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08.22.19

IFPTE/NAIJ Calls for Immediate Action after Department of Justice Circulates Racist, Antisemitic Attacks against U.S. Immigration Judges

On behalf of NAIJ, Judge Tabaddor has also responded in writing to EOIR Director James McHenry. A copy of her letter is available here.

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08.12.19

Trump Administration Seeks to Silence Federal Immigration Judges' Union

On Friday, August 9, the U.S. Department of Justice filed legal documents with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) seeking to eliminate the rights of federal Immigration Judges (IJs) to be represented by a union. The petition filed by the administration asserts that IJs are “management officials” who formulate and advance policy.

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08.06.19

IFPTE Joins 20 FWA Labor Organizations in Urging the Senate to Reject Catherine Bird for FLRA General Counsel

The Federal Workers Alliance unions warned Senators that Bird, who is one of the federal government’s most notorious union busters, “is not the impartial and unbiased counselor required to lead at the FLRA.”

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08.01.19

IFPTE Asks Senators to Support Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

The bipartisan bill reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank for 10 years, creates a process to keep the Bank operational if Congress fails to confirm Board members, and increases the Bank’s exposure cap so it can support U.S. exports and jobs and help U.S. export producers compete globally.

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08.01.19

IFPTE, AALJs Applaud the Cantwell/Collins ALJ Competitive Service Restoration Act

The Cantwell/Collins bill, which serves as the Senate companion to HR 2429 introduced by Rep. Cummings on May 1st, seeks to overturn Executive Order 13843 which would politicize the hiring of federal Administrative Law Judges (ALJs).

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07.31.19

"Together We Are Setting Trends and Standing Up for Public Services Around the Bay" - Local 21 Bargaining in Full Swing

As Local 21 members and staff continues to bargain multiple contracts throughout the Bay Area, the Local informs members that, “Bargaining is an important part of what we do as a union, because it is a time where we demand justice for ourselves and our communities.

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07.25.19

SUP Members Express Concerns About Ford Government at President's Meetings

Society of United Professionals President, Scott Travers, has been travelling throughout Ontario to meet with SUP members about the critical issues in their workplace, communities and the province.

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07.25.19

Led by Senator Cardin, 47 Senators Step Up In Support of IFPTE Judicial Council 1, AFGE and NTEU Represented Workers

Senator Cardin and 47 Senators show their support for AALJ/IFPTE Judicial Council 1, AFGE and NTEU workers employed at the Social Security Administration.

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07.24.19

SOLIDARITY ALERT: SPEEA President Steps Up In Support of Federal Workers

Joel Funfar, president of SPEEA/IFPTE Local 2001 and an IFPTE Vice President, penned a letter in the latest SPEEA newsletter discussing how workers' rights are being stripped away by the current administration.

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07.20.19

Local 195's "Michael Scorzetti, Jr. Fun Under the Sun" Member Picnic is a Huge Success

IFPTE Local 195's annual member picnic, dubbed “Local 195’s Michael Scorzetti Jr.s Fun Under the Sun Outing”, was held on July 13th in New Jersey and was attended by thousands of Local 195 members and their families.

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07.19.19

Willowdale Community Legal Services Workers Join The Society

Employees of Willowdale Community Legal Services (WCS) employees unanimously voted to join the Society of United Professionals, IFPTE Local 160, thereby joining existing SUP members from Legal Aid Ontario and the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic in the campaign to stop legal aid cuts.

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07.19.19

AALJ Legislative Chair, Judge Gabrielle Vitellio, On Capitol Hill

IFPTE legislative staff joined Judge Vitellio for House and Senate visits this week seeking support for legislative issues facing Judicial Council 1/AALJ.

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07.19.19

IFPTE Applauds Senator Ron Wyden, Representative John Larson and Other Key Lawmakers for Standing Up for SSA’s Unions

This week Senate Finance Committee Ranking Senator, Ron Wyden (D, OR) and House Social Security Subcommittee Chairman, John Larson (D, CT) lead a sign-on letter to newly minted SSA Commissioner, Andrew Saul, urging him to...

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07.16.19

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Union Busting

IFPTE President Shearon responded to today’s decision, noting that, “When you treat essential public servants as second-class citizens – and allow bosses to fire, demote or transfer them based on cronyism or political favors – the result will be second-class service to the American people.”

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07.15.19

Twenty-three FWA Unions Call on Congress to Repeal Cadillac Tax

IFPTE was one of the unions signing the Federal Workers Alliance letter urging House members to, “vote yes to approve H.R. 748 and thereby provide permanent relief from the 40% tax to working families and retirees.”

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07.12.19

House NDAA Support Both Our Military and Civilian Personnel, Kilmer Leads the Way in Fixing APP Program

As the House is set to consider the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, IFPTE informs House members that the bill, “both protects and maintains a strong national defense while also recognizing the incredible contribution of the highly skilled civilian workforce that supports our uniformed service members.”

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07.11.19

IFPTE Calls On Congress to Permanently Repeal the Healthcare Excise Tax

In anticipation of House consideration in the coming weeks of H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act, IFPTE warns lawmakers that, “If the excise tax is allowed to take effect, it will further burden working families instead of addressing the factors that continue to drive the cost of health care.”

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06.28.19

Cabinet Shuffle Brings Opportuity for Reset on Unpopular Legal Aid Cuts in Ontario, SUP Weighs-In

“It’s not too late to do the right thing and reverse these catastrophic cuts that are hurting vulnerable Ontarians and going to cost the public more both immediately as well as in the longer term,” said Society of United Professionals’ Legal Aid Ontario Lawyers’ Local spokesperson Dana Fisher.

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06.27.19

House Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Bill Falls Short

In anticipation of a House Financial Services Committee mark-up of a 7-year reauthorization bill, IFPTE alerts committee members that the bill could, “worsen the U.S. trade deficit with China, and likely drive Chinese enterprises to seek export financing from other countries to purchase high-value products.”

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06.26.19

IFPTE Urges House to Pass 3.1% Fed Pay Raise, Block OPM-GSA Merger

IFPTE sent a letter to the House endorsing the 3.1% federal pay raise and defunding of any dismantling of OPM. The bill passed by a vote of 224 to 196.

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