NTEU Chapter 224
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  • About Us
    Jul 07, 2014

    Welcome to NTEU Chapter 224's Website! Our Chapter is committed to ongoing communication and education of our bargaining unit. We are developing this website as an ongoing source of information to inform SSA/ODAR/OCALJ professionals in our bargaining unit.  We want to help each of you develop the tools to have the best career possible in SSA ODAR. 

    If you are a member, you will notice you have greater access to our informational resources. If you are not a member, we strongly encourage you to join -- the simple truth of the matter is that our ability to serve the bargaining unit is based directly on our membership.  If you have any doubts about joining, contact an NTEU leader at our Officers and Stewards tab.  We are glad to discuss any concerns.  You are NTEU Chapter 224

    What has NTEU done for you?  Throughout the years, NTEU has obtained a variety of benefits for the employees we represent, and which most of you enjoy today, such as telework (now 4 days for many employees), alternative work schedules, credit hours (plus credit hours on telework), flexible work schedules, awards, administrative leave for CLEs, and religious compensatory time.  We have challenged unfair numeric metrics and continue to fight DWPI. 

    Chapter 224 does not have a representative physically located in every office.  The website includes a list of Chapter 224 Officers, Stewards, and Representatives (Officers and Stewards tab, above).  We are a phone call or email away.

    So what are you waiting for?  Please, go and explore the Chapter 224 website.  Email a representative or steward in your area and tell him or her what is important to you in your career.  Join NTEU, if you haven't already.  Share with us what's on your mind.  We are NTEU Chapter 224!

    Download: By-Laws NTEU Chapter 224.pdf

    Jun 16, 2014
    To organize federal employees to work together to ensure that every federal employee is treated with dignity and respect.
    Jul 07, 2014

    We are employees throughout the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). Attorneys comprise most of our bargaining unit, but we also represent Paralegals, Legal Assistants, and IT Specialists in some offices. Our Executive Board consists of the President, Executive Vice President and Chief Steward, Vice President at Large, Secretary and Treasurer.  Please click on the "Officers and Stewards" tab above to view our current list of leaders. 

    Our History

    Chapter 224 was established in 1982 when hearing office attorneys organized nationwide and voted to be represented by NTEU. NTEU represented HHS Regional office employees and employees in Region VIII hearing offices, ultimately certified as the NTEU Multi-Region Chapter. NTEU merged the Chapters into Chapter 224 with two units, the professional unit, and the multiregional unit. Each unit had their own contract until the 2014 Agreement.

    Our Bargaining Unit

    We are in ODAR hearing offices, National Hearing Centers, Regional Offices, Decision Writing Units, National Case Assistance Centers and case processing units. Chapter 224 represents approximately 1800 ODAR employees nationally. NTEU represents over 150,000 federal employees at 31 different agencies.

    What We Do

    We pursue interests germane to attorneys and traditional labor interests for federal employees – wage and salaries, benefits, health and safety, family-friendly workplaces, fair performance assessment, and job security.  We assist employees who are subjected to unfair treatment or lack of due process in their jobs. 

    Jul 26, 2014
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    Jul 07, 2014

    Union Member Rights and Officer Responsibilities under the

    Civil Service Reform Act

    Union Member Rights and Officer Responsibilities under the Civil Service Reform Act

    The standards of conduct provisions of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), among other statutes, guarantee certain rights to Federal employees who exercise their statutory right to become a member of a union representing Federal employees. The provisions also impose certain responsibilities on officers of these unions to ensure union democracy, financial integrity, and transparency.

    The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) is the Federal agency with primary authority to enforce many standards of conduct provisions. If you need additional information, please contact OLMS at 1-866-4-USA-DOL or www.union-reports.dol.gov. If you suspect a violation of these rights or responsibilities, you should refer to your union’s constitution and bylaws for information on union procedures, timeliness, and remedies. Complaints may be filed with OLMS after exhaustion of reasonable internal union remedies.

    See 29 C.F.R. §§ 452.135, 458.54

    Also posted at https://www.nteu.org/dol-rights

    Union Member Rights

    Union Officer Responsibilities

    Bill of Rights - Union members have (1) equal rights to participate in union activities; (2) freedom of speech and assembly; (3) voice in setting rates of dues, fees, and assessments; (4) protection of the right to sue, and (5) safeguards against improper discipline.

    Collective Bargaining Agreements - Union members (and certain nonunion employees) have the right to receive or inspect copies of collective bargaining agreements.

    Constitutions, Bylaws, and Reports - Unions are required to file an initial information report (Form LM-1), copies of constitutions and bylaws, and an annual financial report (Form LM-2/3/4) with OLMS. Unions must make these documents available to members and permit members to examine the records necessary to verify the financial reports for just cause. The documents are public information and copies of reports are available from OLMS and at www.union-reports.dol.gov.

    Officer Elections - Union members have the right to (1) nominate candidates for office; (2) run for office; (3) cast a secret ballot; and (4) protest the conduct of an election within the time limits set by the union’s constitution and/or bylaws.

    Officer Removal - Local union members have the right to an adequate procedure for the removal of an elected officer guilty of serious misconduct.

    Trusteeships - A union may not be placed in trusteeship by a parent body except for those reasons specified in the standards of conduct regulations.

    Protection for Exercising CSRA Rights - A union or any of its officials may not fine, expel, or otherwise discipline a member for exercising any CSRA right.

    Prohibition Against Violence - No one may use or threaten to use force or violence to interfere with a union member in the exercise of his or her CSRA rights.

    Financial Safeguards - Union officers have a duty to manage the funds and property of the union solely for the benefit of the union and its members in accordance with the union's constitution and bylaws. The union must provide accounting and financial controls necessary to assure fiscal integrity.

    Prohibition of Conflicts of Interest - A union officer or employee may not (1) have any monetary or personal interest, or (2) engage in any business or financial transaction that would conflict with his or her fiduciary obligation to the union.

    Bonding - Union officers or employees who handle union funds or property must be bonded to provide protection against losses if their union has property and annual financial receipts that exceed $5,000.

    Labor Organization Reports - Union officers must (1) file an initial information report (Form LM-1) and annual financial reports (Forms LM 2/3/4 ) with OLMS, and (2) retain the records necessary to verify the reports for at least five years.

    Officer Elections - Unions must (1) hold elections of officers of local unions by secret ballot at least every three years; (2) conduct regular elections in accordance with their constitution and bylaws and preserve all records for one year; (3) mail a notice of election to every member at least 15 days prior to the election; (4) comply with a candidate's request to distribute campaign material; (5) not use union funds or resources to promote any candidate (nor may employer funds or resources be used); and (6) permit candidates to have election observers.

    Restrictions on Holding Office - A person convicted of certain crimes may not serve as a union officer, employee, or other representative of a union for up to 13 years.

    Loans - A union may not have outstanding loans to any one officer or employee that in total exceed $2,000 at any time.

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