Regarding proposed changes to federal retirement benefits— Read the letter from various Senators to the Senate leadership. Read the letter from various House members to the Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
September 2017 Update
As we wind down the FY, here is an update on a number of matters. Federal Legislative Update —FY 2018 Federal Budget and USPTO Operations Earlier this month a bill was signed to fund the federal government through Dec. 8, 2017. Additional legislation is required to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year… Continue reading September 2017 Update
Friedman Earns Lifetime Achievement Award
Howard Friedman, President of the Trademark Society, NTEU Chapter 25 at the PTO, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Federal Labor & Employee Relations Professionals. From left to right, SFLERP Second Vice-President Michael Fischetti, Mr. Friedman, and FirstVice-President May Silverstein. At the 44th annual Symposium of the Society of Federal Labor &… Continue reading Friedman Earns Lifetime Achievement Award
June 2016 Update
June 2016 update on various matters. A. TMNG NTEU 245 has several members currently Beta Testing TMNG and working with the Office to address defects and to improve the user interface and functions. We anticipate that this will continue for some time. NTEU 245 is committed to making sure that the TMNG is not deployed… Continue reading June 2016 Update
NTEU 245 VP: Looking to the Year Ahead
As we all look back on the past year, certainly it has been an interesting one. As many of our colleagues both inside and outside of the agency have said, what we do here at the USPTO matters to people and the economy. IT challenges continue as many of us experience intermittent problems with X-Search,… Continue reading NTEU 245 VP: Looking to the Year Ahead
A Few Matters
Possible Shutdown The attachments from NTEU National provide an update on agency preparations for a possible government shutdown. NTEU 245 raised this issue at the PTO labor management forum last Wednesday and I also met with PTO Congressional Affairs. While anything can happen and stranger things have—it is my understanding that the PTO would remain… Continue reading A Few Matters
Congress Passes Omnibus Appropriations and Tax Measure
Click here to ready about Congress’ actions that affect the federal workforce.
NTEU on Shared Services Initiative
Click here to read the NTEU National President’s letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary about the Shared Services Initiative.
Executive Order Implementing 2016 Pay Raise
Click here to read the President Obama’s Executive Order regarding pay raises for federal workers.
Update on FY2016 from our Executive Board
Hello everyone! Happy New Fiscal Year. Although the year has just begun, an issue of concern has already arisen, and the NTEU 245 Executive Board wants keep you informed as to our activities on your behalf. A. Mandatory In-Person Spring Training 2016 You may recall that on Friday last week, the Office sent out a… Continue reading Update on FY2016 from our Executive Board