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      AFGE supports reviving federal labor-management partnerships

      New law would revive panels disbanded by President Trump WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees fully supports legislation introduced in the House and Senate that would establish in law a national council overseeing labor-management relations in federal agencies.
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      11 Facts About Family and Medical Leave You May Not Know

      Twenty-five years ago on Feb. 5, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed into law one of the most important pieces of legislation for working families – the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
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      Fact Checking Trump’s SOTU Claims About Federal Employees

      President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address on Jan. 30, making several claims about federal employees that raised eyebrows. We fact-checked his speech below and set the record straight.  1. “Last year, the Congress passed, and I signed, the landmark VA Accountability Act.
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      From Craig to Hayden, local veteran walks to raise PTSD ...

      Courtesy Photo Will Montgomery, left, and Tracy Santistevan, right, arrive at the Yampa Valley Brewing Company in Hayden Saturday afternoon after walking 17.5 miles from the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Craig.
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      FACT SHEET: Administration Cybersecurity Efforts 2015

      THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2015 FACT SHEET: Administration Cybersecurity Efforts 2015 From the beginning of his Administration, the President has made it clear that cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges we face as a Nation.  In response, the U.S.
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      Union opposes cuts to Federal Retirement Benefits Union opposes cuts to Federal Employee Retirement Benefits (both FERS and CSRS) as proposed under the President's FY 2018 Budget.
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      An emergency leave transfer program has been set up for federal employees impacted by the severe storms and flooding in southern Louisiana.   The attachments to this e-mail are the memo from President Obama authorizing this leave donation program and the other is from OPM with information for agencies on setting up this leave donation program.
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      If you’re one of the 20 million or so people whose Social Security numbers and other sensitive information was stolen last year in the massive government data breach, you’re receiving some extra protection. 

      As of June 1, every affected person has $5 million in identify theft insurance, up from $1 million that was initially offered, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced on June 24. In addition, OPM is working on extending credit monitoring and identity protection services for 10 years, an increase from their initial offer of between 18 months and 3 years. 

      Late last year, Congress told OPM to increase the theft insurance and credit monitoring protection.  AFGE had argued for months that the protections initially offered by OPM were not enough to address the severity of the security breaches, and Congress passed a measure authored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland that ramped up the protections. 

      OPM also is sending a second round of notices to individuals who were affected by the breach into background investigation files but did not receive the initial notification. About 10% of the initial mailings were returned due to bad addresses, OPM said.  

      To enroll in the identity theft protection and credit monitoring services, or to read answers to frequently asked questions, visit www.opm.gov/cybersecurity.  

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      The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 625,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

      Dear DOL Colleagues,   I am writing to provide you an update on the recent cyber incidents at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). As we have recently shared, on June 4, OPM announced an intrusion impacting personnel information of approximately four million current and former Federal employees.
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      Attached are the documents the Department used in a conference call with the three DOL union presidents late today. Please share, I will forward any additional information I receive. The NCFLL has requested bargaining over this matter.  Will need better idea of how much damage before going to the bargaining table.
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      Today, the House of Representatives is mounting an attack on collective bargaining and official time. We need you to call 844-913-7574 RIGHT NOW and tell them: stop attacking my union rights! This amendment would eliminate the ability of federal employees to represent all of their coworkers (those who pay dues and those who don’t) while in an official duty status.
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      AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO AUGUST 2014 SUMMARY The Department of Labor is integrating the information technology (IT) infrastructure of two sub-agencies - its Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Employment Training Administration (ETA) - into the agency’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).
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      I am writing to you today to ask for your help.  As you may already know the Department is involved with IT consolidation.  This process began back in 2011.  Up to this point the IT work being consolidated was all performed by federal contractors.
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      Hires Contractors to perform IT work at multiple agencies

      The Department of Labor is contracting out information technology (IT) functions performed by federal employees in the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Employment Training Administration (ETA). It is the NCFLL's understanding that this contract will eventually result in the privatization of IT functions in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA).

      DOL has acknowledged in writing that it is privatizing work performed by its own employees, in direct contradiction to the law. OMB Circular A-11, which provides guidance for implementation of the law states:

      “Pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 1710 and 10 U.S.C. 2461, agencies are precluded from converting, in whole or in part, functions performed by federal employees to contract performance absent a public-private competition (a practice known as “direct conversion”). The conversion of work from in-house to private sector performance may only occur through public-private competition. Appropriations acts since 2009, however, have prohibited agencies from using funds to “begin or announce a study or public-private competition regarding the conversion to contractor performance of any function performed by Federal employees pursuant to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 or any other administrative regulation, directive, or policy.”

      In other words, work designated for performance by federal employees cannot be converted to contractor performance without first conducting a cost comparison process that is consistent with the law.

      NCFLL-AFGE members are proud to work for DOL, and we believe our agency is vital to our nation's workers. We must stop this illegal privatization, write to your elected representative urging them to tell Secretary Perez to reverse this illegal privatization.

      Click here to download a sample letter to your representative.

      View letter from AFGE President Cox to DOL Secretary Perez

      View letter from AFGE President Cox to OMB Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert

      The Executive Board of the National Council of Field Labor Locals (NCFLL) is composed of eleven national officers. The Executive Board negotiates and enforces the national Agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The Executive Board also meets regularly with USDOL management to consult on issues relevant to administration of the Agreement and to conduct mid-term bargaining.
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