up for the interests of working families, and make a statement that an open and accountable political process is a better way to set trade policy."

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04.17.15

Junemann reappointed to the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FASOSH)

This week IFPTE President, Greg Junemann was appointed to the FACOSH Council.

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