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The deadline for the Union Plus Scholarship is January 31, 2019

Are you or someone you know in need of scholarship money? Don’t miss your chance to apply for the 2019 Union Plus Scholarship!

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IFPTE warns Senate that without considering the spending bills to re-open government, "this will quickly become its shutdown as well."

"The Senate cannot be passive, waiting for permission from the President to do its job," wrote IFPTE leaders to Senate Majority, Mitch McConnell.

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Shearon: Federal Shutdown Creates Long-Term Damage to Workers, Agencies

“Reports to our union suggest that even if the shutdown ends this week, the damage to federal agencies and their work on behalf of the American people will not be quickly repaired,” Professional and Technical Engineers President Paul Shearon says.

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Statement by IFPTE President Paul Shearon on How the Goverment Shutdown Has Created Long-Term Damage to Federal Agencies and Workers

The Trump shutdown is creating long-term damage to federal agencies and harming the dedicated federal employees and their families who are going without pay.

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IFPTE urges swift passage of legislation to reopen government agencies

IFPTE leaders applauded, “the incoming House Democratic majority, and Senate Democratic Leader Schumer, for their plan to put workers ahead of politics by moving swiftly later this week in putting a bill before the Congress to re-open federal government agencies and send locked-out federal workers, including more than ten thousand IFPTE represented employees, back to work.”

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Local 164 Elects New Executive

Members of Local 164 gathered together in December to elect a new local executive and IFPTE's Canadian Area Vice-President, Scott Travers, was present to oversee the election.

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Unnecessary Burden Placed on Highly-Skilled Professionals Employed in the Federal Government Due to the Shutdown

"The president falsely claims that “many” federal workers support the shutdown and have told him to “stay out.” We have not heard from a single member who supports the president’s inaction. Most view this as an act of ineptitude."

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IFPTE tells Congress it’s up to them, "not the Administration" to end the government shutdown

In the Christmas Eve letter to all House and Senate members, IFPTE writes that, "middle-income public servants and their families face an uncertain holiday season with no compensation…”.

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IFPTE Makes Eleventh Hour Bid for 2019 Federal Pay Raise

As Congress and the White House continue to negotiate an end of the year government funding measure, IFPTE urges Congressional leadership to ensure, “that the men and women who work hard every day in the trenches to deliver excellence for the taxpayer not be harmed by the political turmoil in Washington.”

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IFPTE Mourns the Loss of Brother Carl Merchant

Brother Carl Merchant, Valley-Wide Secretary for the Engineering Association (EA/IFPTE Local 1937), passed away.

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IFPTE Remembers The Victims of Sandy Hook, Including IFPTE Local 136-13 Member Anne Marie Murphy

Today, December 14th, is the six-year anniversary of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 26 people were killed. Among the victims, which included young children and their educators, was IFPTE Local 136-13 member, Anne Marie Murphy, who was a paraeducator at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Government Shutdown? IFPTE Urges Support for Cardin Retroactive Federal Pay Bill

In a letter to all Senate lawmakers, IFPTE wrote that, “middle-income workers should not have to lose pay due to a government shutdown caused by the inability of lawmakers to do their most fundamental job – fund the government.”

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SPEEA's Veterans Committee Steps Up to Help Veterans in Need of Fully Trained Service Dogs

SPEEA (IFPTE Local 2001) Veterans Committee agreed to join an effort to provide funds to assist disabled Veterans in need of trained service dogs. The SPEEA-provided resources will be used for shipping costs related to the building of a Simulated Aircraft Structure at the Southeastern Guide Dogs training facility in Florida.

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SPEEA Wins Two Awards at the ILCA 2018 Labor Media Awards

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA/IFPTE Local 2001) won two awards at the ILCA's 2018 Labor Media Awards luncheon held in Washington, DC at the AFL-CIO on December 7th.

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Race to the Bottom Trade Deals: Sorscher's Latest Column in The Stand Provides a Sobering Perspective

Sorscher writes, “In the 20-plus years since NAFTA, our establishment policymakers decided millions of workers in the U.S. and Mexico should run a race to the bottom. Now they are telling us our way of life is in decline, but “it’s OK,” because we can get T-shirts on sale at JC Penney’s for $7, and workers in Mexico can get cheap corn.”

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LAO Lawyers Reached Tentative Agreement

Following many months of work at the negotiating table, the Legal Aid Ontario Lawyers’ bargaining unit reached a tentative deal on their first collective agreement.

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McBride Testifies Before New Jersey Legislature

IFPTE Local 196 President, Sean McBride, accepted an invitation to testify before the New Jersey General Assembly’s Transportation Committee in support of legislation to put in place strong worker protections for public employees working on the State’s highways.

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Thomas Appointed to IFPTE's International Women's Committee

IFPTE’s executive officers appointed IFPTE Local 195 Unit Vice President, Sherry Thomas, to IFPTE’s Women’s Solidarity Network, calling her, “skilled and knowledgeable, always representing the best interest of the members of the Union.”

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Statement of NYC Bar Association Concerning the Independence of Veterans Law Judges and Immigration Judges

New York City Bar Association voices its support for an Article I Immigration Court and other reforms in the immigration judicial system and supports similar reforms for administrative law judges at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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As December 7 Funding Deadline Looms, IFPTE Calls on Congress to Pass Outstanding FY19 Spending Bills

In a letter to House and Senate leadership, IFPTE urged Congress, “to work in a bipartisan way toward approving a fiscally responsible spending package that is fair to both taxpayers and the millions of employees who provide those taxpayer services.”

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