Our mission is to educate NTEU Chapter 68 members about legislation, which impacts Federal employees and retirees, and to connect members with the legislators who enact this legislation.
"Employees need to understand that being a NTEU Chapter 68 member is not all there is to the union. All employees need to have their voice heard on Capitol Hill and the Union’s legislative activity is set for just that, so our voices can be heard and our rights protected",
Chapter 68 leadership representatives participated and represented your interest at the NTEU National Legislative Conference and Hill Meetings on February 28-March 3, 2017.
Feb 28th, 2017 kicked off the 2017 NTEU Legislative Conference in Washington D.C. Chapter 68 sent five officers: Chapter President, Gary Karibian, Vice President, Maria Zangari, NVP (District 9), Robert Harrington, Chief Steward, Nellie Batista and Legislative Coordinator, Nell Arndt.
In the opening session, we had the usual compliment of outstanding speakers and presenters.
The MA/NH schedule included 15 appointments on Wednesday through Friday. The meetings with the members of congress took place in all four house office buildings: Cannon, Longworth, Russell and Rayburn. The hardest part of the day was actually walking between the buildings. For each appointment, we were greeted by friendly office staff. In all but two appointments, we met with a legislative assistant of member of congress - we were fortunate to meet with Rep. Joe Kennedy and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. Everyone we met with was quite receptive to the five issues we came to discuss: fair pay, retirement, healthcare, agency missions, and workplace rights. We felt that the enthusiasm and energy for the issues that we were promoting which helped to educate the member of congres and their staffs about the need for these important changes in legislative front.
During a rally on Capitol Hill, many speakers spoke about the issues and those Congressmen/woman and Senators that support federal employees said they have never had to fight this hard for federal employees and they need more numbers (meaning members) to help them fight this tremendous fight. They need our voices to help them say “we are not a swamp".