Changes to the DHS Update
In a few weeks NTEU will launch a new updated electronic newsletter solely for its members, and the DHS Update will be phased out. The newsletter will have a new name and a new look but will still provide NTEU members at CBP with the important workplace news they have come to expect from NTEU.
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NTEU Helps Sort Through Open Season Choices
Federal employees have some decisions to make and NTEU can help.
Now that the annual Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) open season is here, NTEU members get free access to the Consumer Checkbook’s Online Guide.
This online guide is an innovative way to obtain reliable, useful information about the many health plans available under the FEHBP and make fast, easy, personalized plan comparisons. The guide compares and ranks plans based on total costs including premiums and estimated out-of-pocket costs (e.g., deductibles, co-payments, and prescription drugs); and on the yearly maximum that an enrollee could possibly have to pay out-of-pocket.
The guide will also offer comparisons of the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) plans available to federal employees. Members will be able to compare plan costs, review quality ratings, consider plan features, and gauge plan flexibility on issues like choice of doctors and other factors.
“This online tool is easy to use and can really help enrollees sort through all the available plans, options and costs and make an informed decision about health insurance that really works for themselves and their families,” said President Colleen M. Kelley. Go now
to See 3.7 Percent Hike in in 2014
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced an average increase of 3.7 percent in 2014 health premiums for federal employees and retirees.
“Higher health premiums are yet another financial hardship for federal employees and retirees in these tough economic times,” said NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley. “Any increase in premiums places an undue burden on federal employees given the freeze on federal pay, unpaid furloughs and now the threat of a government shutdown.”
In announcing the 2014 premium rates for plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), OPM also announced that program participants will be able to choose from 256 health plans choices next year. More
Arbitrator Says CBP Reassignment Practices Violate Contract
\An arbitrator has determined that CBP violated the NTEU contract by reassigning employees out of their assigned work units. To remedy the violation, the arbitrator ordered the agency to pay impacted employees back pay. CBP is likely to appeal this ruling.
“NTEU will continue to hold CBP accountable for its violations of the contract,” said President Colleen M. Kelley. “While I am pleased at yet another arbitration victory involving overtime and assignment practices, I am very disappointed that NTEU is forced to pursue litigation to uphold the contract and the law. I am also disappointed CBP’s leadership continues to resist settling these issues and working with NTEU on a more productive relationship.”
In an unsatisfactory part of the decision, the arbitrator has permitted CBP to unilaterally renegotiate the bid and rotation provision to let the agency assign employees to combined, or blended, work units. NTEU continues to review this specific aspect of the decision and will evaluate whether to appeal.